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I&M Rail Link

Reporting mark: IMRL
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The I&M Rail Link, owned by the Washington Corporation, operated 1,385 miles of trackage in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The lines were acquired in from the Canadian Pacific Railway, which were originally built by the Milwaukee Road and its predecessors. The railroad commenced operations at 12:01 p.m. April 5, 1997.

Canadian Pacific Railway retained a 33% ownership in the new company leaving the Washington Corp. with the remaining 67%. The new railroad was headquartered in Davenport, IA, with Nahant Yard becoming the base for most operations and locomotive maintenance. Heavy locomotive repairs were handled by National Railway Equipment in Silvis, IL. Train dispatching was first handled by the Canadian Pacific, but those duties were later performed by the Montana Rail Link in Missoula, MT, which is another Washington Corp. subsidiary. IMRL's principal commodities included steel, coal, agricultural and chemical products. The railroad operated with 2,284 freight cars and 118 locomotives. Train operations continued much as they did during Soo Line and CP Rail ownership.

In late 2001 the Washington Corp. looked to divest itself of the railroad claiming it unprofitable. On July 29, 2002 the assets of the I&M Rail Link, LLC were officially transferred to the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern, which is owned by the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern subsidiary, Cedar American Railroad Holdings. Operations were curtailed at 12:01 p.m. on that date.

Source: I&M Rail Link Unofficial Wep Page http://www.illinirail.com/imrl/


Abandoned DM&E - Short Creek Bridge (Louisa County, Iowa)
Built Ca. 1894
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Short Creek on Abandoned Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Abandoned

CP - Oakland Avenue Overpass (Mower County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Oakland Ave. on I & M Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - 115th Street Overpass (Clayton County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over 115th Street on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - 12th Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over 12th Street on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - 2nd Avenue Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1936
Steel stringer bridge over 2nd Avenue on Railroad (DM&E)
Open to traffic

DM&E - 3rd Street Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1955
Steel stringer bridge over 3rd Street on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Arrison Street Overpass (Wapello County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Arrison Street on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Basswood Creek Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Basswood Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Beaver Creek Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Built 1905
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Beaver Creek Bridge (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Bridge over Beaver Creek on Railroad
Open

DM&E - Black Bridge Spring Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Small Stream on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Blackhawk Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Bridge over Blackhawk Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #10 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #11 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #12 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #13 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #14 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #15 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #16 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #17 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #18 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #19 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Stringer bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #2 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Barton's Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #20 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #3 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Warren Pony truss bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #4 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1903
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #5 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Larger Girder built 1945, Smaller built 1917
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #6 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1917
Pratt through truss bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #7 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #8 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek #9 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over bloody run creek on railrad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bloody Run Creek Bridge #1 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Replaced 2012
Steel stringer bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

DM&E - Bridge #I-1110 (Keokuk County, Iowa)
Built 1909
Concrete Slab Bridge over Farm Road on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Buck Creek Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Buck Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Bud Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bud Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Castalia Overpass (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Built 1932
Steel stringer bridge over U.S. 52 on DM&E
Open to traffic

DM&E - Cedar Creek Bridge (Wapello County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Cedar Creek Bridge on DM&E/CP RR
Open to traffic

DM&E - Cedar River Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Built 1906
Pratt pony truss bridge over Cedar River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Cedar River Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Truss bridge over Big Cedar River on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Chariton River Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Chariton River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Clear Creek bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)
Built 1939
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Clear Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Columbus Junction Railroad Bridge (Louisa County, Iowa)
Built 1910, Spans Replaced Due to Flooding at Unknown Times
Deck plate girder bridge over Iowa River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Crane Creek Bridge (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Crane Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Crooked Creek Bridge (Houston County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Crooked Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Crow Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Built in the 1950s
Deck plate girder bridge over Crow Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Davis Road Overpass (Wayne County, Iowa)
Bridge over Davis Road (J54) on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Deer Creek Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Built 1899
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Des Moines River Bridge (East Channel) (Wapello County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Des Moines River Bridge (West Channel) (Wapello County, Iowa)
Built 1911;
Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on DM&E/CP RR
Open to traffic

