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Keokuk Junction Railroad Co. (KJRY) - 2008


The Keokuk Junction Railway was incorporated in May 1980 to purchase 4.5 miles of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad yard track in Keokuk. In December 1986 the railroad expanded its operations by purchasing the line between Keokuk and La Harpe, Ill., from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In March 1996, Pioneer Railcorp purchased the KJRY. Pioneer Railcorp is a shortline railroad holding company operating 16 railroads in 10 states, totaling more than 535 miles. The headquarters for Pioneer Railcorp are located in Peoria, Ill. The KJRY has a main office in Keokuk.

In December 2001, the KJRY purchased 12 miles from La Harpe, Ill., to Lomax, Ill. KJRY added 76 miles in February 2005 acquiring the line from La Harpe to Peoria, Ill. With these purchases, the railroad currently operates a total of 127 miles, with one mile located in Iowa. The KJRY serves as a switching carrier in Keokuk. KJRY interchanges with a number of railroads in Peoria, as well as the BNSF Railway in Keokuk and the Union Pacific Railroad in Fort Madison.

The KJRY employs a total of 21 people of which 18 are located in Iowa. The main products handled by the KJRY include grain, transportation equipment, food products, and waste products.