I'm amassing a portfolio of stories about private railroad operators looking to go into the passenger business, perhaps with participation from a local Passenger Rail authority.  Here's an intriguing one out of Iowa, involving the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, or "The Crandic Line."  It's still a long way from any trains running, but the idea is to get people between Iowa City, where there's inter alia a flagship state university, and something called The Eastern Iowa Airport.  (Cedar Rapids is along the Overland Route, but Union Pacific isn't friendly to passenger trains.)   But check out the intrusion of contemporary terminology into the history.
CRANDIC once offered light-rail service, but that was discontinued in 1953, [railroad marketing manager Jeffery] Woods said. But because the track already exists, it eliminates some important hurdles to restarting it.

The CRANDIC track runs through Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Swisher and into Cedar Rapids. Freight traffic is 24/7 north of the airport, making it an expensive proposition, Woods said. The track in study area sees only about 100 rail cars a year.
There's a bit of the "light rail service" in preservation not far from Cold Spring Shops headquarters.

Indiana Railroad highspeed 65 became Crandic's 120, and a train enthusiast saved some of his motorman's salary to buy it.  Doesn't look like a contemporary light rail car, doesn't have the passenger capacity or the bike racks of a contemporary light rail car, but there's no light rail car with the get-up-and-go.

Now as far as that round-the-clock freight operation, shall we have a clinic in the discipline of clearing the time of superior trains?

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