Keokuk Junction Railway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Keokuk Junction Railway
Peoria & Western 1752 EMD FP9 Mapleton 2008.jpg
No. 1752 in black and yellow "Peoria & Western" livery
Reporting mark KJRY
Locale Central and western Illinois; Keokuk, Iowa
Dates of operation May 1980 (1980-05) (current company)–
Track gauge Standard gauge
Length 126 miles (203 km) operated + 15.5 miles (24.9 km) trackage rights[1]
Headquarters Peoria County, Illinois; Keokuk, Iowa[2]

The Keokuk Junction Railway Co. (reporting mark KJRY), is a Class III railroad in the U.S. states of Illinois and Iowa.[3] It is a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp.[1]


The present company was incorporated in 1980 as the Keokuk Northern Real Estate Co.,[4] formed in May 1980 to purchase 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad yard track in Keokuk, Iowa.[5] The KJRY obtained that trackage in 1981.[2] In December 1986, the KJRY bought, from the Santa Fe Railway, 33.5 miles (53.9 km) of trackage consisting of the LaHarpe line and Warsaw line from Keokuk/Warsaw, Illinois to LaHarpe, Illinois,[2][5] formerly owned by the Toledo, Peoria and Western.[4]

Pioneer Railcorp filed with the Surface Transportation Board to acquire 66.62% of KNRECO, Inc. (the KJRY) from majority shareholder John Warfield,[6] and purchased KNRECO in March 1996.[5]

The KJRY bought 12.1 miles (19.5 km) from LaHarpe to Lomax, Illinois plus assigned trackage rights from Lomax to Fort Madison, Iowa in December 2011; and 76 miles (122 km) from the Toledo, Peoria and Western from LaHarpe to Peoria, Illinois in February 2005.[2][5]



External links[edit]