From the early days of "Interurban" travel between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, CRANDIC has been providing service to eastern Iowans along our route.
Today, it's not people, but cargo that travels our lines. By serving many of eastern Iowa's largest manufacturers, we are still serving communities by delivering needed supplies to businesses and doing our part to keep our state and local economy strong.
Milestones in CRANDIC history:
- Summer 1903
Construction begins on the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway - first known as the "Interurban."
- August, 13, 1904
Freight and passenger service begin between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
CRANDIC begins hauling carload freight.
Eastbound line to Mount Vernon complete.
Line complete to Lisbon.
North Liberty children ride the CRANDIC to school in Iowa City.
- July 24, 1928
Last car travels on the Mount Vernon/Lisbon line.
CRANDIC Stages, an intercity bus company, begins operations.
CRANDIC Stages sold to Nevin Bus Line.
CRANDIC purchases six high-speed cars from the defunct Cincinnati & Lake Erie Railroad.
CRANDIC ridership rises steadily, carrying a record 573,707 passengers.
Passenger service is discontinued.
Diesel locomotive purchased for all-freight service.
CRANDIC customers include heavy equipment manufacturers Link-Belt Speeder and Harnischfeger.
CRANDIC begins service at Corn Sweeteners, now Archer Daniels Midland.
- Early 1970s
CRANDIC's signature colors are updated to bright yellow and deep red.
CRANDIC acquires Milwaukee line through Amana and Rock Island line from Iowa City to Hills.
CRANDIC invests in rail line from Council Bluffs to Chicago, now known as Iowa Interstate Railroad.
CRANDIC is instrumental in bringing four new industrial customers to the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor.
CRANDIC Shops relocates to 3150 12th Street S.W.
Amana line becomes CRANDIC's main route.
CRANDIC celebrates 100 years of excellence.
Railway Age Magazine names CRANDIC short line railroad of the year.
State-of-the-art maintenance facility built at the original Rockford Road location.
CRANDIC rebuilds after historic flooding in June causes major damage and destroys the Cedar River bridge.
CRANDIC named Argus Media's Win-Win Award recipient along with business partner, Archer Daniels Midland.
To learn more about CRANDIC history, be sure to the order the commemorative centennial DVD through our online store.