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Iowa's rail system

  • In Iowa, 3,893 miles of rail freight track are operated and served by 18 railroad companies. Five of these rail carriers are major national companies operating more than 80 percent of Iowa's total route miles. (2011)

  • The Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) is the dominant carrier in Iowa. UP owns or leases 1,305 miles of track in the state or 34 percent of the total track miles. (2011)