Train Conductors & Engineers
Iowa Interstate Railroad is currently hiring train conductors and engineers across our network from Omaha to Chicago.
Starting pay is $26.22 and positions include full benefits and paid training.
Visit our website at www.iaisrr.com/careers for more details and to apply today!
The year is 1984. The just recently formed Heartland Rail Corporation, whose owners consist of Maytag, Pioneer Seed, CRANDIC, Pella Rolscreen, and others, selected Iowa Interstate Railroad (“IAIS”), a separately owned company, as its operator. Heartland, with the help of a loan from the State of Iowa and other resources, purchased 553 miles of the former Rock Island Railroad from Council Bluffs to Bureau for $31 million on October 10, 1984.
Trackage rights to Chicago were finalized with CSXT and METRA and the railroad was able to move its first train on April 29, 1985. The train was historically significant as it represented restoration of through-service from Council Bluffs to Chicago for the first time since the Rock Island’s liquidation in 1980.
These beginning years found Heartland and the Iowa Interstate experiencing difficult times, including serious discussions of bankruptcy proceedings. In 1991, the Iowa Interstate was purchased by Heartland to combine the operating entity with the owner of the track structure. Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation (“RDC”) invested additional capital in the railroad and also obtained an option to purchase the enterprise. Heartland’s shareholders had changed over the years; several owners sold out and Archer Daniels Midland became an investor in 1995, ultimately acquiring a controlling interest. In January 2004, RDC exercised its option to purchase the company and emerged as the sole owner of the railroad.