The Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad was formed during
the Illinois Central Gulf's shortline spin-off craze of the mid-1980's.
Operations commenced on December 24, 1985 on the former ICG Iowa Division extending from
Chicago to Omaha & Sioux City, IA. In 1996 a reorganized Illinois Central,
seeking to secure the Iowa grain market shortly after Union Pacific-CNW
the CC. It operated as a subsidiary of the Illinois Central until the IC
itself was merged into the Canadian National.