Iowa Interstate Railroad purchases locomotives

By | June 02, 2008
Iowa Interstate Railroad in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plans to purchase 12 new locomotives to accommodate the production of five new ethanol plants that will begin shipping on IIR's regional system next summer. The locomotive units have 4,400 horsepower and are 18 percent more fuel-efficient than traditional alternatives. Ethanol plants in the Iowa cities of Cedar Rapids, Menlo, Atlantic and Council Bluffs, along with a new plant in Annawan, Ill., are expected to increase railroad traffic by 25 percent to 30 percent in 2009.