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Iowa Northern Railway Company (IANR) - 2008


The Iowa Northern Railway was incorporated in 1984 and is one of the first short-line railroads in the state. The IANR was formed from the bankrupt Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. The railroad is headquartered in Greene, Iowa. The railroad was originally owned by a group of grain elevators located along the line. The line was sold in 1994 to the current owners and maintains corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The IANR operates 169 miles in Iowa between Cedar Rapids and Manly in north central Iowa including the line (18.8 miles) between Dewar and Oelwein under an operating agreement with the D&W Railroad. The railroad connects with the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railroad in Cedar Rapids; with the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo; with the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (formerly the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad) in Nora Springs and Plymouth Junction; with the Union Pacific in Cedar Rapids and Manly; and with the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad in Manly. The railroad employs 83 people, all located in Iowa.

The main products handled by the IANR include grain, chemicals/fertilizers, food products, stone, ethanol and machinery.