Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd.

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intermodal operations at Council Bluffs, Iowa

eastbound IAIS train passing restored Newton, Iowa, depot

Amtrak inspection train on IAIS at Rock Island, Illinois - April 1998

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The Iowa Interstate Railroad ("IAIS") was founded in 1984 to operate on the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific mainline between Chicago and Omaha in the USA. This trackage was purchased by Heartland Rail Corporation from the Rock Island's trustee in order to preserve the lines as a through route. IAIS is one of the "oldest" regional railroads in existence with connections to all major Class 1 carriers at various points on its line. 

Year 2009 marked the short line's 25th year of operations, and despite its meager beginning and struggle to survive, IAIS proudly reflects on its successful evolution through an abbreviated history: "IAIS-Growing and glowing at age 25"
(PDF 1.2M).

From 1991 through 2003, IAIS was owned by Heartland Rail Corporation and RDC. Now IAIS is an affiliate of RDC.

Operating Statistics

Statistics as of December 31, 2013

Major Traffic Flows
in Km.
in Miles
Annual Tonnage Locomotives Wagons Grain
592 14 Million 40 649

System Map

  printer-friendly map
(607k PDF)

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(Map design provided by Bill Metzger)

News and Press Clips
click to view larger imageSafety is an important component of RDC's culture. Iowa Interstate twice received the Gold Harriman for its excellent safety record. In 2007, IAIS completed almost 400,000 hours of safe activity; and in 2003, completed a full year with no reportable injuries.

In addition, in May 2002, Iowa Interstate was nationally recognized for its safety record during 2001 and awarded the "E. H. Harriman Certificate of Commendation" for two or more years of continuous improvement in employee safety. 

In May 2010, the ASLRAA presented IAIS with the "2009 Jake Award" for attaining an injury rate equal to or better than the industry average of 3.0.

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Photo Gallery
More photos of Iowa Interstate's operations can be found in our Photo Gallery.

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Link to IAIS
For more details, please visit the official IAIS website at (this link will open a New Window in your browser).

To purchase IAIS-related merchandise, please visit the IAIS Company Store.

Recommended Links

YouTube Video
An inspiring film from 1950 documenting Rock Island's important role in the Greatest Transportation System in the world.
DVDs by Revelation Video
  • "Rock Island Rooster" 
    (75 minutes -- Chinese QJ 2-10-2s come to America and highlights of their first public excursion, Sept. 2006)
  • "Hawkeye QJ"
    (55 minutes -- footage of the QJs steam-hauled freight run on IAIS, June 2007)

Unofficial IAIS photo archive and railfan guide
Tom Fawell (EMD loco artist)

RailARC - the ultimate IAIS photo archive
Rock Island Technical Society
Historical Overview of the Rock Island
IAIS photos on

Contact Information

Iowa Interstate Railroad
Administrative Office
5900 6th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404


+1 (319) 298 5400
+1 (319) 298 5457
Jerry Lipka, President & CEO 

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