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Iowa Common Freight Carriers

  • Appanoose County Community Railroad (APNC)
  • Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (BSVY)
  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)
  • Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY)
  • Canadian National Railway (CN)
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
  • Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CIC)
  • D&I Railroad (DAIR)
  • Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS)
  • Iowa Northern Railway (IANR)
    • Operates the D&W Railroad
  • Iowa Northwestern Railroad (IANW)
  • Iowa River Railroad (IARR)
  • Iowa Traction Railroad (IATR)
  • Keokuk Junction Railway (KJRY)
  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)

Iowa Private Freight Ccarriers

  • CBEC Railway
  • East Camden and Highland Railroad

Iowa Passenger Carriers

  • Amtrak (AMTK)
  • Fourth Street Elevator

Iowa Defunct Railroads

Name Mark System From To Successor
Albia and Centerville Railway     1890 1910 Southern Iowa Traction Company
Albia, Knoxville and Des Moines Railroad   CB&Q 1868 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad   ATSF 1889 1895 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway ATSF ATSF 1895 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Atlantic and Audubon Railroad   RI 1878 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Atlantic Northern Railway     1913 1936 N/A
Atlantic Northern and Southern Railway     1906 1913 Atlantic Northern Railway, Atlantic Southern Railway
Atlantic Southern Railroad   RI 1879 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Atlantic Southern Railway     1913 1915 N/A
Avoca, Harlan and Northern Railroad   RI 1878 1899 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Avoca, Macedonia and South Western Railroad   RI 1879 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Bellevue and Cascade Railroad     1933 1936 N/A
Boone County Railway   CNW 1899 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Boone Valley Coal and Railway Company   CNW 1893 1899 Marshalltown and Dakota Railway
Boyer Valley Railway   CNW 1898 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Brownville and Nodaway Valley Railway   CB&Q 1872 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway   RI 1868 1878 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway   RI 1876 1903 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Burlington, Fort Madison and Southwestern Railway   CB&Q 1870 1871 Burlington and Southwestern Railway
Burlington and Missouri Railroad   CB&Q 1871 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington and Missouri River Railroad   CB&Q 1852 1875 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska   CB&Q 1869 1880 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington, Muscatine and Northwestern Railway   RI 1925 1952 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Burlington Northern Inc. BN   1970 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN   1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Burlington and Northwestern Railway   CB&Q 1876 1902 Burlington and Western Railway
Burlington and Northwestern Narrow Gauge Railway   CB&Q 1875 1876 Burlington and Northwestern Railway
Burlington and Southwestern Railway   CB&Q 1871 1880 Chicago, Burlington and Kansas City Railway
Burlington and Southwestern Railway   CB&Q 1869 1870 Burlington, Fort Madison and Southwestern Railway
Burlington and Western Railway   CB&Q 1881 1903 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Cedar Falls and Minnesota Railroad   IC 1858 1896 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Cedar Falls and New Hartford Railroad   IC 1903 1904 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Cedar Falls and North Eastern Railroad   IC 1904 1905 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Cedar Rapids and Burlington Railroad   RI 1867 1868 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway
Cedar Rapids and Chicago Railroad   IC 1886 1888 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Cedar Rapids and Clinton Railway   RI 1882 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Cedar Rapids, Garner and Northwestern Railway   RI 1898 1900 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway   RI 1880 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad   CNW 1860 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Cedar Rapids and St. Louis Railroad   MILW 1871 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Cedar Rapids and St. Paul Railway   RI 1865 1868 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway
