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Iowa's Counties
Posted by nanaimo73 on Monday, April 10, 2006 2:45 PM

I became interested in Iowa's railroad network 20 years ago, while reading the April 1986 issue of Trains magazine. This special issue was dedicated to the Hawkeye State, and is still one of my favorites. (And may have the first mention of "Regional Railroads" in Trains.)
The decision to start the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha resulted in seven railroads building lines from Chicago to Council Bluffs. From the north these were the Chicago Great Western, the Illinois Central, the Chicago and North Western, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and the Wabash.
Excellent soil and a good climate results in some of the best farmland in the world, especially around Waterloo and Fort Dodge. The branchline network to serve these farms put Iowa's rail mileage over 10,000, giving it 4th place in the United States.
More on the history of Iowa's railroads can be found at this website.
Early Iowa Railmaps     1948Map
All of Iowa's 99 Counties had rail service until 1980. Since then half of the network has been abandoned, and now 9 Counties do not have rail service. Jones County (62) lost service during 1980 when the Milwaukee Road pulled out, followed by Van Buren
County (94) later during 1980 which had a Burlington Northern branch. Next came Decatur County (82) during 1981 when Burlington Northern abandoned another line. The Chicago and North Western pulled up a former CGW line in 1984 through Taylor (76) and Ringgold (79) Counties, and the Milwaukee Road abandoned their line through Howard County (24) also during 1984. Grundy County (52) lost their C&NW (former CGW) route during the late 1980s. During the 1990s Audubon (39) (IAIS) and Davis (91) (NS) Counties lost rail service. Five of the nine rail-less Counties border Missouri.
Current rail network PDF map
Iowa's DOT has an excellent website.

This is a look at each of Iowa's 99 Counties, with a list of railroads operating in them today, and in 1985, and in 1930.

Iowa's Railroads, 2006-
Class 1 Railroads-
   BNSF Railway has 675 miles of track in Iowa and serves 29 Counties, all on
       former Burlington Northern. Lee County is also served by former ATSF track.
   Canadian National has 605 miles of track and serves 24 Counties, on former
       Illinois Central trackage.
   Norfolk Southern has 144 miles of former N&W track and haulage rights on BNSF
       through 9 Counties.
   Union Pacific serves 48 Counties with 1,495 miles of original UP and former
       Chicago and North Western trackage.
Regionals-
   Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern has 25 miles of trackage rights in 2 Counties.
   Iowa Interstate operates 362 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific in
       15 Counties.
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern own 619 miles of former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific track in 26 Counties.
Shortlines-
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City has 60 miles of track in 4 Counties.
   D&I Railroad runs on 41 miles of former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
       through 4 Counties.
   D&W Railroad owns a former C&NW line in Black Hawk, Buchanan and
       Fayette Counties which is operated by the Iowa Northern.
   Iowa Northern Railway operates on 191 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and
       Pacific and Chicago and North Western track in 10 Counties.
   Iowa Northwestern Railroad uses 27 miles of former Chicago and North Western
       (CRI&P) in Dickinson and Emmet County.
   Iowa River Railroad have 34 miles of the former Minneapolis and St. Louis in
       Hardin and Marshall counties. 
   Iowa Traction Railroad uses 10 miles of line in Cerro Gordo County.
   Keokuk Junction Railway has 2 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
       in Lee County.
Switching and Terminal Railroads-
   Appanoose County Community RR operates 36 miles of former Norfolk and
       Western, former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and former
       Burlington Northern in Monroe and Appanoose Counties.
   Boone and Scenic Valley runs freight service on 2 miles of former Chicago and
       North Western track in
   Burlington Junction Railway uses 7 miles of former Burlington Northern track,
       some of it previously part of the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific, in Henry and
       Des Moines Counties.
   Cargill Eddyville has a 5 mile line in Monroe County.
   CBEC Railway is in Pottawattamie County.
   Council Bluffs Railway, also known as the Great Western Railway of Iowa,
       operates in Pottawattamie County.
Passenger-
   Amtrak-California Zephyr operates on BNSF through 11 Counties.
            -Southwest Chief operates on BNSF through Lee County.
   Boone and Scenic Valley runs 10 miles of former Chicago and North Western in
       Boone County.

A list of railroads during 1985, and 1930, follows the 99 Counties.

To try to keep neighboring Counties together, I have the covered the northern three rows first, from west to east, followed by the central three rows and the southern 3 rows. This alphabetical index has the numerical order I used. Adair is the 77th on my list.
Iowa Counties Map 
Adair 77............................Floyd 22............................Monona 32
Adams 75..........................Franklin 20.........................Monroe 87
Allamakee 29......................Fremont 71........................Montgomery 72
Appanoose 88....................Greene 41..........................Muscatine 68
Audubon 39.......................Grundy 52..........................O'Brien 5
Benton 56.........................Guthrie 42..........................Osceola 4
Black Hawk 55....................Hamilton 46........................Page 73
Boone 44...........................Hancock 16........................Palo Alto 11
Bremer 26..........................Hardin 49...........................Plymouth 3
Buchanan 58......................Harrison 33.........................Pocahontas 12
Buena Vista 9.....................Henry 96............................Polk 48
Butler 23...........................Howard 24..........................Pottawattamie 69
Calhoun 40.........................Humboldt 14.......................Poweshiek 54
Carroll 38...........................Ida 34...............................Ringgold 79
Cass 74.............................Iowa 57.............................Sac 37
Cedar 63...........................Jackson 65.........................Scott 67
Cerro Gordo 19...................Jasper 51...........................Shelby 36
Cherokee 6........................Jefferson 93........................Sioux 2
Chickasaw 25.....................Johnson 60.........................Story 47
Clarke 81...........................Jones 62............................Tama 53
Clay 8................................Keokuk 92.........................Taylor 76
Clayton 30..........................Kossuth 13........................Union 78
Clinton 66...........................Lee 99.............................Van Buren 94
Crawford 35........................Linn 59.............................Wapello 90
Dallas 45............................Louisa 97..........................Warren 83
Davis 91.............................Lucas 84..........................Washington 95
Decatur 82..........................Lyon 1.............................Wayne 85
Delaware 61........................Madison 80.......................Webster 43
Des Moines 98.....................Mahaska 89.......................Winnebago 15
Dickinson 7.........................Marion 86..........................Winneshiek 27
Dubuque 64........................Marshall 50........................Woodbury 31
Emmet 10...........................Mills 70.............................Worth 18
Fayette 28..........................Mitchell 21........................Wright 17

 

Northwestern--------------------------------------------------------------------


1-Lyon, County Seat Rock Rapids 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia
 
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Great Northern and former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
   Great Northern
   Illinois Central
.

