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Iowa's rail system

  • In Iowa, 3, 851 miles of rail freight track are operated and served by 18 railroad companies and two non-operating railroad owners. . Five of these rail carriers are major national companies operating nearly 85 percent of Iowa's total route miles. (2016)

  • The Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) is the largest carrier in Iowa. UP owns or leases 1,291 miles of track in the state or 34 percent of the total track miles. (2016)