Cedar Valley Railroad CVAR   1984 1991 Cedar River Railroad
Centerville, Albia and Southern Railway     1914 1916 Iowa Southern Utilities Company
Centerville, Moravia and Albia Railroad     1879 1890 Albia and Centerville Railway
Central Railroad of Iowa   MSTL 1869 1877 Central Iowa Railway
Central Iowa Railway CIRC   1974 1974 N/A
Central Iowa Railway   MSTL 1878 1888 Iowa Railway
Chariton, Des Moines and Southern Railroad   CB&Q 1876 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Charles City Railway Line, Inc. CCRY   1987 1994 N/A
Charles City Western Railway     1910 1964 Iowa Terminal Railroad
Cherokee and Dakota Railroad   IC 1887 1888 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Chicago, Anamosa and Northern Railway     1903 1916 N/A
Chicago, Bellevue, Cascade and Western Railway   MILW 1878 1880 Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Kansas City Railway   CB&Q 1880 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Northern Railroad   CB&Q 1885 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&Q CB&Q 1868 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway   CB&Q 1901 1907 N/A
Chicago, Burlington and Pacific Railroad   MSTL 1882 1882 Central Iowa Railway
Chicago, Clinton and Dubuque Railroad   MILW 1871 1877 Clinton and Dubuque Railroad
Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad   MILW 1878 1880 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago, Clinton and Western Railroad   RI 1877 1878 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Chicago, Decorah and Minnesota Railway   RI 1881 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Chicago, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad   MILW 1871 1877 Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Chicago, Fort Madison and Des Moines Railroad   CB&Q 1899 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Fort Madison and Des Moines Railway   CB&Q 1890 1899 Chicago, Fort Madison and Des Moines Railroad
Chicago Great Western Railroad CGW CGW 1909 1941 Chicago Great Western Railway
Chicago Great Western Railway CGW CGW 1940 1968 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago Great Western Railway   CGW 1892 1909 Chicago Great Western Railroad
Chicago, Iowa and Dakota Railway   CNW 1882 1903 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago, Iowa and Kansas Railway   RI 1876 1877 Chicago, Clinton and Western Railroad
Chicago, Iowa and Minnesota Railway   CNW 1895 1901 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad   CNW 1856 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago, Iowa and Northern Pacific Railroad   RI 1885 1888 Davenport, Iowa and Dakota Railroad
Chicago and Iowa Western Railway   RI 1891 1894 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway   MILW 1874 1928 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad MILW MILW 1928 1985 The Milwaukee Road, Inc.
Chicago and North Western Railway CNW CNW 1864 1972 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Chicago and North Western Transportation Company CNW CNW 1972 1995 Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Omaha and St. Joseph Railroad   RI 1872 1882 Cedar Rapids and Clinton Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1947 1980 Burlington Northern Inc., Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Chicago and North Western Railway, Iowa Railroad, Iowa Northern Railway, Keokuk Junction Railway, Kewash Railroad
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad   RI 1902 1916 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad   RI 1866 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1880 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City Railway   CGW 1886 1893 Chicago Great Western Railway
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway CMO CNW 1881 1972 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway   ATSF 1887 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway of Iowa   ATSF 1886 1887 Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway
Chicago and South Western Railway   RI 1869 1876 Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad
Chillicothe and Chariton Railroad   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Clarinda, College Springs and South Western Railroad   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Clinton and Dubuque Railroad   MILW 1877 1878 Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Colfax Northern Railroad     1901 1912 Colfax Northern Railway
Colfax Northern Railway     1912 1926 N/A
Council Bluffs Railway CBGR   1991 2006 Iowa Interstate Railroad
Council Bluffs and Ottumwa Railway CBOA   1989 1991 Council Bluffs Railway
