Dakota and Iowa Railroad DAIR #211

Nature of Firm

Dakota and Iowa Railroad (DAIR) is a wholly owned subsidiary of L.G. Everist, Inc., owner of one of the largest privately owned fleets of railroad equipment of any aggregate producer in North America. The Dakota & Iowa Railroad is a scenic 138 mile short line. DAIR operates from Dell Rapids, SD, home of L.G. Everist's largest facility, to Sioux City, IA which is an L.G. Everist transload facility for the distribution of aggregates. The D&I operates via trackage rights over the BNSF Railway between Sioux Falls, SD and Canton, SD and between Elk Point, SD and Sioux City, IA. The DAIR trains include unit aggregate trains, grain, ethanol and general freight.

In addition to the Dell Rapids to Sioux City Main Line, the D&I operates a branch line from Hawarden, IA to Beresford, SD. Additional trackage rights from Canton, SD to Wolsey, SD provide an ICE, formerly the DM&E, interchange for aggregate shipments.

The DAIR teams with L.G. Everist, Inc. to accommodate their hauling needs. With extensive unit train experience with the BNSF, CN and UP, the D&I Railroad can handle your transportation needs. In addition to rock, D&I Railroad hauls ethanol, dried distiller grains (DDGs), cement, fertilizer and many other products.


The DAIR Railroad operates their trains over former Milwaukee road trackage.

Company Information

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Company Affiliation

LG Everist, Inc.

Interchange Points

BNSF Railway (BNSF), CN Railway (CN) and Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in Sioux City, IA. DAIR also interchanges with the BNSF in Sioux Falls, SD

Agreement TypeHandling Carrier
Information Exchange MethodRMI