Railroads

In 1871 the Northern Pacific Railroad entered what is now North Dakota and by 1873 it had reached Bismarck (formerly known as Edwinton). Image credit: State Water Commission

Active and Abandoned Railroads

Active Railroad Mileage

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Mileage of Active and Abandoned Railroads

Railroad companies in North Dakota have miles of active and abandoned railroads. As an example, the graphs below show the the mileage of active and abandoned railroads of four of these companies.

BNSF

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From the Burlington Northen Santa Fe Railway website:

  • BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 160 years.
  • Every day, BNSF Railway operates about 1,300 trains across a 32,500-mile network in 28 states and three Canadian provinces.

RRVW

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From the Red River Valley and Western Railroad website:

  • RRVW began operations on July 19th, 1987 over track acquired from the Burlington Northern Railroad.
  • RRVW operates track in North Dakota and South Dakota, servicing grain facilitators and processors.

CPR

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From the Canadian Pacific Railway website:

  • CPR was founded in 1881 to link Canada's populated centers with the relatively unpopulated west.
  • CPR's 14,000-mile network extends from the Port of Vancouver in the west to The Port of Montreal in the east, and to the Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, New York City and Buffalo.

DMVW

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From the Dakota Missouri Valley and Western Railroad website:

  • DMVW started operations in September 1990, when the company was successful bidder to operate 360 miles of Soo Line track and trackage rights in North Dakota and Montana.
  • DMVW Railroad operates track in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.