Appanoose County Community Railroad

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Appanoose County Community Railroad
Appanoose County Community Railroad system map.svg
Reporting mark APNC
Locale Iowa
Dates of operation 1983–2016
Successor Iowa Southern Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Centerville, Iowa

The Appanoose County Community Railroad (reporting mark APNC) was based out of Centerville, Iowa. It was a shortline running to the community of Albia, Iowa, where it distributed cars from Centerville to be put on the BNSF Railway's trains.

The railroad was hit hard when the local Rubbermaid plant in Centerville (APNC's premier customer) closed its doors on September 15, 2006. At least 75% of the cargo hauled by the shortline was from Rubbermaid[citation needed]. The railroad was partly operated by the county. In 2016, a new railroad, the Iowa Southern Railway, took over operations on the line.[1]

Excursion trains[edit]

Every July, the APNC Railroad offered train rides from Moravia, Iowa. The train traveled from Moravia to Albia. Several different trains were operated each day, and one of the two GP7s pulled them.

The APNC railroad, now Iowa Southern, passes through four Iowa towns: Centerville, Udell, Moravia and Albia.