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Iowa's railroad profiles

Iowa is served by 19 freight railroad companies, which operate 3,925 miles of track within Iowa. Five of these railroads are major national companies operating throughout much of the United States and Canada. These railroads operate 82 percent of Iowa’s total route miles, including much of the Iowa grain-gathering network.

The remaining railroads serving Iowa consist of regional railroads operating in Iowa and nearby states or local railroads operating within Iowa. These regional and local railroads serve only 18 percent of Iowa’s route miles, but provide valuable service through shorter hauls, switching operations, and provide access to the larger freight network for their customers.

Railroad Abbreviation Class
Appanoose County Community Railroad
APNC
III
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
BSV
III
BNSF Railway Co.
BNSF
I
Burlington Junction Railway
BJRY
III
CBEC Railway Inc.
CBRX
III
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Co. (CRANDIC)
CIC
III
CN (owner of Cedar River Railroad Co.) CEDR
III**
CN (owner of Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad)
CC
II**
Canadian Pacific (owner of Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. (DM&E)
DME
III
D & I Railroad Co.
DAIR
III
D & W Railroad
DWRR
III
Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.
IAIS
II
Iowa Northern Railway Co.
IANR
III
Iowa River Railroad
IARR
III
Iowa Traction Railway
IATR
III
Keokuk Junction Railroad Co.
KJRY
III
Norfolk Southern Railway Co.
NS
I
Union Pacific Railroad Co.
UP
I

*Railroads are categorized by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) based on operating revenues over a three year period adjusted for inflation. Currently, a Class I railroad has operating revenues exceeding $250 million, a Class II railroad (often referred to as a regional railroad) has operating revenues greater than $20 million but less than $250 million, and a Class III railroad (often referred to as a shortline railroad) has operating revenues less than $20 million, and all switching and terminal companies regardless of operating revenues.

**Iowa has three railroads owned by Canadian companies - CN ownes Cedar River Railroad and Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad:, Canadian Pacific owns Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. (DM&E). The Canadian-owned railroads would be categorized as Class I railroads ifthey were domestically owned.