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Freight Railroads - Midwest Region

This page provides a directory of freight railroads in the Midwest Region including regional railroads, shortline railroads, intermodal operations, and switching / terminal railroads.

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AAR Railroad Reporting Marks - Guide to 5,000 railroad reporting marks and associated Midwest railroads

Alton & Southern Railway - Switching railroad in St. Louis, Missouri

Ann Arbor Railroad - Freight railroad operates between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad - Class III railroad operates between Monett, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas

Ashland Railway - 56-mile shortline railroad based in Mansfield, Ohio

Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad - Freight railroad operates 6.3 miles in Ashtabula County, Ohio

Belt Railway Company of Chicago, The - Terminal railroad operates more than 300 miles around Chicago, Illinois

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Information - History, roster, maps photos, and more about the B&LE in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, now part of Canadian National

Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad - Shortline railroad operates between Blackwell, Oklahoma and the BNSF Railway at Wellington, Kansas

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Bloomer Shipper's Connecting Railroad (Bloomer Line) - Shortline railroad operating in Ford, Mclean, and Livingston counties of Illinois, serving eight Alliance Grain elevators by transporting corn, soybeans, and wheat to Gibson City

Burlington Junction Railway - Operates seven industrial railroads in the Iowa cities of Burlington, West Burlington, Mt. Pleasant, and Ottumwa and the Illinois cities of Quincy, Rochelle, and Montgomery

Carload Express - Operates three shortline railroads serving western Pennsylvania and Ohio

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway - Provides freight service to ten eastern Iowa communities over 100 miles of track

Central Railroad of Indiana - Freight service between Cincinnati, Ohio to Shelbyville, Indiana

Central Railroad of Indianapolis - 33-mile shortline railroad in north central Indiana

Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad - Shortline railroad operates 33 miles from LaCrosse, Indiana

Chicago Port Railroad - Provides transloading services and a connection with Chicago Rail Link

Chicago Rail Link - Provides switching and terminal service over 72 miles of track and trackage rights in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad - 87-mile short line freight carrier connecting Northwest Indiana's industrial complex with 19 railroads, including those within the Chicago Switching District

Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad - Operates 315 miles between Tolleston, Indiana and Crestline, Ohio

Cimarron Valley Railroad - Operates 245 miles of track between Dodge City, Kansas and Boise City, Oklahoma and between Satanta and Springfield, Colorado

Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal - Intermodal services on the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbia Terminal (COLT) Railroad - Short line railroad owned by the City of Columbia, Missouri

Columbus & Ohio River Railroad - Regional railroad based in Coshocton, Ohio, formerly part of the Ohio Central System

Conrail - Corporate homepage of Consolidated Rail Corporation, providing terminal and switching service for parents CSX and Norfolk Southern in Detroit, New Jersey, and Philadelphia

Dakota Southern Railway - Shortline railroad operates 190 miles between Kadoka and Mitchell, South Dakota

Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad - Operates 555 miles of track in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, with headquarters in Bismarck

Decatur Junction Railway Co. - Freight railroad operates 30 miles in Decatur, Illinois, connecting with the Canadian National Railway

Delray Connecting Railroad - 15-mile shortline in Detroit, Michigan

Effingham Railroad - Freight railroad operates in the Effingham Business Park; Effingham, Illinois

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Archive - Extensive photo galleries, history, rosters, newsletters, maps, models, and more about the EJ&E, now part of Canadian National

Elkhart & Western Railroad Co. - 10-mile interline carrier from Elkhart to Mishawaka, Indiana

Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad - 208 mile shortline from Ontonagon, Michigan to Green Bay, Wisconsin

Evansville Western Railway - Provides freight rail service over 124 miles between Evansville, Indiana and Okawville, Illinois, including a branch line at Mt. Vernon, Indiana

Garden City Western Railway - 40-mile rail line based in Garden City, Kansas serving a regional agricultural market critical to both wheat and cattle

Gary Railway Company - Class III switching carrier operates 63 miles of yard track at Gary, Indiana

Grand Rapids Eastern - Freight railroad operates 44 miles from Ionia to Marne, Michigan, hauling chemicals, paper, farm products, and auto parts

Great Lakes Central Railroad - Formerly the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway, operating more than 400 miles in Michigan

Hoosier Southern Railroad - Freight railroad operates through Perry and Spencer counties, Indiana, with connections to Norfolk Southern and Tell City River Port

Huron & Eastern Railway - Freight railroad operates 171 miles in Michigan, hauling agricultural commodities, automotive parts, chemicals, sugar, fertilizer, and stone products

I&M Rail Link - System timetables and rosters of the IMRL which operated 1,385 miles of trackage in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

