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News photo: D&I railroad buys two Hawkeye Express cars

By | May 16, 2022

Equipment had been used for University of Iowa football service discontinued in 2021

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Black and yellow bilevel passenger cars at end of train
Black and yellow bilevel passenger cars at end of train
Two former Hawkeye Express cars are moved at the back of a westbound train of new owner D&I Railroad at Sioux Falls, S.D., on May 10, 2022. (Kevin J. Ryan)

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — The D&I Railroad has purchased two gallery passenger cars from the former Hawkeye Express football-train service for use in future events. The cars are shown on on a D&I train at Sioux Falls, S.D., on May 10, 2022.

The D&I is a 138-mile short line operating on former Milwaukee Road trackage between Dell Rapids and Sioux City, S.D., with trackage rights on BNSF between Sioux Falls and Canton, S.D., and Elk Point, S.D., and Sioux City, Iowa. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of aggregate producer L.G. Everist Inc.

The Iowa Northern Railway had owned and operated the Hawkeye Express on a route owned by Iowa Interstate Railroad for more than 15 years, providing a 10-minute trip to University of Iowa home football games, before the university athletic department and railroad announced its end in 2021 [see “Digest: RTD ready to revive planning …,” Trains News Wire, April 8, 2021].

One thought on “News photo: D&I railroad buys two Hawkeye Express cars

  1. As much as I love another tourist railroads most commuter cars are poor experience compared to the older coaches in existence maybe once Amtrak gets rid of there amfleet and horizon cars I could see them working great on tourist railroads but who wants to sit on a long island coach designed for commuting for a train excursion

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