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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/


CP - Kilbuck Creek Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Built 1927
Deck plate girder bridge over Kilbuck Creek on Canadian Pacific Railway
Open to traffic

CP - Plum River Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Plum River on Canadian Pacific Railway
Open to traffic

CP - Plum River Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
PoNY Deck plate girder bridge over Plum River on Canadian Pacific Railway
Open

DM&E - Oakland Avenue Overpass (Mower County, Minnesota)
Built 1934
Steel stringer bridge over Oakland Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Richland Creek Viaduct (Keokuk County, Iowa)
Built 1944
Deck plate girder bridge over Richland Creek on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DM&E - Shawon Dasse Slough Tributary Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Shawon Dasse Slough/Mississippi River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - 115th Street Overpass (Clayton County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over 115th Street on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - 2nd Avenue Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1936
Steel stringer bridge over 2nd Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - 3rd Street Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1955
Steel stringer bridge over 3rd Street on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Basswood Creek Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Basswood Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Beaver Creek Bridge (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Bridge over Beaver Creek on Railroad
Open

DME - Black Bridge Spring Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Small Stream on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Black Hawk Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Bridge over Blackhawk Creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DME - Bloody Run Creek #2 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1917; Span replaced 1928
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - 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

DME - Bloody Run Creek #5 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built Ca. 1985 using a relocated 1945 girder
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Easterm Railway
Open

DME - 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

DME - Bloody Run Creek #7 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Warren Pony truss bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - Bloody Run Creek Bridge #9 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over bloody run creek on Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Bloody Run Creek Bridge (Westernmost) (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1906
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloody Run Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Bridge #K-282 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Stream on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Bridge #K-284 (Clayton County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Bridge #K-56 (Jackson County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Unnamed Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Buck Creek Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1902
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Buck Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Cameron Road Overpass (Clay County, Missouri)
Built 1930
Deck plate girder bridge over Cameron Road on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Castalia Overpass (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Built 1932
Through Plate Girder bridge over U.S. 52 on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - Cedar River Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Built 1899
Pratt Pony Truss bridge over Big Cedar River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - 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

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

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

DME - 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

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

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

DME - 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

DME - Des Moines River Bridge (West Channel) (Wapello County, Iowa)
Built 1911;
Warren Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Dogwood Avenue Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1909
Concrete stringer bridge over Dagwood Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Donaldson Creek Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Replaced 2011
Steel stringer bridge over Donaldson Creek on Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

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

DME - Drainage Ditch Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Bridge over Draingage Ditch on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - Duck Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Built 1913, Northern Spans Replaced Ca. 1990
Deck Girder bridge over Duck Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

DME - E. Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Kossuth County, Iowa)
Built 1898
Pratt pony truss bridge over Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - 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

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

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

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

DME - 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

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

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

DME - 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

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

DME - I-90 Bridge (Mower County, Minnesota)
Built 1957
Steel stringer bridge over Interstate Highway 90 on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - IA1/IA92 Overpass (Washington County, Iowa)
Built 1955
Steel stringer bridge over Highway 1 on MILW Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - 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

DME - Kearney Road Overpass (Clay County, Missouri)
Built 1935
Steel stringer bridge over Kearney Rd on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Kirkwood Boulevard Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Built 1902
I-Beam and Trestle Bridge over Kirkwood Boulevard on DME Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Little Lime Creek Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Lime Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Little Maquoketa River Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on DME Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

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

DME - Little Turkey River Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Deck Plate Girder viaduct over Little Turkey River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

DME - Long Creek Tributary Tall Arch Culvert (Washington County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Long Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern
Open to traffic

DME - Mad Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Built 1901; Raised during a USACE project taking place 1976-77
Deck plate girder bridge over Mad Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Maquoketa River Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Built 1903
Through Plate Girder Bridge over Maquoketa River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

DME - Mason Creek Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mason Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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

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

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

DME - Miners Creek Bridge (Clayton County, Iowa)
Built 1906
Warren Pony truss bridge over Miners Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Open to traffic

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