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.There's a bit of the "light rail service" in preservation not far from Cold Spring Shops headquarters.
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.
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?