Council Bluffs and St. Joseph Railroad   CB&Q 1858 1869 St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad
Council Bluffs and St. Louis Railway   WAB 1878 1886 Omaha and St. Louis Railway
Creston Branch of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad   CB&Q 1871 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Creston and Northern Railroad   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Creston, Winterset and Des Moines Railroad     1911 1918 N/A
Crooked Creek Railroad and Coal Company   CNW 1875 1916 Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad
Davenport, Clinton and Eastern Railway   CB&Q/ MILW 1895 1901 Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
Davenport, Iowa and Dakota Railroad   RI 1882 1892 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Davenport and North Western Railway   MILW 1876 1879 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Davenport and Rock Island Railway Bridge Company   CB&Q/ MILW 1884 1895 Davenport and Rock Island Bridge, Railway and Terminal Company
Davenport and Rock Island Bridge, Railway and Terminal Company   CB&Q/ MILW 1895 1898 Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway DRI CB&Q/ MILW 1898 1995 Soo Line Railroad
Davenport and St. Paul Railroad   MILW 1868 1876 Davenport and North Western Railway
Des Moines, Adel and Western Railroad   MILW 1875 1880 Des Moines North Western Railway
Des Moines and Central Iowa Railroad D&CI, DCI CNW 1922 1949 Des Moines and Central Iowa Railway
Des Moines and Central Iowa Railway DCI CNW 1949 1983 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad   MSTL 1874 1915 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Des Moines, Indianola and Missouri Railroad   RI 1870 1876 Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad
Des Moines, Iowa Falls and Northern Railway   RI 1899 1908 St. Paul and Des Moines Railroad
Des Moines and Kansas City Railway   CB&Q 1888 1898 Keokuk and Western Railroad
Des Moines and Knoxville Railway   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Des Moines and Minneapolis Railroad   CNW 1877 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad   CNW 1870 1877 Des Moines and Minneapolis Railroad
Des Moines and Northern Railway   MILW 1889 1891 Des Moines, Northern and Western Railway
Des Moines, Northern and Western Railroad   MILW 1895 1899 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Des Moines, Northern and Western Railway   MILW 1891 1895 Des Moines, Northern and Western Railroad
Des Moines North Western Railway   MILW 1880 1888 Des Moines and Northwestern Railway
Des Moines and Northwestern Railway   MILW 1887 1891 Des Moines, Northern and Western Railway
Des Moines, Osceola and Southern Railroad   CB&Q 1879 1887 Des Moines and Kansas City Railway
Des Moines and St. Louis Railroad   WAB 1881 1899 Wabash Railroad
Des Moines Southern Railway   RI 1901 1903 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Des Moines Terminal Company     1902    
Des Moines Union Railway DMU   1884 1989 Norfolk and Western Railway
Des Moines Valley Railroad   MSTL, RI 1864 1873 Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad, Keokuk and Des Moines Railway
Des Moines Western Railway   CNW   1974 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Des Moines Western Railway   MILW 1871 1874 Des Moines, Adel and Western Railroad
Des Moines, Winterset and South Western Railroad   RI 1871 1879 Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad
Dubuque, Bellevue and Mississippi Railway   MILW 1870 1871 Chicago, Clinton and Dubuque Railroad
Dubuque and Dakota Railroad   CGW 1878 1887 Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad
Dubuque and MacGregor Railway   MILW 1868 1869 Dubuque and Minnesota Railway
Dubuque, Marion and Western Railroad   MILW 1860 1863 Dubuque South Western Railroad
Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad   MILW 1877 1878 Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Dubuque and Minnesota Railway   MILW 1869 1871 Chicago, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Dubuque and Northwestern Railway   CGW 1883 1886 Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad
Dubuque and Pacific Railroad   IC 1853 1860 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad   IC 1860 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Dubuque South Western Railroad   MILW 1863 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Dubuque Western Railroad   MILW 1855 1861 Dubuque, Marion and Western Railroad
Dunleith and Dubuque Bridge Company   IC 1867 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Eldora Railroad and Coal Company   MSTL 1866 1868 Iowa River Railway