2-Sioux, County Seat Orange City 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia

Union Pacific runs through Alton (Photos) on a former C&NW line.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Great Northern and former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
   Great Northern
   Illinois Central
.

3-Plymouth, County Seat Le Mars 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia

BNSF (former GN) and Canadian National (former IC) run north through James (Photo), Hinton (Photo), Wren (Photo) and Merrill (Photos). Union Pacific (former C&NW) has rights on the CN line through these towns to Le Mars (Photo) where they gain their own trackage.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Great Northern and former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
   Great Northern
   Illinois Central
. 

4-Osceola, County Seat Sibley 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia

2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Northwestern Railroad (former Chicago and North Western)
       (up for abandonment)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western (former CRI&P and CSPM&O)
1930-
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
.

5-O'Brien, County Seat Primghar 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia
Sheldon (Photo) is at the end of an IC&E line (former CMSP&P) and is also served by Union Pacific.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
   Illinois Central
.

6-Cherokee, County Seat Cherokee 
WikiMapia    Wikipedia

Canadian National operates through Cherokee (Photo) on a line to Sioux City.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
1985-
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Illinois Central
. 

7-Dickinson, County seat Spirit Lake
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Lake Park (Photos) is served by the Iowa Northwestern on a former Rock Island line. The rest of the line heading west to Allendorf is up for abandonment.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Northwestern Railroad (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

8-Clay, County seat Spencer
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

9-Buena Vista, County seat Storm Lake
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CMSP&P and CRI&P)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Minneapolis and St. Louis

 

Northern-------------------------------------------------------------------------


10-Emmet, County seat Estherville
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Union Pacific operates the lines in Estherville (Photo).
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

11-Palo Alto, County seat Emmetsburg
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

12-Pocahontas, County seat Pocahontas
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

13-Kossuth, County seat Algona
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former C&NW and former CRI&P)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

14-Humboldt, County seat Dakota City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former C&NW and former CRI&P and M&STL)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

15-Winnebago, County seat Forest City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
The former CRI&P line to Thompson (Photo) was abandoned by the C&NW during 1985.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CRI&P)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

16-Hancock, County seat Garner
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

17-Wright, County seat Clarion
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Union Pacific serves Belmond (Photo), Eagle Grove (Photos) and Dows (Photos)
on former C&NW trackage.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW, CRI&P and M&STL)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

18-Worth, County seat Northwood
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern (trackage rights)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

19-Cerro Gordo, County seat Mason City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Iowa Terminal runs between Mason City (Photos) and Clear Lake (Photo), parallel
to an IC&E line through Emery (Photos). Union Pacific's branch to Rockwell (Photos) was part of a M&STL line.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern (trackage rights)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Iowa Traction Railroad
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW, CRI&P and M&STL)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Iowa Terminal Railroad (former Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad
.

20-Franklin, County seat Hampton
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Union Pacific travels through Hampton (Photo) on the former Rock Island Spine Line. The CRI&P and the M&STL had north-south routes through Hampton while the CGW passed through on a east-west line.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former CGW, CRI&P and M&STL)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

21-Mitchell, County seat Osage
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central, previously Cedar Valley)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Cedar Valley Railroad (former Illinois Central Gulf)
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

22-Floyd, County seat Charles City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Charles City (Photos) is served by Canadian National and the IC&E, while the Iowa Northern cuts through Rockford (Photos).
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central, previously Cedar Valley)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Cedar Valley Railroad (former Illinois Central Gulf)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Iowa Terminal Railroad (former Charles City Western Railway)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Charles City Western Railway
.

23-Butler, County seat Allison
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago Great Western)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central 

 

Northeast------------------------------------------------------------------------


24-Howard, County seat Cresco
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Howard County lost its rails when the CMSP&P abandoned their line through Cresco (Photos) during 1984.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
.

25-Chickasaw, County seat New Hampton
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Nashua (Photos) is located along a Canadian National line and New Hampton (Photo) is on the IC&E.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central, previously Cedar Valley)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Cedar Valley Railroad (former Illinois Central Gulf)
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

26-Bremer, County seat Waverly
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
The former Illinois Central line through Waverly (Photos) is now owned by CN.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central, previously Cedar Valley)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago Great Western)
   Cedar Valley Railroad (former Illinois Central Gulf)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
.

27-Winneshiek, County seat Decorah
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Iowa, Chicago and Eastern has the former Milwaukee Road line through Calmar (Photos).
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

28-Fayette, County seat West Union
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Oelwein (Photos) was the heart of the Chicago Great Western, and is now served by the Iowa Northern.
Website
2007-
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago and North Western)
   D&W Railroad (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago Great Western)
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

29-Allamakee, County seat Waukon
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The Iowa, Chicago and Eastern travels through Lansing (Photos) and New Albin (Photos) on a former Milwaukee Road line along the Mississippi River. Another IC&E
line cuts through Postville (Photo) on a route across the State.
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

30-Clayton, County seat Elkader
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The IC&E River line goes through Marquette (Photos), McGregor (Photos) and Guttenberg (Photo).
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific 

 

Western------------------------------------------------------------------------


31-Woodbury, County seat Sioux City
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Sioux City (Photos) is served by BNSF, UP, CN and the D&I. To the south is the generating station at Sergeant Bluff (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Great Northern and former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   D&I Railroad (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (C&NW)
   Great Northern
   Illinois Central
.

32-Monona, County seat Onawa
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

33-Harrison, County seat Logan
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Union Pacific and Canadian National have lines through Dunlap (Photos),
Woodbine (Photos), Willett (Photos), Logan (Photos) and Missouri Valley (Photos). Union Pacific also runs through California Junction (Photos) and           Little Sioux (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
   These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

34-Ida, County seat Ida Grove
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2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central
.

35-Crawford, County seat Denison
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Union Pacific's Transcon route runs through Westside (Photo), Vail (Photos) and Denison (Photos), where it meets up with Canadian National's line through
Boyer (Photo) and Deloit (Photo). Together they continue through Arion (Photos), Dow City (Photos) and Haley (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

36-Shelby, County seat Harlan
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Atlantic Northern
.

37-Sac, County seat Sac City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia   Wikipedia 
Wall Lake (Photos) and Odebolt (Photo) are on a CN branch that was a C&NW line.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

38-Carroll, County seat Carroll
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The UP mainline passes through Arcadia (Photos), Carroll (Photos), Glidden (Photo) and Ralston (Photos). Templeton (Photos) is on a part of the Milwaukee Road's Omaha line now operated by BNSF.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
.

39-Audubon, County seat Audubon
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Audubon County lost their rail service during 1995 when the Iowa Interstate stopped serving the town of Audubon.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Atlantic Northern 

 

Central--------------------------------------------------------------------------


40-Calhoun, County seat Rockwell City
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
Yetter (Photos) is located on CN's Omaha line.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
.

41-Greene, County seat Jefferson
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
Scranton (Photos), Jefferson (Photo) and Grand Junction (Photos) are on the UP Transcon. Churdan (Photo) was on a Milwaukee Road line.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CMSP&P and M&STL)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
.

42-Guthrie, County seat Guthrie Center
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Bayard (Photos) is the west end of a BNSF branch from Omaha, which had been part of the CMSP&P Omaha line.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

43-Webster, County seat Fort Dodge
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Canadian National serves Fort Dodge (Photos) and Tara (Photos). UP serves both as well, along with Moorland (Photo), Gowrie (Photo) and Callander (Photo).
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former CGW and M&STL)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
.

44-Boone, County seat Boone
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Boone (Photos), Jordan (Photos), Ogden (Photos) and Beaver (Photo) are along the Union Pacific mainline, as is the Kate Shelly Bridge (Photos).
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Boone and Scenic Valley (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CMSP&P and M&STL)
   Boone and Scenic Valley (former Chicago and North Western, previously
       Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
.

45-Dallas, County seat Adel
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Perry (Photos) was served until recently by Union Pacific.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former CMSP&P and M&STL)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Des Moines and Central Iowa Railroad
.

46-Hamilton, County seat Webster City
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Canadian National's former Illinois Central line passes through Webster City (Photos) and Williams (Photo).
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central
.

47-Story, County seat Nevada
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Nevada (Photos) is a key point for Union Pacific, with the former C&NW heading west through Ames (Photos) and east through Colo (Photos) as well as the former CRI&P spine line which heads south through Cambridge (Photos) and north through McCallsburg. Gilbert(Photos) is on another UP line while Roland (Photo) has lost its service.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CMSP&P and CRI&P)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
.

48-Polk, County seat Des Moines
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From Des Moines (Photos) (Googlemap) lines spread out in several directions. The Iowa Interstate runs west through West Des Moines (Photos) and east through Altoona (Photo). Union Pacific's Spine line goes north through Elkhart (Photos) and Enterprise (Photo) while a branch heads northeast to Bondurant (Photo).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Des Moines Union Railway
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Wabash
   Des Moines Union Railway
   Des Moines and Central Iowa Railroad
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
. 

49-Hardin, County seat Eldora
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Canadian National serves Ackley (Photo), and Union Pacific serves Eldora (Photo) and Steamboat Rock (Photo). Abbott (Photo) has lost rail service. The M&STL ran through all 4 towns.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa River Railroad (former M&STL) 
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CRI&P and M&STL)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

50-Marshall, County seat Marshalltown
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Union Pacific's former C&NW mainline runs through Marshalltown (Photos) (Photos) (Photos), State Center (Photos) and Le Grande (Photos). Another UP line through Marshalltown is former M&STL, and it goes north through Alboin (Photos) and south through Pickering (Photos) and Gilman (Photo). Melbourne (Photos) was at the crossing of CMSP&P and CGW lines.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa River Railroad (former M&STL) 
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW and M&STL)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

51-Jasper, County seat Newton
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The line through Newton (Photos) now is part of Iowa Interstate.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Minneapolis and St. Louis)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Des Moines and Central Iowa Railroad
.

52-Grundy, County seat Grundy Center
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Grundy County lost rail service during the late 1980s when the C&NW abandoned a former CGW line which passed through Reinbeck (Photos).
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

53-Tama, County seat Toledo
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Union Pacific runs through Tama (Photos), where the C&NW and CMSP&P Omaha mainlines used to cross.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (original C&NW and former CGW)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Tama and Toledo
.

54-Poweshiek, County seat Montezuma
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In Grinnell (Photos), the IAIS mainline crosses a UP branch.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Minneapolis and St. Louis)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

55-Black Hawk, County seat Waterloo
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Canadian National and Iowa Northern operate through Waterloo (Photos) (Googlemap) and Cedar Falls (Photos). CN has a line into Minnesota through Janesville (Photos) and the IANR runs south through La Porte City (Photos).
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central, some previously Cedar Valley)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   D&W Railroad (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and
       Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago Great Western)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   Cedar Valley Railroad (former Illinois Central Gulf)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
.

56-Benton, County seat Vinton
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The UP main goes through Belle Plaine (Photos), Blairstown (Photos) and Norway (Photos). Shellsburg (Photo) is along the Iowa Northern line. The Milwaukee Road line through Walford (Photos) is now owned by the CRandIC and also used by the Iowa Interstate.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
.

57-Iowa, County seat Marengo
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Iowa Interstate has their line running through Homestead (Photos) and Marengo (Photo). They have trackage rights on the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City through Amana (Photos) and East Amana (Photo) as well.
2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (some former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul
       and Pacific)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific

 

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58-Buchanan, County seat Independence
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The former Illinois Central line through Independence (Photos) is now part of
Canadian National.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   D&W Railroad (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago Great Western)
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
.

59-Linn, County seat Cedar Rapids
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Cedar Rapids (Photos) (Googlemap) is served by several railroads, including Union Pacific, which also reaches Bertram (Photos), Lisbon (Photos) and Fairfax (Photos). Marion (Photos) recently lost their last line.
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (trackage rights on CR&IC)
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
   Iowa Northern Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (some former Chicago, Milwaukee,
       St. Paul and Pacific)
   Iowa Northern Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
.

60-Johnson, County seat Iowa City
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The former Rock Island line across Iowa now operated by Iowa Interstate travels through Iowa City (Photos), Coralville (Photos) and Oxford (Photo).
2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
1985-
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
.

61-Delaware, County seat Manchester
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Manchester (Photos) and Masonville (Photos) are along Canadian National's former Illinois Central line, while an abandoned Milwaukee Road line went through Hopkinton (Photos) and Delhi (Photos).
2007-
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
1985-
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Manchester and Oneida
.

62-Jones, County seat Anamosa
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Jones County lost rail service during 1980 when the Milwaukee Road abandoned over half of their lines, including one through Monticello (Photos).
An abandoned C&NW line served Anamosa until 1950.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
.

63-Cedar, County seat Tipton
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Clarence (Photos), Mechanicsville (Photos) and Lowden (Photos) are along the Union Pacific mainline. Durant (Photos) is on Iowa Interstate's line.
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

64-Dubuque, County seat Dubuque
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Canadian National crosses the Mississippi River into Dubuque (Photos) and then
heads west across Iowa through Peosta (Photos), Dyersville (Photos) and Farley (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
1930-
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Illinois Central
.

65-Jackson, County seat Maquoketa
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The Iowa, Chicago and Eastern former Milwaukee Road line along the Mississippi River runs through Bellevue (Photos), Pleasant Creek (Photo), Green Island (Photos) and Sabula (Photos). The Milwaukee Road had a narrow gauge line through La Motte (Photos).
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
.

66-Clinton, County seat Clinton
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The former Chicago and North Western line to Omaha crosses the Mississippi into Clinton (Photos) and then heads west through De Witt (Photos), Grand Mound (Photos) and Wheatland (Photos). The Iowa, Chicago and Eastern line runs south from Clinton through Camanche (Photo).
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
  Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western
   Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine
.

67-Scott, County seat Davenport
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The Iowa side of the Quad Cities consists of Davenport (Photos) (Googlemap),
East Davenport (Photos), West Davenport (Photos), Bettendorf (Photos), Nahant (Photos) and Riverdale (Photo). Iowa, Chicago and Eastern's lines head north through Pleasant Valley (Photos), Le Claire (Photos) and Princeton (Photo), and west through Buffalo (Photos). Iowa Interstate's line runs west through Walcott (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western
   Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine
.

68-Muscatine, County seat Muscatine
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The Iowa, Chicago and Eastern runs alongside the Mississippi River through Muscatine (Photos) and Fairport (Photos), before heading across Iowa past Fruitland and the nearby Generating Station. Iowa Interstate's line runs through West Liberty (Photos), Moscow (Photo), Atalissa (Photo), Stockton (Photo) and Wilton (Photo) on the way to Omaha.
2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine

 

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69-Pottawattamie, County seat Council Bluffs
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The focus of Pottawattamie County is the Union Pacific's yards in Council Bluffs (Photos) (Googlemap). BNSF travels near Lake Manawa (Photos), by the
MidAmerica Energy Plant. Union Pacific's former C&NW line heads north through Honey Creek (Photos) and Loveland (Photos), where it ducks under the CN (IC) line.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Canadian National (former Illinois Central)
   Union Pacific (former Union Pacific and Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   CBEC Railway
   Council Bluffs Railway (Great Western Railway of Iowa)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and former
       Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Chicago and North Western
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central)
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   Union Pacific
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
   Iowa Railroad
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Illinois Central
   Union Pacific
   Wabash
.

70-Mills, County seat Glenwood
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The BNSF mainline from Nebraska heads across Iowa from Pacific Junction (Photos) through Balfour, (Photo) Hastings (Photo) and Emerson (Photos)
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Wabash
   Tabor and Northern
.

71-Fremont, County seat Sidney
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A BNSF line heading south to Kansas City passes through McPaul (Photo) and Hamburg (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Wabash
.

72-Montgomery, County seat Red Oak
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BNSF passes through  Red Oak,  (Photos)  Stanton  (Photos)  and McPherson  (Photo).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
.

73-Page, County seat Clarinda
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2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
   Northern Missouri Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Wabash
.

74-Cass, County seat Atlantic
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The city of Atlantic (Photo) is served by the Iowa Interstate using the former Rock Island mainline across Iowa.
2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Atlantic Northern
.

75-Adams, County seat Corning
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2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
.

76-Taylor, County seat Bedford
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Taylor County lost rail service in 1984 after the Chicago and North Western abandoned the former Kansas City line of the Chicago Great Western which crossed into Missouri at Athelstan.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western 

 

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77-Adair, County seat Greenfield
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2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

78-Union, County seat Creston
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BNSF runs through Creston (Photos).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr stops at Creston.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
.

79-Ringgold, County seat Mount Ayr
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The last railroad serving Ringgold County was the Chicago and North Western, using the former Chicago Great Western line to Kansas City through Benton until 1984.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
.

80-Madison, County seat Winterset
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2007-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1985-
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

81-Clarke, County seat Osceola
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Osceola (Photos) is served by BNSF and Amtrak.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr stops at Osceola.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
.

82-Decatur, County seat Leon
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Decatur became the third County without service when Burlington Northern abandoned their line through Leon, and the short branch to Lamoni, (Photos) during 1981.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
.

83-Warren, County seat Indianola
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Union Pacific's Spine Line heading south from Des Moines runs through Carlisle (Photo).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago Great Western
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

84-Lucas, County seat Chariton
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At Chariton (Photos) the Union Pacific former Rock Island Spine Line crosses the
BNSF former CB&Q east-west mainline.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

85-Wayne, County seat Corydon
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2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

86-Marion, County seat Knoxville
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2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash)
   Iowa Interstate (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Wabash
.

87-Monroe, County seat Albia
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Amtrak, BNSF and Norfolk Southern pass through Albia (Photos). The C&NW also reached Albia until recently using a M&STL route.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western)
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Appanoose County Community RR (former Norfolk and Western)
   Cargill Eddyville
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Minneapolis and St. Louis)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
   Wabash
   Southern Iowa Railway
.

88-Appanoose, County seat Centerville
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2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Appanoose County Community RR (former Norfolk and Western, former
       Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and former Burlington Northern)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash)
   Appanoose County Community Railroad (former CB&Q and CRI&P)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Wabash
   Southern Iowa Railway
.

89-Mahaska, County seat Oskaloosa
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The M&STL line went through Oskaloosa (Photos) and Fremont (Photos).
2007-
   Union Pacific (former Chicago and North Western)
1985-
   Chicago and North Western
       (former Minneapolis and St. Louis)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

90-Wapello, County seat Ottumwa
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The mainlines of BNSF Railway and Iowa, Chicago and Eastern meet at Ottumwa (Photos) Just to the west is the Ottumwa Generating Station.
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (haulage rights on BNSF)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr stops at Ottumwa.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad (former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Wabash
.

91-Davis, County seat Bloomfield
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
Davis County had rail service until the 1990s when Norfolk Southern switched to haulage rights on BNSF to reach Des Moines and abandoned their former Wabash line from Missouri.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Wabash
.

92-Keokuk, County seat Sigourney
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Kewash Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago and North Western
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis 

 

Southeastern--------------------------------------------------------------------


93-Jefferson, County seat Fairfield
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy line across Iowa passes through Fairfield (Photos)
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (haulage rights on BNSF)
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr does not stop in the County.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

94-Van Buren, County seat Keosauqua
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
Van Buren was the second Iowa County to lose rail service when the Chicago, Rock Island an Pacific shut down and the Burlington Northern abandoned their ex CB&Q line from Fort Madison to Stockport during 1980.
2007-
   No longer has rail service.
1985-
   No longer had rail service.
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

95-Washington, County seat Washington
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The ICE line in Washington County was owned by the Milwaukee Road until the end of 1985. East of the city of Washington to Muscatine the ICE uses a former CRI&P line.
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former CMSP&P and CRI&P)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific (some former CRI&P)
   Kewash Railroad (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

96-Henry, County seat Mount Pleasant
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The BNSF mainline passes through Mount Pleasant (Photos). The abandoned M&SL line to Peoria went through Olds (Photo).
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (haulage rights on BNSF)
   Burlington Junction Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr stops at Mount Pleasant.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

97-Louisa, County seat Wapello
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The Iowa, Chicago and Eastern crosses the Iowa River at Columbus Junction (Photo) on a former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific line that was operated by the CMSP&P during the 1980s.
2007-
   Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (former CMSP&P, originally CRI&P)
1985-
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific (former CRI&P)
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Minneapolis and St. Louis
.

98-Des Moines, County seat Burlington
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
BNSF's mainline between Chicago and Nebraska enters Iowa at Burlington (Photos) and heads west through West Burlington (Photos) and Danville. (Photos)
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern)
   Norfolk Southern (haulage rights on BNSF)
   Burlington Junction Railway (former Burlington Northern, previously
       Chicago Rock Island and Pacific)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
       The California Zephyr stops at Burlington.
1985-
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Burlington Junction Railway (former Burlington Northern, previously
       Chicago Rock Island and Pacific)
   Amtrak-California Zephyr
1930-
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
.

99-Lee, County seat Fort Madison
GoogleMap   WikiMapia    Wikipedia 
The BNSF Transcon (former ATSF) crosses the Mississippi River into Fort Madison (Photos) (More photos) and heads west through Argyle. (Photos) Another BNSF
line (ex BN) from the north passes through Wever (Photo) and Fort Madison before following the river south to meet with the Keokuk Junction Railway in Keokuk. (Photos)
2007-
   BNSF Railway (former Burlington Northern and former ATSF)
   Norfolk Southern (haulage rights on BNSF)
   Keokuk Junction Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and
       former Toledo, Peoria and Western)
   Amtrak-Southwest Limited
       The Southwest Limited stops at Fort Madison.
1985-
   Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
   Burlington Northern (former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy)
   Keokuk Junction Railway (former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific)
   Amtrak-Southwest Limited
1930-
   Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
   Toledo, Peoria and Western
   Wabash
.  


Iowa Railroads during 1985- 
Class 1s-
   Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe operated in Lee County.
   Burlington Northern operated former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy,
       former Great Northern and former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific in
       29 Counties.
   Chicago and North Western operated in 56 Counties. (Includes original C&NW,
       and former CGW, CMSP&P, CRI&P, CSPM&O and M&STL)
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific operated in 26 Counties.
   Illinois Central Gulf (former Illinois Central) operated in 20 Counties.
       These lines became Chicago, Central and Pacific in December 1985.
   Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk and Western, previously Wabash) operated in
       6 Counties.
   Union Pacific operated in Pottawattamie County.
Regional Railroads-
   Chicago, Central and Pacific began operating former Illinois Central Gulf track in
       11 Counties during December 1985.
   Iowa Interstate operated former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific track in
       16 Counties.
Shortlines-
   Appanoose County Community Railroad operated 12 miles of former CB&Q
       and CRI&P in Appanoose County.
   Burlington Junction Railway operated former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
       track in Des Moines County.
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway operated 60 miles of track (some former
       CMSP&P) in 4 Counties.
   Cedar Valley Railroad operated former Illinois Central Gulf track in 5 Counties.
   Colorado and Eastern Railroad operated former Norfolk Southern, previously
       Wabash  track in 5 Counties.
   D&I Railroad operated 41 miles of former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and
       Pacific through 4 Counties.
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway operated 37 miles in
       Clinton and Scott Counties.
   Des Moines Union Railway operated in Polk County.
   Iowa Railroad operated in Pottawattamie County.
   Iowa Northern Railroad operated 117 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and
       Pacific in 9 Counties.
   Iowa Terminal Railroad operated in Cerro Gordo County (former Mason City and
       Clear Lake Railroad) and in Floyd County (former Charles City Western
       Railway).
   Keokuk Junction Railway operated 5 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and
       Pacific in Lee County.
   Kewash Railroad operated 15 miles of former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
       track in Keokuk and Washington County.
   Northern Missouri Railroad operated former Norfolk Southern, previously Wabash
       track in Page County.
Passenger-
   Amtrak-California Zephyr operated on BNSF through 11 Counties.
            -Southwest Chief operated on BNSF through Lee County.
   Boone and Scenic Valley runs 10 miles of former Chicago and North Western in
       Boone County.


Iowa Railroads during 1930-
Class 1s-
   Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe operated 20 miles in Lee County.
   Chicago and North Western operated 1,734 miles in 50 Counties.
   Chicago, Burlington and Quincy operated 1,445 miles in 34 Counties.
   Chicago Great Western operated 776 miles in 30 Counties.
   Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific operated 1,915 miles in 55 Counties.
   Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific operated 2,251 miles in 67 Counties.
   Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha, part of the
       Chicago and North Western, operated in 6 Counties.
   Great Northern operated 78 miles in 4 Counties.
   Illinois Central operated 718 miles in 29 Counties.
   Minneapolis and St. Louis operated 877 miles in 31 Counties.
   Toledo, Peoria and Western operated into Lee County.
   Union Pacific operated 2 miles in Pottawattamie County.
   Wabash operated 209 miles in 11 Counties.
Other Railroads-
   Atlantic Northern operated 17 miles in 3 Counties.
   Davenport, Rock Island and North Western operated 37 miles in Clinton and
       Scott Counties.
   Des Moines Union Railway operated in Polk County.
   Manchester and Oneida operated 8 miles in Delaware County.
   Tabor and Northern operated 9 miles in Mills County.
Interurbans-
   Cedar Rapids and Iowa City operated 25 miles in Linn and Johnson Counties.
   Charles City Western Railway operated 21 miles in Floyd County.
   Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine operated in Clinton, Scott and
       Muscatine Counties.
   Des Moines and Central Iowa Railroad operated in Dallas, Polk and
       Jasper Counties.
   Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway operated in 6 Counties.
   Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad operated 10 miles in Cerro Gordo County.
   Southern Iowa Railway operated in Monroe and Appanoose Counties.
   Tama and Toledo operated 4 miles in Tama County.
   Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway operated in 5 Counties.


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Dale's Trackside Guides

#1-Mississippi River Crossings
This is a study of the Railroad crossings over the Mississippi River.

#2-Amtrak's Current Routes
A detailed accounting of which railroad owns every mile of track used by Amtrak.

#3-Class 1 Railroads in the 1950s 
A summary of the 127 class 1 railroads in 1950.

#4-The Milwaukee Road Mainline
Points of interest on the CMSP&P mainline from Chicago to Seattle and Portland.

#5-Montana Rail Link, I&MRL and IC&E Rosters 

#6-GP30 Ownership
A simple rundown of the dozens of owners of GP30 locomotives.

#7-Amtrak's Original Routes
A look at the routes used by Amtrak on May 1st, 1971.

#8-Continental Divide Crossings
A summary of the railroad crossings of the Continental Divide in North America

#9-Iowa's Counties
A listing of the railroads operating in Iowa's 99 Counties today and in
1985 and 1930.

#10-America's Regional Railroads
A look at the 62 current and former Regional Railroads in the United States

#11-AC Ownership
Owners of locomotives with AC traction motors

#12-Ohio's Counties
A listing of the railroads operating in Ohio's 88 Counties today and in
1985 and 1930.

#13-1980
A look at the events that took place during 1980 affecting America's railroads.

#14-Pieces of the Rock
Surviving rail lines and locomotives of the Rock Island Railroad.

#15-Amtrak's Abandoned Routes
A State by State list of routes previously used by Amtrak.

#16-Missouri River Crossings
A study of the Railroad crossings over the Missouri River.

Dale's Nexus

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Posted by MP173 on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 6:42 AM
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of research you are willing to do.

Thanks for everything you add to this forum. How do you get all this information? I always thought I was interested in facts, but you just keep rolling.

My favorite drive in Iowa is along the Mississippi from Davenport to Muscatine on Route 22. The old CRIP mainline parallels the river and it is a very pretty route.

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Iowa's Counties
Posted by nanaimo73 on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 1:24 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MP173

Thanks for everything you add to this forum. How do you get all this information? I always thought I was interested in facts, but you just keep rolling.


Thanks Ed,
The Iowa DOT has an excellent website-
http://www.iowarail.com/industry/index.asp  

The AAR site is helpful,
http://www.aar.org/AboutTheIndustry/StateInformation.asp  

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/  
has an excellent traffic density map for members (free)

I'll be using the terrific April 1986 Trains and my 1928 and 1985 Handy Railroad Atlases as well.
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Posted by MP173 on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 2:23 PM
That is quite the website for the Iowa DOT. I wish Indiana had that...perhaps they do and I havent found it.

Did you check out the traffic density map at the Iowa DOT? That is detailed.

If you ever run across other traffic density maps, primarily the midwest, let me know.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, April 17, 2006 12:27 PM
I always thought that I was an ace when it came to research, but you've definitely put me in the minor leagues. More power to you for an incredible of digging and then sharing it with the rest of us.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 1:07 AM
Thanks Paul.
I am glad I did not try to do this with your State. Three more Counties, 2,000 miles more track and twice as many railroads. You certainly live at the center of it all.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 2:42 PM
Wow! A lot of info. Thanks for this info.
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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 10:42 AM
Dale:
I've opined that Clearing Yard is the heart of North American railroading, so maybe I am at the center of it all. Even if you limited your range to the RTA's service area (Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, McHenry and Lake Counties), you would be working on it for a very long time, what with terminal roads, shortlines, interurbans, etc. It would be almost as bad as sorting out the renumberings of Santa Fe's FT's.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by MP173 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:12 AM
Oh come on Dale...do Illinois!

You have conquered the Mississippi River, Iowa, Amtrak routings...what is next?

I am in Chicago probably 3x a week and it is truly an amazing railroad center.

Paul, I would tend to agree that Clearing may be the center of the universe for railroading, at least in North America. I always enjoy driving on Cicero Avenue. Also, there is an interesting place south of the yard in the Industrial park where you can sit in your car (not trespassing) and watch the hump.

Has Clearing remained as busy as always, or has it slowed down with the mergers, etc?

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Posted by nanaimo73 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:21 AM
I don't even think I could do the Calumet area of Chicago, with CRL, CSL, LSBC, ect.
The Peru area is / was almost as bad.
LSBC was one mysterious railroad, and not only with boxcars.
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Posted by MP173 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:31 AM
Dale:

One more thing...I am a traffic density geek. Like to know how much is on rail lines and I have looked at the Iowa map and also the rrpictures site.

Do you have any other web sources for tonnage? I believe you responded on my traffic density thread with Trains issues, but was just wondering if you found anything else.

Thanks.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 12:22 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MP173

Oh come on Dale...do Illinois!

You have conquered the Mississippi River, Iowa, Amtrak routings...what is next?

I am in Chicago probably 3x a week and it is truly an amazing railroad center.

Paul, I would tend to agree that Clearing may be the center of the universe for railroading, at least in North America. I always enjoy driving on Cicero Avenue. Also, there is an interesting place south of the yard in the Industrial park where you can sit in your car (not trespassing) and watch the hump.

Has Clearing remained as busy as always, or has it slowed down with the mergers, etc?

ed

In the early 1990's, Clearing had all but shut down, but has since recovered quite nicely. There was a lead-off news article in TRAINS about how BRC managed to pull off this recovery. The C424's and cow-calf sets are long gone, but I still sneak a peek regularly from near the Wal-Mart when I'm running errands. The SD40-slug sets on the hump are a good replacement for the cow-calf sets.
There are several legal spots around the fringes that I check out depending on where I'm going and how much time I have available. There is a public road along the north edge of the west departure yard that I check periodically and the grade crossing at 65th and Harlem is also pretty good.
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Posted by blhanel on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 3:30 PM
HOLY SH**!!! Looks like I need to visit this side of the forum more often!

Dale, you really need to get a life.[:D]

Seriously, wow, excellent breakdown.
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 4:04 PM
Hey Brian. I was wondering if I could finish  this before you found it.
I should be done Arpil 25th.
Do you have the April 1986 Trains ? 20 years later and it is still one of the best.
I decided the CR&MC was a streetcar line and left it off.
http://www.cedar-rapids.org/documents/cr&mc_carbarn.pdf  

Ed-
The only other tonnage map I have seen on line is Georgia. Some day I'm going to search for them.
http://www.dot.state.ga.us/DOT/plan-prog/intermodal/rail/railmaps.shtml
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Posted by MP173 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 9:29 PM
Dale:

I talked to the map guy at Iowa DOT...Craig O'Reily today. Quite a map. I asked him about the data and how they got it. He indicated the class 1's are required in Iowa to submit the data on their routes. They either do this on a line by line segment or they give him the system data (sure would like to get that info, but he didnt bite when I asked about "public system data").

I am piecing together info, as I get it, unfortunately two of the Trains issues you referenced are not in my office. Hmmm.

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Posted by MP173 on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 9:46 PM
I talked to the Iowa DOT map guy...Craig O'Reilly today and thanked him for the great detail on the map.

He said the class 1's are required to provide the info to him and the smaller lines must fill out an annual report including density.

I thought the Iowa map was great til I caught site of the Georgia stuff. WOW.

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Posted by blhanel on Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:41 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by nanaimo73

Hey Brian. I was wondering if I could fini***his before you found it.
I should be done Arpil 25th.
Do you have the April 1986 Trains ? 20 years later and it is still one of the best.
I decided the CR&MC was a streetcar line and left it off.
http://www.cedar-rapids.org/documents/cr&mc_carbarn.pdf


I'm not sure, but I don't think my stash goes back that far. I will check when I get home tonight. As far as the CR&MC is concerned, yep, it was just a streetcar operation, but I think it ran on the same line as the MILW spur between Marion and CR. Our local railfan club has photos of the streetcars as their banner shots.
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Posted by blhanel on Monday, April 24, 2006 9:42 PM
Finally remembered to check- the oldest issue of Trains in my stash is March of 93.

Oh, and here's the local railfan site-
http://hometown.aol.com/cedarrapidsrail/CRARA.html
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 1:07 AM
Thanks for the link Brian.
I think you would enjoy the Iowa issue if you could get it. Perhaps some day you'll see it for sale at a model train show or something.
I believe the CR&MC had their own line to Marion, beside that IC line on this link along the west side of Indian Creek.
 http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=14&Z=15&X=192&Y=1453&W=1&qs=%7cmarion%7c%7c
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Posted by blhanel on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:46 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by nanaimo73

I believe the CR&MC had their own line to Marion, beside that IC line on this link along the west side of Indian Creek.
.http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=14&Z=15&X=192&Y=1453&W=1&qs=%7cmarion%7c%7c


Now that I think about it, I believe you're right. The MILW spur didn't veer off the main east-west line until it was several hundred yards west of Indian Creek, and the main crossed Indian Creek north of Marion Boulevard. The pictures on the club's website show the interurban line as paralleling Marion Boulevard on the south side where it crossed Indian Creek, as far as I can tell from looking at them, anyway. They sure look like they're shots of the same bridge from opposite sides, and the lay of the road is nearly identical to today's Marion Boulevard. The location of the interurban would then be the wrong side relative to the MILW. I'll have to ask the old hats and the history buffs at the club next time I make it to a meeting.
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 11:25 AM

Does CN still use part of the Milwaukee Road mainline to serve any customers in Marion ?

