Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad (CN's Iowa Zone)
A Chicago Central train passes westbound through northern Illinois in 1993.
|Locale||Midwestern United States|
|Dates of operation||1985–|
|Predecessor||Illinois Central Railroad|
|Successor||Canadian National Railway|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad (reporting mark CC) is part of the Illinois Central Railroad (IC) owned by Canadian National Railway (CN) through the Grand Trunk Corporation. Operationally, the Chicago Central and Pacific is designated as the Iowa Zone of CN's Southern Region.
The Iowa Division of the Illinois Central Railroad began its service to Warren, Illinois in January 1854. By September 1854 the tracks ran to Scales Mound, Illinois and on October 31, 1854, the Illinois Central made it to Galena, Illinois. On June 12, 1855 the tracks were expanded to East Dubuque, Illinois. By December 1868 a draw-bridge was built over the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa. The Dubuque Rail Bridge was rebuilt in the 1890s.
The railroad spun off from the IC with its distinct operations beginning on December 24, 1985. The IC repurchased the railroad in 1996 and operated it as a subsidiary until the IC itself was purchased by CN. The company continues to exist as a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Corporation.
The railroad is organized into eight subdivisions and other spurs. The subdivisions listed from east to west include the following:
- Freeport Subdivision
- Dubuque Subdivision
- Cedar Rapids Subdivision
- Osage Subdivision
- Waterloo Subdivision
- Omaha Subdivision
- Cherokee Subdivision
- Ida Grove Subdivision
- Canadian National (2009-01-11). Canadian National North Division Timetable No 2 (Report).
- "Regions". Canadian National. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- Ackerman, William (1900). History of the Illinois Central Railroad Company and Representative Employes [sic]. Chicago: Railroad Historical Company.
- Ringwalt, J.L. (1888). "Development of Early Transportation Systems in the United States". Retrieved 2012-12-23.
- Agreement between Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company and its employees represented by the United Transportation Union, effective December 24, 1985. Chicago, Ill.: Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company. 1985. p. 58. OCLC 809708515.
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