Trains and Operating Pattern

The Iowa Interstate is an exciting railroad to follow. While there is only 1 road freight from end-to-end each way everyday, there are a number of local switch engines and "Turn" jobs that fill in the gaps. Below is a rundown of each train or switcher that can be found on the system.

Regular IAIS Trains

Note: The information below was updated on January 31, 2017. This information can change without notice as day-to-day Operational needs require.

Code Station Name Code Station Name Code Description

AN

Annawan

IC

Iowa City

G

Grain Train

AT

Atlantic

NT

Newton

SW

Switch Engine

BI

Blue Island

PE

Peoria

U

Unit Train

BU

Bureau

RI

Rock Island

X

eXtra Train

CR

Cedar Rapids

SI

Silvis

-xx

Date the train originated

CB

Council Bluffs

SA

South Amana

2

Second Section

DM

Des Moines

Symbol Description

BICB-01

Blue Island to Council Bluffs, departing BI on the 1st

XRISW-15

Extra Rock Island Switcher, operating on the 15th

Symbol Starts Days Description

CBBI-xx

Various

7 Days

Council Bluffs to Blue Island road train - "The East Train" or "The Eastbound"

 *On-duty between 0600-0800 at Council Bluffs and runs train to Newton
 *1800 NTSW relieves CBBI and takes it from Newton to South Amana
 *South Amana crew on-duty between 0500-0600 to take CBBI to Silvis
 *Silvis crew on-duty between 1600-1700 to take CBBI to Blue Island
 *Arrive Blue Island by 0300

BICB-xx

Various

7 Days

Blue Island to Council Bluffs road train - "The West Train" or "The Westbound"

 *On-duty 1845 at Blue Island
 *0500 SISW will relieve BICB and work Silvis
 *Inbound CBBI crew will return to South Amana after their arrival (mid-morning)
 *Inbound NTSW crew (from CBBI) will return to Newton after midnight
 *Newton crew on-duty 0400-0500 to take BICB to Council Bluffs
 *Arrive Council Bluffs by 1715

SIBI-xx

2300 - 0100

As Needed

Silvis to Blue Island - "Second Eastbound" - Normally consists of a loaded ethanol unit train to be delivered to the IHB, CSXT or NS at Chicago. This train will usually be daylight east of Rockdale.

BISI-xx

2300 - 0100

As Needed

Blue Island to Silvis - "Second Westbound" - Typically consists of an empty ethanol unit train for Annawan, Cedar Rapids, Menlo or Council Bluffs. Often runs with NS power to Silvis.

SIBU-xx

1700

Monday - Friday

Silvis to Bureau - Forwards Peoria traffic to Bureau for night BUSW job. Also switches on-line industries between Silvis and Bureau.

BUSI-xx

-

Monday - Friday

Bureau to Silvis - SIBU crew returns to Silvis. Forwards traffic from BUSW to Silvis. Also switches on-line industries between Silvis and Bureau.

SIPE-xx

Various

As Needed

Silvis to Peoria - Consists of overflow traffic not handled by SIBU/BUSW to Peoria.

PESI-xx

Various

As Needed

Peoria to Silvis - Consists of overflow traffic not handled by BUSW/BUSI to Silvis.

NSPEDM-xx

Various

As Needed

Norfolk Southern, Peoria to Des Moines - Empty grain train to be loaded in Des Moines. NS locomotives run-through and stay at Des Moines until train is loaded.

NSDMPE-xx

Various

As Needed

Norfolk Southern, Des Moines to Peoria - Loaded grain train to be delivered to NS in Peoria. Same NS locomotives on empties return with loads.

SASI-xx

1500

7 Days

South Amana to Silvis Turn (eastbound) - This job takes all of the "east" cars that CRSA brought from Cedar Rapids and takes them to Silvis yard for blocking and unit train building.

SISA-xx

2100-2200

7 Days

Silvis to South Amana Turn (westbound) - Departs Silvis after the inbound SASI has completed work at Silvis, uses SASI power. Will pickup at Rock Island if necessary. SISA typically handles the PECR loaded coal train from Silvis to Cedar Rapids when it runs.