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Posted by blhanel on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:56 PM
Here's a pictorial answer to that one- a scene from downtown Marion, shot a month ago.



What's left of the MILW main now ends just short of Blairs Ferry Road in NE Cedar Rapids, right in front of where I work.


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Posted by nanaimo73 on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 4:01 PM
Nice pics !
So CN would have about 1 mile of the Milwaukee road left, all of it in this view ?
http://maps.google.com/?ll=42.033771,-91.660781&spn=0.016958,0.037937&t=h&om=0  

It looks like 2 customers, the big white building in the center of the aerial and a spur just west of Rockwell Drive.

That should be all that's left of the CMSP&P Omaha line between Sabula beside the Mississippi and the end of the BNSF line at Bayard.
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Posted by blhanel on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:40 PM
You got it! The big white building is a cardboard box manufacturer, and the spur just west of Rockwell Drive is a cement distributor (Holcim). My desk is very close, if not exactly at, the point where the right margin of the picture crosses the center of the large building on the right. That's the Rockwell Collins north complex.

The old MILW main used to continue straight west, crossing the CN line (and another old abandoned ROW) on an overpass. CN is barely visible next to the I-380 (AKA 27) interstate. The construction of the interstate, along with the western extension of Collins Road, wiped out the last vestiges of the MILW line to the west.

EDIT: Started from your link, zoomed in and scanned left- you can still see the old ROW west of where Collins Road currently ends (there's currently a local battle going on to extend it west and then south to Highway 30), and the piers in the Cedar River where the MILW crossed it. Back in my single days, I used to live in the trailer court just north of what is now the west end of the new Collins Road, and frequently walked along the tracks, sometimes as far as that bridge. I think I even have slides showing trains crossing it. If I get a chance, I'll do some digging and slide scanning!

Another fond memory- when I started at Collins back in '74, the Milwaukee Road was still a crack line, and it was a regular occurance to see a fast freight fly across that Blairs Ferry crossing doing 40 or 50 MPH.
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:24 AM
Did you see any yellow FP45s pulling the "City of Everywhere" through Marion during 1971 ? I would guess they would have stopped there.

This map shows one line from CR heading north and then splitting half way to Marion.
http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=15&Z=15&X=95&Y=726&W=1&qs=%7ccedar+rapids%7c%7c  
The Milwaukee Road reached Kansas City through Marion in 1887, and then the Sabula-Muscatine-Ottumwa line opened in 1903.
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Posted by blhanel on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:04 AM
Unfortunately, I didn't move down here from Minnesota until '74, so I missed seeing any passenger service. My wife, though, who is Cedar Rapids born-and-raised, has taken the train from Marion to Chicago and back on at least one occasion.

The split to the right on that map is an ancient alignment that had all but disappeared even before I came to town, but I remember seeing some evidence of it running through town back then, as well as mention of it in Marion's historical accounts. I'm not sure why- another topic to research.
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:54 AM
Trains says ICG bought the Marion-Cedar Rapids line, but I guess they only had it for a couple of years.

How much of the C&NW passenger beltline survives ? It started just east of the former gantlet bridge over the River.
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Posted by blhanel on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:33 PM
If you're referring to the spur that curls north from the right edge, that's still there- not used for much, other than to park an occasional low-priority UP train on, such as this one.


A few years back UP used it as a detour while they did some work on the Cedar River bridge (used to be a single-track bottleneck, they stretched the piers and added a second track); they ran a few trains up through downtown CR and back down to Beverly. Talk about a royal pain in the ***. Currently nearly all of the local interchange is run through the Beverly side, and the furthest anything comes down from town is the Cargill plant just around the next bend upstream.

That little parking lot on the right center edge of the terraserver picture, just west of the interlocking, is my favorite railfan hangout. Alot of my UP shots are taken from there.
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:37 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by blhanel

If you're referring to the spur that curls north from the right edge, that's still there- not used for much, other than to park an occasional low-priority UP train on, such as this one.
It's my understanding that all of the C&NW passenger trains used that line, so they must have had their station closer to downtown. The Kate Shelly 400 last served your city in October 1957, so that's a passenger spur without passenger trains for almost 50 years. I wonder if Amtrak had started that Chicago-Seattle Pioneer passenger/fast freight train a few years ago where it would have stopped.
QUOTE: That little parking lot on the right center edge of the terraserver picture, just west of the interlocking, is my favorite railfan hangout. Alot of my UP shots are taken from there.
Perhaps they could put a hiking-biking trail on the former Rock Island line on the west side of the river with a bridge over the tracks. That would be a great place for photos.
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Posted by blhanel on Thursday, April 27, 2006 11:01 AM
Great minds think alike! They've beaten you to it. Took awhile, though- for many years, whomever had title to the abandoned RI bridge (I think it was CRANDIC?) blocked all attempts by UP to remove it so they could double-track the Cedar River crossing. They called it a "historic structure". Finally, IIRC, the city took over the property, and now we do have an excellent paved trail that ties into the trail system, including the 50-some-mile Cedar Valley Trail that runs from CR to Waterloo. This stretch follows the old RI ROW from downtown to Highway 30. Unfortunately, due to the mesh used on the pedestrian overpass and the proliferation of power poles/power lines paralleling the ROW, picture-taking from the ped bridge is not that great. I do have a few shots from there that I've neglected to get uploaded to rrpicturearchives- maybe tonight.

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