Fairfield and Ottumwa Railroad   CB&Q 1900 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Farmers Union Railroad     1875 1875 N/A
Forest City Southern Railway   CNW 1881 1882 Chicago, Iowa and Dakota Railway
Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad   CNW 1906 1942 Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway
Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railway FDDM CNW 1942 1983 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Fort Dodge and Fort Ridgeley Railroad   MSTL 1878 1881 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Fort Dodge and Fort Ridgeley Railroad and Telegraph Company   MSTL 1876 1878 Fort Dodge and Fort Ridgeley Railroad
Fort Dodge and Omaha Railroad   IC 1898 1900 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Fort Madison, Farmington and Western Railroad   CB&Q 1869 1870 Burlington, Fort Madison and Southwestern Railway
Fort Madison and Keokuk Railway and Transportation Company   CB&Q 1862 1867 Keokuk and St. Paul Railway
Fort Madison and Northwestern Railway   CB&Q 1872 1890 Chicago, Fort Madison and Des Moines Railway
Fort Madison, Oskaloosa and Northwestern Railway   CB&Q 1872 1872 Fort Madison and Northwestern Railway
Fort Madison, West Point, Keosauqua and Bloomfield Railroad   CB&Q 1853 1857 Iowa Southern Railroad
Galena and Chicago Union Railroad   CNW 1862 1864 Chicago and North Western Railway
Gowrie and Northwestern Railway   RI 1899 1900 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Great Northern Railway GN GN 1907 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Grinnell and Montezuma Railroad   MSTL 1875 1882 Keithsburg, Grinnell and Dakota Railway
Guthrie and Northwestern Railroad   RI 1879 1890 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Harlan and Kirkman Railway   CNW 1899 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Hastings and Avoca Railroad   CB&Q 1870 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Humeston and Shenandoah Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1896 Humeston and Shenandoah Railway
Humeston and Shenandoah Railway   CB&Q 1896 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1867 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG   1972 1985 Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad
I&M Rail Link IMRL   1997 2002 Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad
Iowa Railroad IRRC   1981 1987 N/A
Iowa Railway   MSTL 1888 1888 Iowa Central Railway
Iowa Railway, Coal and Manufacturing Company   CNW 1873 1887 Chicago and North Western Railway
Iowa Central Railway   MSTL 1888 1912 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Iowa Central Air Line Railroad   CNW 1853 1864 Mississippi, Maquoketa and Northwestern Railroad
Iowa Central and Northwestern Railway   MSTL 1880 1882 Central Iowa Railway
Iowa Central and Western Railway   MSTL 1898 1916 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad ICE   2002 2008 Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad
Iowa City and Western Railway   RI 1878 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Iowa Eastern Railroad   MILW 1872 1880 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad   IC 1867 1888 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Iowa and Great Northern Railway   GN 1905 1910 Great Northern Railway
Iowa Midland Railway   CNW 1870 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Iowa and Minnesota Railroad   RI 1870 1883 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway
Iowa and Minnesota Railway   CNW 1866 1870 Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad
Iowa, Minnesota and North Pacific Railway   RI 1871 1877 Newton and Monroe Railroad
Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern Railway   CNW 1898 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Iowa and Missouri State Line Railroad   CB&Q 1859 1870 Burlington and Southwestern Railway
Iowa Northern Railway     1882 1901 Colfax Northern Railroad
Iowa Northern Central Railroad   CB&Q 1867 1870 Keokuk, Iowa City and Minnesota Railroad
Iowa and Omaha Short Line Railway     1908 1916 N/A
Iowa Pacific Railroad   CGW 1870 1879 Dubuque and Dakota Railroad, Mason City and Fort Dodge Railroad
Iowa River Railway   MSTL 1868 1869 Central Railroad of Iowa
Iowa and St. Louis Railway   CB&Q 1901 1903 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Iowa Southern Railroad ISR   1984 1989 Council Bluffs and Ottumwa Railway
Iowa Southern Railroad   CB&Q 1857 1862 Fort Madison and Keokuk Railway and Transportation Company
Iowa Southern Railway   CNW 1913 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Iowa Southern Railway   CB&Q 1868 1870 Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska Railway
