Waterloo Railroad

Reporting mark: WLO
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Originally an interurban, the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Company came into being in 1896 by purchasing the Waterloo Street Railway. In April 1904, it changed its name to the Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railway Company. By 1913, it had completed its line between Waterloo Iowa and Cedar Rapids. In 1956, the Waterloo Railroad was created by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad and the Illinois Central Railroad to buy the WCF&N. In 1968, the CRI&P sold its share to the IC. After most of the trackage was abandoned, the remainder ended up in the Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad when it was created in 1985. Just before then the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad declared the 11 miles between Water Valley and Bruce Mississippi the Waterloo Railway. When CN sold that off in 2008, it declared between MP 72.48 (near Woolworth, MS) and MP 76.8 (near Carlos. MS) on the Central Sub to be the new Waterloo Railway. Cars bearing the reporting marks WLO can still be found riding the rails of North America.

Source: http://www.tdf23.info/html/Railroads/WaterlooRailroad.htm


Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Apple Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Bridge over Apple Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Blue Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Blue Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Replaced by a new bridge

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - East Branch Blue Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over East Branch Blue Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Replaced by a new bridge

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - East Otter Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Built 1914
Deck plate girder bridge over East Otter Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Evansdale Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1912; Converted for trail use in 1984; Replaced 2011
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on Path
Replaced by a new bridge

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Fishel Road Overpass (Linn County, Iowa)
Built 1914
Steel stringer bridge over Fishel Road on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Lime Creek Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Built 1914
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Lime Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - McFarlane Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1912: Replaced 2013
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Replaced by a new bridge

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Troll Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Drainage on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - West Otter Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Built 1914
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Otter Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Wolf Creek Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built ca 1914, Converted for trail use in 1984
Deck plate girder bridge over Wolf Creek on Trail
Replaced by a new bridge

IANR/WCFN Overpass (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over WCFN on IANR
Open to traffic

MILW/IC Overpass (Linn County, Iowa)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad & Waterloo Railroad on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
Removed

Trolley Car Trail - Trolley Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1916
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Hackett Road on Trail
Open to pedestrians only

WCFN - Cedar River Tributary Bridge (Bremer County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Unnamed Tributary of Cedar River on Waterloo, Cedar Falls, & Northern Railway
Abandoned

WCFN - Dry Run Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Removed ca. 1968
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Dry Run on Waterloo, Cedar Falls, & Northern Railway
Removed but not replaced

WCFN - Sans Souci Bridge (1912) (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1921, Replaced 1975
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

WCFN - Sans Souci Cut-Off Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Built 1921, Replaced 1975
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

WCFN - Virden Creek Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Lost 1968
Lost concrete culvert bridge over Virden Creek on Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railway
Destroyed by flooding, replaced by a new bridge