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Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway

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The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CIC), also known as the Crandic, is a Class III railroad operating in the US state of Iowa. It began in 1904 as a passenger electric interurban carrier and freight operation between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa. In 1939 it introduced new high speed cars on this run, gaining the motto "Swing and Sway the Crandic Way." The Crandic currently operates 60 miles of main line and 40+ miles of yard trackage in four east central Iowa counties. The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway employs 90 individuals. 90,000 car loads of traffic are handled each year on the Crandic. The largest customers include Alliant Energy, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Weyerhaeuser's Cedar River Paper, and Penford Products. In 2004 the CIC began to devote itself to switching services and turned its daily freight train operations over to Iowa Interstate Railway using CIC tracks. The line lives on today as a wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent utility company, Alliant Energy.
Short history of the Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway (Crandic)(CIC)
1904 - The Crandic began operations providing interurban service between Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Iowa City, Iowa. Freight was important to the Crandic in the early years, but it was better known for its passenger interurban operations.
1914 - A line extending to Lisbon, Iowa, was completed.
1928 - Lisbon line abandoned.
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City
January 29, 1950
1931 - Crandic ran 8 triips per day between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and had introduced buses on two added trips.
1939 - The Crandic purchased six high-speed interurban cars, leading to the popular saying "Swing and Sway the Crandic Way.", referring to the motion caused by the high-speed running.
1950 - The Crandic was still operating 12 daily ex Sunday passenger runs between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, with eight trips on Sunday.
1953, The CIC ran its last passenger train, a charter by rail fans.
1953 - CIC completely dieselized.
post 1953 - Freight became the primary source of traffic for the Crandic. At the same time, the electric-powered locomotives were replaced with diesel-electric models. The customer base in Cedar Rapids continued to expand with the population in the area.
1980 - The Iowa City to Hills, Iowa portion of the former Rock Island Railroad was acquired by the Crandic.
1981 - With the demise of the Milwaukee Road, Crandic purchased the Cedar Rapids to Homestead, Iowa, portion of the Milwaukee.
1996 - A large new locomotive and car shop was built in the southwest side of Cedar Rapids as a replacement for the original Rockford Road facility.
2000 - A new and simpler interchange with the Iowa Interstate Railroad is completed at Homestead (on the old Milwaukee line)
2004 - The Crandic chose to concentrate on its major focus, switching customers along its rail lines and the road freight
Crandic map
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City - 1955
between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City is turned over to the Iowa Interstate Railroad on CIC tracks
2005 - Railway Age magazine named the Crandic its Short Line Railroad of the Year.
2005,- Crandic opened its third shop complex. The newest shops are located on the site of the original Crandic shops. The previous shops complex was sold to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for use as a railcar cleaning and repair shop for ADM's large fleet of rolling stock.
2008 - A rail accident a washed out bridge over the Cedar River affect Crandic.

in 1931 there were eight interurban runs a day between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Note that buses had been introduced on two trips.

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