DM&E - Dobbins Creek Bridge (Mower County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Dobbins Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Dogwood Avenue Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1909
Concrete stringer bridge over Dagwood Avenue on Railroad (DM&E)
Open to traffic

DM&E - Donaldson Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Donaldson Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Drainage Ditch Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Stringer bridge over Drainage Ditch on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Driftwood Avenue Overpass (Jefferson County, Iowa)
Built 1909
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Driftwood Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern
Open to traffic

DM&E - Drive Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Drive off G38 on MILW Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Duck Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Duck Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Duck Creek Bridge (N) (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Duck Creek on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Duck Creek Bridge (S) (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Duck Creek on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

DM&E - E. Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Kossuth County, Iowa)
Built Ca. 1899
Pratt pony truss bridge over Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - East Fork Wapsipinicon River Bridge (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over East Fork Wapsipinicon River on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Edick Lake Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mississippi River on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Foster Viaduct #1 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Built 1937-38
Deck plate girder bridge over Kinser Creek and 672 Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Foster Viaduct #2 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Built 1937-38
Deck plate girder bridge over Soap Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Foster Viaduct #3 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Built 1937-38
Deck plate girder bridge over Boyd Branch on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Furmans Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Furmans Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - G38 Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1903
Deck truss bridge over 250th Street and West Fork Crooked Creek on Canadian Pacific Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Garfield Park Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Built 1899
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Duck Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Goose Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Built 1919
Timber Stringer bridge over Goose Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Grand River Bridge (Livingston County, Missouri)
Built 1927, North Approach May Be Older
Through truss bridge over Grand River on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern
Open to traffic

DM&E - Harrows Branch Bridge (Wapello County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Harrows Branch & Harrows Street on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - IA1/IA92 Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Highway 1 on MILW Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Indian Creek Bridge (Louisa County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Indian Creek on Railroad (DM&E)
Open to traffic

DM&E - Iowa River Bridge (Tyson Spur) (Louisa County, Iowa)
Built 1894, Approach Collapsed 2008, removed completely 2014
Lost Parker through truss over Iowa River on former Iowa Beef Packers (Tyson Foods) spur line
Bridge removed

DM&E - Kilbuck Creek Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Built 1927
Deck plate girder bridge over Kilbuck Creek on Dakota Minn & Eastern RR (former Soo Line Railroad)
Open to traffic

DM&E - Kirkwood Boulevard Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Built 1902
I-Beam and Trestle Bridge over Kirkwood Boulevard on railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Little Cedar River Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Little Cedar River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open

DM&E - Little Maquoketa River Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Little Sioux River Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Built 1901;
Pony truss bridge over Little Sioux River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Little Walnut Creek Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Walnut Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Mad Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Built 1901; Raised at a later date
Deck plate girder bridge over Mad Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Maquoketa River Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over Maquoketa River on DM&E Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - McCarty Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over McCarty Creek on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Mill Creek Bridge (Clinton County, Iowa)
through plate girder bridge over Mill Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Mill Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mill Creek/2nd Street on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Miners Creek Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Miners Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - MO13 Overpass (Caldwell County, Missouri)
Built 1930
Deck plate girder bridge over MO 13 on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Moore Creek Bridges (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Moore Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Muscatine Slough bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Muscatine Slough on Railroad (DM&E)
Open to traffic

DM&E - N. Fork Kent Creek Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Built 1900
Warren pony truss bridge over N. Fork Kent Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Natural Stream Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Natural Stream on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Natural Stream Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Natural Stream on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Norris Park Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Winnebago River on DM&E RR
Open to traffic

DM&E - North Fork Long Creek Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Fork Long Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Olathea Creek Culvert (Scott County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Olathea Creek on Dakota, Minnesota, & Rastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Outlet Bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)
Stringer bridge over Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Paint Creek Bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)
Built 1901
Pratt Through Truss bridge over Paint Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open to traffic

DM&E - Panther Creek Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Panther Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Pine Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Deck girder bridge over Pine Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Plum Creek Bridge (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Plum Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Plum River Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Bridge over Plum River on DM&E (former CPRR/Milwaukee Road)
Open