Portland and Western Railroad

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Iowa Southern Railway Overview

Formerly the Appanoose County Community Railroad (APNC), Iowa Southern is a shortline based out of Centerville, Iowa running to the community of Albia, Iowa. Prior to 2016 The railroad was partly operated by the county.

The railroad was hit hard when the local Rubbermaid plant in Centerville closed its doors on September 15, 2006. At least 75% of the cargo hauled by the shortline was from Rubbermaid. The former Rubbermaid plant is now operated by Lee Container.

In 2016, a new railroad, the Iowa Southern Railway (ISRY), took over operations on the line. It is one of several short-line railroads operated by Progressive Rail Incorporated.

Iowa Southern interchanges with CP in Moravia, and BNSF/NS in Albia.

Iowa Southern Railway Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Centerville Iron & Metal Centerville Scrapyard Gondolas
ISRY Transload Centerville Transload Facility Covered Hoppers/Centerbeam Flatcars
Smith Fertilizer & Grain Centerville Grain Elevator and Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Bemis Centerville Packaging Products Covered Hoppers
Lee Container Centerville Plastic Products Covered Hoppers
Propane Transload Moravia Propane Supplier Tank Cars
RELCO Albia Locomotive Repair and Manufacturer Locomotives

Iowa Southern Railway Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
ISRY 116 GP7 1951 Ex-APNC 116/MKT 116/MKT 1526.
ISRY 973 GP7 1953 Ex-DTI 973. Out of service. Still on roster?
CBFX 1595 SW1500 1972 Ex-PRLX 2205/NS 2205/CR 9515/PC 9515.

Iowa Southern Railway Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
APNC 001 Open Hopper 19?? Ex-?? Used for ballast and as a buffer car.
APNC 2 Open-Air Flatcar Coach 19?? Ex-SOU. Formerly used by APNC for annual public excursions. Now unused.
APNC 3 Open-Air Flatcar Coach 19?? Ex-SOU. Formerly used by APNC for annual public excursions. Now unused.





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