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Date: 10/03/23 04:09
Iowa Traction: Outstanding Railroad Historic Preservation Award
Author: JPB

Kudos to Iowa Traction and its owner Progress Rail for being recipient of the inaugural “Outstanding Railroad Historic Preservation Award" presented by NRHS, Railway Age, and Railway Track & Structures. The intent of the award is  “to honor and recognize a North American common-carrier railroad for a historically significant preservation project.” Excerpt:

"...Iowa Traction Railway, a subsidiary of Progressive Rail Inc., is the last functional interurban freight railroad in North America. Its rolling stock continues to function for its original purpose: moving freight to customers. All its interurban electric locomotives are more than 100 years old, and while not restored, are repaired and maintained in a manner consistent with their original construction..."

Iowa Traction was up against strong competition with four other finalists being Arkansas & Missouri RR, Everett RR, Reading and Northern RR, and Union Pacific RR (!),

Links to relevant Railway Age articles:
Iowa Traction Receives Historic Preservation Award
5 Finalists for Historic Preservation Award

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