Suzi Carmichael and Hal Carmichael were present Friday to assist the
unveiling of a large plaque that will hang in the Dune Park South Shore
station dedicating it to the memory of their late husband and father.
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District chairman Mark Catanzarite
of St. Joseph County said William Carmichael, who passed away Dec. 6, 2008,
was the longest serving board member of NICTD, a public agency that owns and
operates the South Shore Railroad.
Carmichael, of Chesterton and a former Porter County Commissioner and Porter
County Council member, served on the NICTD board for 24 years and led it as
chairman from 1982 to 1992.
The approximately 24-inch by 30-inch, 70-pound bronze plaque bears an
engraved likeness of Carmichael.
The inscription said Carmichael worked tirelessly to improve and expand the
commuter rail service. "Through his leadership, determination and vision
Dune Park became the first new station after the creation of NICTD."
"We all owe him a debt of gratitude for this railroad and station," said
Catanzarite, telling Suzi and Hal that the board also appreciates what the
family's contributed in letting Bill devote the time needed to serve on
The plaque, presented from the NICTD board and dated Friday, will be affixed
inside the station, located on the north side of U.S. 12 just east of
Indiana 49. NICTD's administrative offices adjoin the station.
NICTD, which includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties,
operates electric passenger trains between South Bend and Chicago and
carries approximately 4 million passengers a year.