Iowa Southern Junction Railroad   CB&Q 1858 1859 Iowa Southern Railroad
Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad   RI 1876 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Iowa Southern Utilities Company ISN, ISU   1916 1941 Southern Iowa Railway
Iowa Southwestern Railroad   RI 1870 1872 Chicago, Omaha and St. Joseph Railroad
Iowa and Southwestern Railway       1916 N/A
Iowa South Western Railway   CNW 1880 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Iowa Terminal Railroad IAT   1961 1987 Charles City Railway Line, Inc., Iowa Traction Railroad
Iowa Transfer Railway   CB&Q/ CGW/ RI 1906   NA
Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad   CB&Q 1870 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Keithsburg Bridge Company   MSTL 1881 1901 Iowa Central Railway
Keithsburg, Grinnell and Dakota Railway   MSTL 1882 1882 Central Iowa Railway
Keokuk Railway and Improvement Company   CB&Q 1891 1900 St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad
Keokuk and Des Moines Railway   RI 1874 1924 St. Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad
Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad   MSTL, RI 1853 1864 Des Moines Valley Railroad
Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge Company     1868   NA
Keokuk and Hamilton Mississippi Bridge Company     1866 1868 Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge Company
Keokuk, Iowa City and Minnesota Railroad   CB&Q 1870 1874 Burlington and Northwestern Railway, Keokuk and North Western Railroad
Keokuk and Minnesota Railway   CB&Q 1869 1870 Keokuk, Iowa City and Minnesota Railroad
Keokuk, Mount Pleasant and Muscatine Railroad   CB&Q 1855 1866 Keokuk and St. Paul Railway
Keokuk, Mount Pleasant and Northern Railroad   CB&Q 1879 1881 Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad
Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1889 Mount Pleasant and Keokuk Railroad
Keokuk and North Western Railroad   CB&Q 1876 1881 Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad
Keokuk and St. Paul Railway   CB&Q 1867 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Keokuk Union Depot Company   CB&Q/ RI/ TP&W/ WAB 1890   NA
Keokuk and Western Railroad   CB&Q 1886 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Keosauqua and Southwestern Railroad   RI 1880 1890 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Kewash Railroad KWTR   1983 1988 N/A
Leon, Mount Ayr and Southwestern Railroad   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Linn County Railway   CNW 1886 1887 Chicago and North Western Railway
Manchester and Oneida Railway     1900 1951 N/A
Maple River Railroad   CNW 1876 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Maple Valley Railway   CNW 1886 1887 Chicago and North Western Railway
Maquoketa, Hurstville and Dubuque Railroad   MILW 1888 1903 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Marshalltown and Dakota Railway   CNW 1895 1903 Newton and Northwestern Railroad
Mason City and Fort Dodge Railroad   CGW 1881 1940 Chicago Great Western Railroad
Mason City and Fort Dodge Railway   CGW 1902 1905 Mason City and Fort Dodge Railroad
Mason City and Minnesota Railway   MILW 1870 1871 Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
McGregor and Missouri River Railway   MILW 1869 1880 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
McGregor and Sioux City Railway   MILW 1868 1869 McGregor and Missouri River Railway, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
McGregor Western Railway   MILW 1863 1867 Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Milwaukee, Chicago, Cassville and Montana Railroad   MILW 1871 1872 Iowa Eastern Railroad
Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien Railway   MILW 1865 1867 Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
The Milwaukee Road, Inc. MILW MILW 1985 1986 Soo Line Railroad
Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway   MILW 1867 1874 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad   MSTL 1895 1944 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad and Telegraph Company of Iowa   MSTL 1895 1895 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway MSTL MSTL 1939 1960 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway   MSTL 1881 1894 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad and Telegraph Company of Iowa
Minnesota and Iowa Railway   CNW 1898 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minnesota and Iowa Southern Railway   MSTL 1878 1881 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad   CGW 1886 1887 Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City Railway
