Ackley to Rockwell

Point of Interest

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

This line was first built by the Eldora Railroad and Coal Company in 1866 for the purpose of transporting regionally-mined coal to a connection with the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad at Ackley. Further expansion of the line to Marshalltown (and a connection with the Chicago & North Western Railroad) occurred between 1868 and 1870.

By 1912, the line had come under the ownership of the Iowa Central Railroad, who, in that year, merged with the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad. The C&NW purchased the M&StL in 1960, and since the C&NW already owned a line that operated parallel to this route, C&NW opted to move all mainline traffic to the other parallel route, leaving this route for local service only. C&NW subsequently started abandoning portions of the line at various times.

In 1988, C&NW filed to abandoned a portion of this line between Ackley and Geneva. However, the North Central Railroad negotiated with the C&NW to purchase the line, and did so the following year. With the operation of the Ackley-Geneva portion of the line occurring in 2009, the NCRA filed for abandonment in 2013.

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