Office of Rail Transportation

Iowa Rail Toolkit

The Iowa Rail Toolkit was created to provide new freight rail users and economic development professionals with a basic introduction to rail freight shipping concepts, practices and access. Resources are included to help make shipping by rail in Iowa easier and more understandable. A directory of Iowa railroad companies is included listing contact information and a basic profile of each network.

Complete toolkit and toolkit section
  • Are you a rail shipper?
  • Success stories
  • Selecting rail as a mode
  • Mode transportation comparisons
  • Alternate access to railroads: transloading, team track and public warehouses
  • Intermodal
  • Carload
  • Rail cars
  • Site selection criteria
  • Rail planning and design
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority resources
  • Financing and business assistance
  • Finance case studies
  • Third party logistics services
  • Publications
  • Trade associations
  • Education and certification