Mississippi, Maquoketa and Northwestern Railroad   CNW 1868 1871 Iowa Midland Railway
Mississippi and Missouri Railroad   RI 1853 1866 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Mississippi River Railroad and Toll Bridge Company   ATSF 1886 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Mississippi Valley and Western Railway   CB&Q 1871 1875 St. Louis, Keokuk and North Western Railway
Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska Railway   CB&Q 1870 1886 Keokuk and Western Railroad
Missouri Valley and Blair Railway and Bridge Company   CNW 1882 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Moulton, Albia and Des Moines Railroad   WAB 1899 1899 Wabash Railroad
Mount Pleasant and Keokuk Railroad   CB&Q 1889 1889 St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad
Moville Extension Railway   CNW 1901 1901 Sioux City and Pacific Railroad
Murray and Creston Railroad   CB&Q 1900 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Muscatine, Burlington and Southern Railroad   RI 1916 1925 Burlington, Muscatine and Northwestern Railway
Muscatine and Iowa City Railway     1915 1916 N/A
Muscatine North and South Railroad   RI 1893 1905 Muscatine North and South Railway
Muscatine North and South Railway   RI 1905 1916 Muscatine, Burlington and Southern Railroad
Muscatine Western Railroad   RI 1870 1872 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway
Nebraska Railway   CB&Q 1875 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Nebraska City, Sidney and North Eastern Railway   CB&Q 1878 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
New Sharon, Coal Valley and Eastern Railroad   MSTL 1880 1882 Chicago, Burlington and Pacific Railroad
Newton and Monroe Railroad   RI 1877 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Newton and Northwestern Railroad   CNW 1902 1909 Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad
Norfolk and Western Railway N&W, NW   1964 1998 Norfolk Southern Railway
Omaha Bridge and Terminal Railway Company   IC 1893 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Omaha and St. Louis Railroad   WAB 1896 1901 Wabash Railroad
Omaha and St. Louis Railway   WAB 1887 1896 Omaha and St. Louis Railroad
Ottumwa, Cedar Falls and St. Paul Railway   CNW 1883 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Ottumwa Terminal Railroad       1989 Council Bluffs and Ottumwa Railway
Red Oak and Atlantic Railroad   CB&Q 1870 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Sabula, Ackley and Dakota Railroad   MILW 1870 1872 Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Sac City and Wall Lake Railroad   CNW 1877 1878 Maple River Railroad
St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad   CB&Q 1869 1870 Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad
St. Louis and Cedar Rapids Railway   WAB 1865 1873 St. Louis, Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids Railway
St. Louis, Des Moines and Northern Railway   MILW 1881 1889 Des Moines and Northern Railway
St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad   CB&Q 1887 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
St. Louis, Keokuk and North Western Railway   CB&Q 1875 1887 St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern Railroad
St. Louis, Keosauqua and St. Paul Railroad   RI 1873 1875 Keosauqua and Southwestern Railroad
St. Louis, Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids Railway   WAB 1875 1887 Wabash Western Railway
St. Paul and Des Moines Railroad   RI 1905 1911 St. Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad
St. Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad   RI 1911 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad   CNW 1879 1879 Sioux City and Dakota Railroad
Sioux City and St. Paul Railroad   CNW 1866 1879 St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad
Sioux City Terminal Railroad and Warehouse Company   GN 1889 1900 Union Terminal Railway
Sioux City Terminal Railway SCT   1907 1972 N/A
Sioux Valley Railway   CNW 1887 1887 Chicago and North Western Railway
Soo Line Railroad SOO CP 1986 1997 I&M Rail Link
Southern Industrial Railroad SIRR   1964 1967 N/A
Southern Iowa Railway     1941 1965 Southern Industrial Railroad
Southern Iowa Railway   CNW 1900 1901 Chicago and North Western Railway
Southern Iowa Traction Company     1910 1914 Centerville, Albia and Southern Railway
Stacyville Railroad   IC 1897 1903 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Stanwood and Tipton Railway   CNW 1872 1884 Chicago and North Western Railway
Tabor and Northern Railway     1887 1934 N/A