SACR-xx

0300-0500

7 Days

South Amana to Cedar Rapids Turn (northbound) - This job is called to relieve the SISA crew. The inbound SISA is normally taken straight to Cedar Rapids via the Yocum Connection, but will pickup from South Amana yard if necessary. Makes delivery to Crandic's (CIC) "900 Yard" at the southwestern edge of Cedar Rapids.

CRSA-xx

-

-

Cedar Rapids to Iowa City Turn (southbound) - Departs Cedar Rapids after the inbound SACR has completed work at Cedar Rapids. This crew will often make a second turn SACR Turn to Cedar Rapids as needed.

PECR-xx

Various

Once a Week

Peoria to Cedar Rapids - Coal loads from NS at Peoria delivered to the CIC at Cedar Rapids. NS power runs through to Silvis and is combined with IAIS power (SISA) from Silvis to South Amana.

CRPE-xx

Various

Once a Week

Cedar Rapids to Peoria - Coal empties from the CIC Cedar Rapids to the NS at Peoria. The same NS power that brought the loaded train to Cedar Rapids will be returned with the empties to Peoria. An extra crew normally handles the empty coal train as a seperate train, but it has been combined with CBBI at South Amana for the run to Silvis on occasion.

CBSW-xx

0430

Council Bluffs Switcher - Switches inbound west train, interchange with UP, work the intermodal ramp, build east train and possibly run a shuttle train to the elevator at Hancock.

CBSW-xx

1630

Council Bluffs Switcher - Works the yards, interchange with UP, protects and switches the westbound, shuttle trains to Hancock or what 0430 job can't get done.

ATSW-xx

1700

Monday - Friday

Atlantic Switcher - "The Rover" - Works west to Council Bluffs and east to Newton, works both the Grimes and Prairie City branches if need be, and does interchange with the NS/BNSF and UP. Generally stays west of Des Moines.

DMSW-xx

0700

Sunday - Thursday

Des Moines Switcher - Works the Des Moines interchanges and the Grimes Branch.

NTSW-xx

0900

Monday - Friday

Newton Switcher - Works the industries between Newton and Altoona as needed.

NTSW-xx

1800

7 Days

Newton Switcher - Flip crew is used to run CBBI from Newton to South Amana and return to Newton with BICB.

SASW-xx

2300

As Needed

South Amana Switcher - Builds outbound BICB, works SA yard and builds outbound CBBI.

ICSW-xx

0700

Tuesday - Saturday

Iowa City Switcher - Works former CIC Hills Branch and this job will make a flip to South Amana.

ICSW-xx

1600

Monday - Friday

Iowa City Switcher - Works industries at Iowa City, Wilton and Durant.

RISW-xx

1700

Sunday - Thursday

Rock Island Switcher. Works Milan Branch. Will pull/spot interchange with CP and Phoenix Closures in Davenport. Switches interchange cars from CP and BNSF at Rock Island yard.

SISW-xx

0500

7 Days

Silvis Switcher - Switches the inbound BICB at the west end of Silvis and makes a transfer run to Rock Island Yard.

SISW-xx

0800

7 Days

Silvis Switcher - Switches the inbound SASI at the east end of Silvis and switches the inbound CBBI upon arrival at Silvis.

SISW-xx

1900

Sunday - Thursday

Silvis Switcher - This crew works Silvis Yard as necessary.

BUSW-xx

0900

Monday - Friday

Bureau Switcher - "The Rocket" - Crew works as-needed east to LaSalle/Utica, south to Henry/Chillicothe/Peoria, or west to Annawan/Silvis.

BUSW-xx

2100

Monday - Friday

Bureau Switcher - "The Night Rocket" - Crew forwards traffic from the inbound SIBU to Peoria and returns with traffic for the next day's BUSI.

BIIND-xx

0730

7 Days

Blue Island Industrial (Switcher) - Pulls IHB if needed, builds BICB, works Ozinga in Mokena if needed.

BIIHB-xx

1000

7 Days

Blue Island to the IHB (Switcher) - Delivers IHB manifest from CBBI or SIBI and pulls manifest from IHB.

BISW-xx

1630-1930

As Needed

Blue Island Switcher - Relieves BIIHB if necessary and does industry work (Evans Yard and/or Ozinga) and builds BISI if needed.

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