South Dakota Railroads

South Dakota Common Freight Carriers

  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
  • D&I Railroad (DAIR)
  • Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad (DMVW)
  • Dakota Southern Railway (DSRC)
  • Ellis and Eastern Company (EE)
  • Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRR)
  • Sunflour Railroad (SNR)
  • Twin Cities and Western Railroad (TCWR)

South Dakota Passenger Carriers

  • Black Hills Central Railroad

South Dakota Defunct Railroads

Name Mark System From To Successor
Aberdeen, Fergus Falls and Pierre Railroad   GN 1886 1886 St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway
Belle Fourche Valley Railway   CNW 1909 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Black Hills Railroad   CB&Q 1881 1882 Black Hills and Fort Pierre Railroad
Black Hills and Fort Pierre Railroad   CB&Q 1882 1932 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Black Hills and Missouri River Railroad     1904 1904 Missouri River and North Western Railway
Buffalo Ridge Railroad BFRR   1988 1992 N/A
Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway   RI 1880 1903 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Burlington Northern Inc. BN   1970 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN   1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway   RI 1880 1902 Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway
Cherokee and Dakota Railroad   IC 1887 1888 Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&Q CB&Q 1886 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway   CB&Q 1901 1907 N/A
Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway   MILW 1909 1912 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway   MILW 1879 1928 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of South Dakota   MILW 1906 1908 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of Washington
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of Washington   MILW 1908 1909 Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad MILW MILW 1928 1982 Burlington Northern Railroad, Dakota Rail, Inc., Dakota Southern Railway, D&I Railroad
Chicago and North Western Railway CNW CNW 1879 1972 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Chicago and North Western Transportation Company CNW CNW 1972 1995 Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1947 1972 N/A
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1903 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway CMO CNW 1881 1972 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Dakota Central Railway   CNW 1879 1900 Winona and St. Peter Railroad
Dakota and Great Southern Railway   MILW 1883 1886 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Dakota Rail, Inc. DAKR   1982 1987 Sisseton Southern Railway
Dakota Short Line, Inc. DAKS   2001 2003 N/A
Dakota Southern Railroad   MILW 1872 1879 Sioux City and Dakota Railroad
Dakota, Wyoming and Missouri River Railroad     1891 1903 Black Hills and Missouri River Railroad
Deadwood Central Railroad   CB&Q 1888 1936 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad   IC 1888 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Duluth, Watertown and Pacific Railway   GN 1885 1907 Great Northern Railway
Fairmount and Veblen Railway   SOO 1912 1915 Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Fargo and Southern Railway   MILW 1881 1885 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Forest City and Gettysburg Railroad     1900 1904 N/A
Forest City and Sioux City Railroad     1888 1896 Forest City and Gettysburg Railroad
Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad   CNW 1886 1903 Chicago and North Western Railway
Grand Island and Wyoming Central Railroad   CB&Q 1886 1897 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Great Northern Railway GN GN 1890 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1887 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG   1972 1982 N/A
James River Valley and North Western Railway   CNW 1909 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad   MSTL 1894 1944 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway MSTL MSTL 1944 1960 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway   MSTL 1884 1894 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad SOO SOO 1944 1961 Soo Line Railroad
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway SOO SOO 1901 1944 Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad
Minnesota, Dakota and Pacific Railway   MSTL 1905 1912 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Minnesota and South Dakota Railway   CNW 1899 1900 Winona and St. Peter Railroad
Missouri River and North Western Railway     1904 1909 Rapid City, Black Hills and Western Railroad
Mound City and Eastern Railway     1927 1940 N/A
Pierre and Fort Pierre Bridge Railway   CNW 1905 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Pierre, Rapid City and North-Western Railway   CNW 1905 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Rapid City, Black Hills and Western Railroad     1909 1948 N/A
Rapid City, Missouri River and St. Paul Railroad   CNW 1891 1905 Pierre, Rapid City and North-Western Railway
St. Paul and Dakota Railroad   CNW 1876 1878 Worthington and Sioux Falls Railroad
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway   GN 1886 1907 Great Northern Railway
St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad   CNW 1879 1881 Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
Sioux City and Dakota Railroad   MILW 1879 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Sioux City and Northern Railroad   GN 1887 1900 Willmar and Sioux Falls Railway
Sioux City and Pembina Railway   MILW 1876 1879 Sioux City and Dakota Railroad
Sioux Falls and Manitoba Railway   GN 1902 1903 South Dakota Central Railway
Sioux Falls Terminal Railroad   GN 1890 1900 Willmar and Sioux Falls Railway
Sioux Falls, Yankton and South Western Railway   GN 1889 1893 Willmar and Sioux Falls Railway
Sisseton Southern Railway SSOR   1987 1989 Sisseton Milbank Railroad
South Dakota Central Railway   GN 1903 1916 Watertown and Sioux Falls Railway
South Dakota Western Railway   CNW 1890 1891 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad
South Sioux Falls Railroad and Rapid Transit Company   GN 1888 1890 Sioux Falls Terminal Railroad
Southern Minnesota Railway   MILW 1878 1880 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Southern Minnesota Railway Extension Company   MILW 1878 1880 Southern Minnesota Railway
Union Pacific Railroad UP   1995 1996 Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad
Watertown and Sioux Falls Railway   GN 1916 1928 Great Northern Railway
White River Valley Railway   MILW 1905 1910 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Willmar and Sioux Falls Railway   GN 1886 1907 Great Northern Railway
Winona and St. Peter Railroad   CNW 1878 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railroad   MSTL 1894 1899 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railway   MSTL 1883 1894 Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railroad
Worthington and Sioux Falls Railroad   CNW 1878 1879 St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad
Wyoming and Missouri River Railroad     1895 1924 Wyoming and Missouri River Railway
Wyoming and Missouri River Railway     1924 1927 N/A
Yankton and Western Railway   CNW/ 
MILW
1890