Illinois & Midland Railroad - Freight railroad serves greater Peoria, Springfield, Havana, and other communities in central Illinois

Illinois Central Railroad On-Line - Unofficial site provides a guide to the operations and rosters of the Illinois Central and subsidiaries Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad and Cedar River Railroad

Illinois Railway - Operates 113 miles of track just west of the Chicago suburbs, serving mineral producers such as U.S. Silica, Wedron Silica, and Unimin Corp

Illinois Western Railroad - Class III linehaul railroad operating within the Howard M. Wolf Business Park in Greenville, Illinois

Indian Creek Railroad - Shortline freight railroad in Anderson, Indiana

Indiana & Ohio Railway - Freight railroad operates 684 miles in western Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and southeast Michigan

Indiana Eastern Railroad - Shortline railroad operates 43 miles between Richmond, Indiana and Fernald, Ohio

Indiana Harbor Belt Archive - History, rosters, maps, timetables, and photos from the largest terminal railroad in the United States

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad - Freight railroad operates more than 300 miles around Chicago, Illinois

Indiana Northeastern Railroad - Freight railroad operates nearly 130 miles across northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio, and southern Lower Michigan

Indiana Rail Road - 155-mile shortline railroad serving customers in central and southwest Indiana and east-central Illinois

Indiana Southern Railroad - Freight railroad operates 176 miles from Indianapolis to Evansville, Indiana, hauling coal, metal products, petroleum products, grain and grain products, food products, fertilizers, forest products, and alcohol

Indiana Southwestern Railway - Switch carrier operating 23 miles from Evansville, Indiana and connecting with CSX and Norfolk Southern

Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Rail - Plans freight and passenger rail development in Iowa

Iowa Interstate Photo Archive and Railfan's Guide - Photos, rosters, railfan guide, history, modeling, and more about the regional Iowa Interstate Railroad

Iowa Interstate Railroad - Freight railroad operates over 500 miles between Omaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois on the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific mainline

Iowa Northern Railway - Freight railroad operates 162 miles between Manly and Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Iowa Traction Railroad - Electric freight railroad operates 13 miles between Clear Lake and Mason City, Iowa

Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad - Unofficial site with IC&E rosters, frequencies, timetable, map, and more

Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad - Operates freight service over 155 miles in Illinois and Indiana

Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad - Freight railroad operates 840 miles and carries 50,000 annual carloads

KAW River Railroad - Freight railroad operates 30 miles on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of Kansas City and in Clay County, Missouri

Kendallville Terminal Railway Co. - Serves the city's industrial park in Kendallville, Indiana and interchanges with Norfolk Southern

Keokuk Junction Railway Co. - Freight railroad operates 147 miles in Iowa and Illinois

Kyle Railroad Company - Operates 692 miles in the northern tier of Kansas, eastern Nebraska, and eastern Colorado, serving the agriculture rich winter wheat and feed grain region of the high plains

Lake State Railway - Shortline railroad operates 225 miles of track in northern Michigan between Bay City and Alpena, and between Bay City and Gaylord

Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad - Photos, history, news, and modeling information about the LS&I in Michigan

Lake Terminal Railroad - Terminal switching carrier in Lorain, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie

Louisville & Indiana Railroad - Operates 106 miles between Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky

Madison Railroad - 25-mile mainline extending from Madison to North Vernon, Indiana

Mahoning Valley Railway - Switching service in Youngstown, Struthers, and Campbell, Ohio

Manufacturers' Junction Railway - 6-mile switching line in Cicero, Illinois

Marquette Rail - Shortline railroad operates 130 miles from Grand Rapids north to Ludington and Manistee, Michigan, interchanging with CSX and Norfolk Southern

Michigan Shore Railroad - Hauls sand and chemicals over 7 miles in Muskegon, Michigan

Michigan Southern Railroad - Short line railroad operating 48 miles in Michigan and Indiana

Mid-Michigan Railroad - Operates 67 miles in Michigan from Lowell to Greenville and from Paines to Alma

Minnesota Commercial Railway - Regional and terminal switching railroad that operates 150 miles of trackage in metropolitan Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota Prairie Line (MPL) - Shortline railroad operates 94 miles between Norwood and Hanley Falls, Minnesota, interchanging with BNSF and MPL owner Twin Cities & Western Railroad

Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad - Freight railroad operates 540 miles between Newport, Arkansas and Pleasant Hill, Missouri, connecting with UP, BNSF, and KCS

Nebraska Central Railroad - Freight railroad operates a 340 mile network composed of five former UPRR branch lines and one former BNSF branch line

Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway - Operates 559 track miles in southwest Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado

Newburgh & South Shore Railroad - 13 mile short line serves Birmingham Steel and a diverse customer base; Cleveland, Ohio

Northern Lines Railway - Formed in 2004 to operate BNSF trackage in central Minnesota

Northern Ohio & Western Railway - Operates a former Pennsylvania Railroad mainline southeast of Toledo, extending 21 miles from Woodville to Tiffin, Ohio

Northern Plains Railroad - Operates 344 miles of freight trackage in North Dakota and Minnesota

Ohi-Rail Corporation - Shortline railroad operates between Minerva and Hopedale, Ohio

Ohio Southern Railroad - Operates 50 miles from Zanesville to New Lexington, Glass Rock, and Glouster, Ohio

Omaha, Lincoln & Beatrice (OL&B) Railway - Class III switching railroad that interchanges cars from UP and BNSF in Lincoln, Nebraska

Otter Tail Valley Railroad - Operates 71 miles between Fergus Falls and Dilworth Yard, Minnesota, connecting with BNSF near Fargo, North Dakota

Pioneer Industrial Railway Co. - Interline carrier serving Peoria, Illinois

Pioneer Railcorp - Shortline railroad holding company operates 17 railroads totaling over 600 miles of track in 12 states

Progressive Rail Incorporated - Operates shortline railroads in the Upper Midwest

Red River Valley & Western Railroad - 600-mile regional railroad in North Dakota, began operations in 1987 on track acquired from BN

Respondek Railroad - Provider of contract railcar switching and shortline railroad operations in the Midwest

Riverport Railroad - Shortline railroad provides transloading, switching, and railcar storage; Savanna, Illinois

Saginaw Bay Southern Railway - Shortline railroad operates 67 miles between Mt. Morris and Saginaw, Michigan, with branches to Bay City, Midland, and Paines

Semo Port Railroad - Provides local switch service at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, with an interchange to UP and BNSF; Scott City, Missouri

Shawnee Terminal Railway Co. - Freight railroad operates 2.5 miles in Cairo, Illinois and interchanges with Canadian National

Sisseton Milbank Railroad - Shortline railroad operates 37 miles between Milbank and Sisseton, South Dakota

Soo Line Online - Photos, maps, and rosters of the Soo Line and Upper Midwest railroads

South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad - Freight railroad operates 404 miles in Kansas and Oklahoma and carries about 42,000 loaded railcars per year of a wide variety of commodities

Tazewell & Peoria Railroad - Terminal switching railroad in Peoria, Illinois

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) - Interchanges rail traffic in St. Louis, Missouri

TNW Corporation - Operates four shortline railroads in Texas and Nebraska

Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad - Freight railroad operates 369 miles from Mapleton, Illinois through Peoria across Illinois to Logansport, Indiana

Tomahawk Railway - Shortline operates between Tomahawk and Bradley, Wisconsin

Transtar - Operates water and rail transport services in the US

Twin Cities & Western Railroad - History, photos, operations details, system map, rosters, and railfan guide to the TC&W

Twin Cities & Western Railroad - Freight railroad operates between Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and Milbank, South Dakota, over the former Soo Line's "Ortonville Line"

U.S. Railways, Inc. - Freight railway services including intra-plant switching in the midwestern US

US Rail Corporation - Operates three shortline railroads in Ohio, including Hamilton, Jackson, and Cuyahoga Falls

Vandalia Railroad Co. - Operates 3.5 miles in Vandalia, Illinois and interchanges with CSX

Vermilion Valley Railroad - Shortline railroad operates a transload facility with connections to CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad in Danville, Illinois

Warren & Trumbull Railroad - 7-mile industrial railroad in Warren, Ohio

West Michigan Railroad Co. - Freight railroad operates 15 miles from Hartford to Paw Paw, Michigan

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway - Regional freight railroad in Ohio and western Pennsylvania

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Unofficial Site - History, roster, and operations information of a regional railroad in Ohio and western Pennsylvania

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company - Freight railroad operates over 645 miles of track throughout south central Wisconsin and northern Illinois

Wisconsin Central/CN 6th Division - History and photos of the Wisconsin Central by Stephen Guthrie

Wisconsin Northern Railroad - Unofficial site with map, roster, and photos of a shortline operated by Progressive Rail

Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission - Public ownership and private operation preserves rail service in southwestern Wisconsin; commission owns over 300 miles of track operated by Wisconsin & Southern

Youngstown & Austintown Railroad - Industrial railroad based in Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown and Southeastern Railroad - Shortline railroad operates between Darlington, Pennsylvania and Youngstown, Ohio, interchanging with CSX and Norfolk Southern

Youngstown Belt Railroad - Shortline railroad based in Youngstown, Ohio

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