Notes of interest
The IAIS and the railroad infrastructure were purchased from Heartland by Railroad Development Corporation in 2003.
IAIS subsidiary Rail Traffic Control provides consulting services for dispatching and operating small- to medium-sized railroads worldwide.
In 2004, IAIS was awarded the E. H. Harriman Award for its safe operational record.
IAIS uses 42 locomotives and two slugs to power its trains:
6 - EMD SD38-2 (Numbered 150-153; 156-157)
17 - GE ES44AC (Numbered 500-516); unit 513 is painted in a Rock Island commemorative scheme; unit 516 is painted in a Rock Island inspired 30th anniversary paint scheme.
1 - EMD GP38 (Numbered 601)*
18 - EMD GP38-2 (Numbered 700-703; 705; 707-708; 710-716; 718-721*)
2 - Slugs (Numbered 650 and 651)*
2 - Chinese QJ 2-10-2 steam locomotives (numbered 6988 and 7081)
*601 and 650 are permanently mated, as are 721 and 651.
Presidents of the Iowa Interstate Railroad:
Jon R. Roy ( –2002)
Dennis H. Miller (2004–present)
Jerry Lipka, President and CEO
Joe Parsons, Vice President-Chief Operating Officer
Scott Woodward, VP Mechanical/Engineering
Andrew Reid, Chief Mechanical Officer
Greg Wilson Jr, Superintendent of Cars
Official Iowa Interstate Website: http://www.iaisrr.com/
Iowa Interstate's ES44AC no. 513 painted in "Rock Island" Heritage colors arrives in the east end of Bureau Junction, Illinois as a scheduled "West Train".
By JNimee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Iowa Interstate Railroad
The Iowa Interstate Railroad (reporting mark IAIS) is a Class II railroad operating in the central U.S. states of Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. The railroad is owned by Railroad Development Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its headquarters are maintained in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The railroad was formed on November 2, 1984, using former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad tracks between Chicago, Illinois, and Omaha, Nebraska. It was in partnership with real estate firm Heartland Rail Corporation that the IAIS was able to operate. Heartland purchased the right-of-way and infrastructure for $31 million (of which, $15 million was a loan from the Iowa Railway Finance Authority), and then leased it to IAIS for operations.
The railroad's mainline is roughly a straight line between these two terminal cities with a branch line connecting Bureau to Peoria, Illinois. In recognition of the railroad's Rock Island Railroad heritage, the IAIS logo uses a shape similar to the original railroad's logo.
Operations on the railroad are controlled by track warrants rather than signals. When the IAIS took control of the track, the signal system was already damaged beyond repair, so the trains were operated by warrant control. A centralized traffic control system has yet to be installed on the railroad's mainline.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, the IAIS mainline has been identified as a potential route for high speed passenger train service between Wyanet, Illinois (where the IAIS could be connected to the BNSF Railway), the Quad Cities and Iowa City, Iowa, as part of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MRRI). The ultimate goal of the MRRI is to establish passenger train routes in a hub-and-spoke formation with Chicago as the hub that allow for speeds up to and above 110 mph. Estimate of capital costs to upgrade the IAIS mainline to allow passenger train speeds of 79 mph between Wyanet and Iowa City is $54.9 million, according to an April 2008 study by Amtrak.
An Iowa Interstate Slideshow. Photo Credits Listed Below.
Slideshow Photo Credits: *(1) - By Russell Sekeet (originally posted to Flickr as Iowa Interstate 505) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. *(2) - By Jerry Huddleston (Flickr: West meets East) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. *(3) - By Joseph Nimee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. *(4) - By Sean Lamb (User:Slambo) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons. *(5) - By Douglas W. Jones (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. *(6) - By Feddacheenee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Common.s
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