Tama and Toledo Railroad   CNW   1953 Chicago and North Western Railway
Tarkio Valley Railroad   CB&Q 1880 1900 Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad
Toledo and Northwestern Railway   CNW 1869 1890 Chicago and North Western Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw Railway   TP&W 1869 1880 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad TP&W, TPW TP&W 1926 1983 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad   TP&W 1879 1886 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway TPW   1989 2001 Keokuk Junction Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway TP&W TP&W 1887 1927 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad   UP 1862 1880 Union Pacific Railway
Union Pacific Railway   UP 1880 1898 Union Pacific Railroad
Union Terminal Railway   GN 1900 1910 Great Northern Railway
Wabash Railroad WAB WAB 1937 1991 Norfolk and Western Railway
Wabash Railroad   WAB 1889 1915 Wabash Railway
Wabash Railway   WAB 1915 1941 Wabash Railroad
Wabash Western Railway   WAB 1887 1889 Wabash Railroad
Waterloo Railroad WLO IC/ RI 1955   NA
Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railroad   IC/ RI 1944 1956 Waterloo Railroad
Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway   IC/ RI 1904 1944 Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railroad
Waukon and Mississippi Railroad   MILW 1875 1880 Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad
Waverly Short Line   RI 1885 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Webster City and Southwestern Railroad   CNW 1883 1890 Crooked Creek Railroad and Coal Company
Western Iowa Railroad   CB&Q 1884 1901 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Willmar and Sioux Falls Railway   GN 1900 1907 Great Northern Railway
Winona, Osage and Southwestern Railway   CGW 1891 1891 Winona and Southwestern Railway
Winona and Southwestern Railway   CGW 1888 1894 Winona and Western Railway
Winona and Western Railway   CGW 1894 1901 Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railroad
Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska Railway   CGW 1882 1886 Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City Railway
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railroad   CGW 1901 1920 Chicago Great Western Railroad
Worthington and Sioux Falls Railroad    CNW 1879 1879 St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad

Iowa Electric Railroads

  • Albia Interurban Railway
  • Albia Light and Railway Company
  • Ames and College Railway
  • Burlington Electric Railway
  • Burlington Railway and Light Company
  • Cedar Falls and Normal Railway
  • Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway and Light Company
  • Cedar Rapids and Marion City Railway
  • Centerville Light and Traction Company
  • Charles City Western Railway
  • Citizens' Railway and Light Company
  • Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine Railway
  • Clinton Street Railway
  • Clinton and Lyons Horse Railway
  • Colfax Springs Railway
  • Davenport and Muscatine Railway
  • Des Moines City Railway
  • Des Moines Street Railroad
  • Des Moines Suburban Railway
  • Dubuque Street Railway
  • Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad
  • Fort Dodge Street Railway
  • Fort Madison Street Railway
  • Inter-Urban Railway (ITU)
  • Iowa Railway and Light Company
  • Iowa City Electric Company
  • Iowa and Illinois Railway
  • Iowa Southern Utilities Company
  • Keokuk Electric Company
  • Keokuk Electric Railway and Power Company
  • Lake Manawa and Manhattan Beach Railway
  • Marshalltown Light, Power and Railway Company
  • Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad
  • Mississippi Valley Electric Company
  • Newton and Northwestern Railroad
  • Omaha and Council Bluffs Railway and Bridge Company
  • Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway
  • Omaha, Council Bluffs and Suburban Railway
  • Oskaloosa and Buxton Electric Railway
  • Oskaloosa Traction and Light Company
  • Ottumwa Railway and Light Company
  • Ottumwa Traction and Light Company
  • Sioux City, Crystal Lake and Homer Electric Railway
  • Sioux City, Homer and Southern Railway
  • Sioux City Service Company
  • Sioux City Traction Company
  • Tama and Toledo Railroad
  • Tama and Toledo Railway
  • Tri-City Railway
  • Tri-City Railway and Light Company
  • Union Electric Company
  • Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railroad
  • Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway
  • Waterloo and Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Company
  • Waterloo Street Railway

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