The feasibility of moving grain from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico by a rail/barge system has been investigated. Grain was to be moved from heavy producing areas in the North Central and Northwestern parts of the state by a diagonal rail line so shippers would have year-round access to low-cost water transportation. Segments of the rail line would need extensive rehabilitation. Transportation cost savings were found not enough to recover rehabilitation costs; grain shippers showed little interest; and the state might have to intervene in normal grain distribution channels to insure use of the system. The recommendation was that the study be terminated and normal branch-line upgrading for the route involved be studied.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    Capitol Building, 1007 East Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA  United States  50319
  • Authors:
    • Ramsey, S P
    • CARTER, S
    • Kososki, J
    • Christoff, J W
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 110 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180346
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM