Iowa Northern Railway IANR #341

Nature of Firm

IANR owns and operates freight service from Cedar Rapids to Waterloo to Manly, IA (127 miles). Connections are made with UP at Manly, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, IA. Traffic consists of grain and fertilizers. IANR operates freight service over a 23 mile line of railroad owned by D&W Railroad between Dewar and Oelwein, IA and over incidental trackage rights between Waterloo and Dewar. Traffic consists of freight car and grain products.

In April of 2019, Union Pacific entered into a lease agreement with IANR to operate the Waterloo Industrial Lead, which consists of seven miles of track between Waterloo, IA and Dewar, IA. For these stations, the IANR operates as a handling carrier on behalf of Union Pacific.


The major portion of the Manly to Cedar Rapids line was built by the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railroad in the 1870’s. That line became part of the Rock Island. Short line service between Cedar Rapids and Vinton and from Shell Rock to Nora Springs started August 7, 1981. By mid-1982, the operations had been connected and expanded to the present size. In July 1984, the company purchased its line from the Rock Island estate for $5.4 million. In July 1994, IANR abandoned a 14 mile branch from Vinton to Dysart, IA. In October 2003, IANR began freight operations over the former UP line, acquired in the CNW merger. The line was constructed in the 1880’s and became part of the Chicago Great Western Railroad, which merged with CNW in 1968.

Company Information

Web Site
Company Affiliation Private
Interchange Points Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Manly, IA
Agreement Type
  • Handling Carrier for Waterloo, Armour and Dewar stations
  • Origin Switch Carrier for UP at Manly, IA
  • ISS Carrier for all other locations.
Information Exchange Method RMI