Home ] Holiday Train ] Detailed Roster ] Freight Car Roster ] Locomotive Roster ] News and Links ] Radio Frequencies ] System Map ] System Timetable ] [ Train Symbols ]

 

Train Symbols

**Revised February 24, 2009 **

Railroads have always used some type of method to identify their trains. Some use a numeric system and others use an alpha system. The IC&E used both. Through trains utilized an alpha system and local trains used a numeric system. Starting September 12, 2006. the IC&E and DM&E instituted an all new alpha-numeric system for all trains, locals and yard jobs. After the Canadian Pacific merger, the CP which uses a numeric system on through trains instituted its system on the DME and ICE. 

Through Train Symbols
Train ID Old ID Type Service Notes
170 MSPKC Manifest Daily St.Paul - Kansas City
171 MKCSP Manifest Daily Kansas City - St.Paul
270 MMCSV Manifest Daily Mason City, IA - Savanna, IL
271 MSVMC Manifest Daily Savanna, IL - Mason City, IA
270 MMCBE Manifest   Mason City, IA - Bensenville, IL
271 MBEMC Manifest   Bensenville, IL - Mason City, IA
272 MNACC Manifest Daily Nahant - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
273 MCCNA Manifest Daily BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Nahant 
360 FKCMC Grain (Empties) As Needed Kansas City KCS - Mason City (Operate between 2 & 4 per week)
361 FMCKC Grain (Bullet Train) As Needed Mason City - Kansas City KCS (Operate between 4 & 7 per week)
362 GHUCC Grain (Loads) As Needed Huron, SD - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
363 GCCMC Grain (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL  - Mason City 
366 GHUKC Grain (Loads) As Needed Huron, SD - Kansas City, MO
367 GKCHU Grain (Empties) As Needed Kansas City, MO - Huron, SD
368 GMCCC Grain (Loads) As Needed Mason City - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
380 GMCDQ Grain (Loads) As Needed Mason City, IA - Dubuque, IA
380 GMCKC Grain (Loads) As Needed Mason City, IA - Kansas City, MO
474 MMCKC Manifest As Needed Mason City, IA - Kansas City, MO
475 MKCMC Manifest As Needed Kansas City, MO - Mason City, IA
476 MNAKC Manifest As Needed Nahant, IA - Kansas City, MO
477 MKCNA Manifest As Needed Kansas City, MO - Nahant, IA
605 ECHHT Ethanol (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Hartley, IA
606 EHTCC Ethanol As Needed Hartley, IA - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
610 ECSCC Ethanol As Needed Charles City, IA - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
611 ECCCS Ethanol (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Charles City, IA
622 EHUCC Ethanol As Needed Huron, SD - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
626 EMNCC Ethanol As Needed Mona, MN - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
627 ECCMN Ethanol (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Mona, MN
636 EAUCC Ethanol As Needed Aurora, SD - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
637 ECCAU Ethanol (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL  - Aurora, SD
656 ENSCC Ethanol As Needed Nora Springs, IA - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
657 ECCNS Ethanol (Empties) As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Nora Springs, IA
676 PMCKC Potash As Needed  
677 PKCMC Potash As Needed  
678 PSFCC Potash As Needed  
679 PCCSF Potash As Needed  
690 PSPBY Potash Seasonal Byron, IL - St. Paul, MN 
691 PBYSP Potash Seasonal St. Paul, MN - Byron, IL 
692 PHTCC Potash As Needed Hartley, IA - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL 
693 PCCHT Potash As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Hartley, IA
694 PHTKC Potash As Needed Hartley, IA - Kansas City, MO
695 PKCHT Potash As Needed Kansas City, MO - Hartley, IA
869 CCCRO Coal As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Rochester, MN
870 CCLFR UP Coal As Needed (Various UP Mines) Clinton, IA - Fruitland, IA (Mid American Energy - Louisa Station)
871 CFRCL UP Empties As Needed Fruitland (Mid American Energy - Louisa Station) - Clinton, IA (Various UP Mines)
881 CBDCL UP Coal As Needed (Various UP Mines) Clinton, IA  - Bettendorf, IA (Mid American Energy - Riverdale)
880 CCLBD UP Coal As Needed (Mid American Energy - Riverdale) Bettendorf, IA - Clinton, IA (Various UP Mines) 
860 COTMU BNSF Coal As Needed (Buckskin Mine, WY) Ottumwa, IA - Muscatine, IA (Muscatine Power & Water)
861 CMUOT BNSF Empties As Needed Muscatine, IA (Muscatine Power & Water) - (Buckskin Mine, WY) Ottumwa, IA
883 CCCMC Coal As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Mason City, IA
886 CSNCC Coal As Needed Mason City, IA - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
887 CCCSN Coal As Needed BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL - Austin, MN
895 CCCAS Coal As Needed Austin, MN - BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL

 

Yard and Local Job symbols are broken down as follows: 
Digit 1 = Train Type Ex: LAS2RX 01
Digit 2-3 = Originating Station Ex: LAS2RX 01
Digit 4 = Order of Start at Terminal Each Day (2,3,4,5,etc.)  Ex: LAS2RX 01
Digit 5-6 = "X" Extra or "R" Relief Ex: LAS2RX 01
Digit 7-8 = Day of Month Ex: LAS2RX 01
**Note Digits 4, 5, 6 eliminated when not needed.

 

Local Trains

Train ID Old ID Location Ordered Service Notes
LAS L 952 Austin Local 0800 Daily Ex Sa Su Operates Austin area and northward
LBL L 922 Rockford Local 0600 Daily Ex Su Operates a turn from Beloit, WI to Janesville, WI and to Rockford, IL;
Operates to Davis Jct. as needed.
LCL L 915 Clinton Road Switcher 0600 Daily Ex Su Switches Clinton Yard and industires;
Operates to Camanche and Lyons as needed
LCL2 L 914 Nahant - Clinton Turnaround Local 0630 Daily Local work between Nahant and Clinton
LDQ L 964 Dubuque Local 01 0800 5 days?? Local work in Dubuque area and interchange with CN/IC;
Operates a turn to Marquette or Samoa as needed.
LDQ2 L 966 Dubuque Local 02 1900 6 days?? Switches Dubuque Yard. May relay MBRCHU to Samoa if needed. 
LDS L 920 Davis Turn 0630 Daily Ex Sa Switches Davis Jct. M-W-F;
Operates Davis Jct. to Spaulding  Tu- Th-Su;
Operates Davis Jct. to Rockford and Savanna as needed.
LDS2 L 923 Evening Davis Turn     Operates to CP Bensenville and/or IHB Norpaul;
Operates to Savanna as needed
LKC L 901 Kansas City Transfer     Info Needed
LNA L 919 Day Ipsco Job 0600 Daily Operates a turn to IPSCO (Montpelier, IA)
LNA2 L 910 Nitrin Local 1000 Daily Ex Su Local work East Moline to Cordova, IL; Side trip to Nahant; 
Operates Eldridge Spur Tu-Th-Sa
LNA3 L 927 The Stone Train 1700 M-F
1300 Sa
Daily Ex Su Operates a turn to Montpelier, IA doing all local work except IPSCO;
Operates a turn to Muscatine, IA as needed.
LNA4 L 921 Afternoon Ipsco Job 1700 Daily Operates a turn to IPSCO (Montpelier, IA)
LMC L 946 Mason City-Austin Local 2000 Su-Th Su - Operates to Wells
Mo-Th - Operates a turn Mason City to Austin. Swaps cars with L 950.
LMC2 L 940 Mason City West Local (wwd) 2359 Su-Tu-Th Operates Mason City to Spencer
Mason City West Local (ewd) 1730 M-W-F Operates Spencer to Mason City
LMQ L 960 Marquette Road Switcher 1100 Daily Switches M SPKC; Operates turns to Clayton and Lansing as needed.
LSN L 942 Spencer Local 0800 Daily Ex Su Operates a turn Spencer to Sheldon, including all local work at Spencer.
May operate to Mason City to forward feeder trains.
LWS L 948 Wells AM Local 0700 Daily Ex Su Operates a turn Wells to Austin.
Operates a turn on Minnesota Lake Spur as needed.
LWS2 L 950 Wells PM Local 2000 Daily Ex Sa Su- Th - Operates a turn Wells to Jackson
Fr - Operates to Nora/Mason City

 

Yard Jobs

Train ID Old ID Location Ordered
YMC 880 Mason City Yard  
YMU 831 Muscatine Yard 01  
YMU2 830 Muscatine Yard 02  
YMU3 832 Muscatine Yard 03  
YMU4 833 Muscatine Yard 04  
YMU5 835 Muscatine Yard 05  
YNA 820 Nahant Yard 01  
YNA2 821 Nahant Yard 02  
YNA3 825 Nahant Yard 03  
YNA4 822 Nahant Yard 04  
YNA5 823 Nahant Yard 05  
YWV 810 West Davenport Yard 01  
YWV2 824 West Davenport Yard 02  
YWV3 811 West Davenport Yard 03  
YWV4 812 West Davenport Yard 04  
YWV5 813 West Davenport Yard 05  

**A yard symbol suffixed by the letter "X" is an extra. 
For example: "YMCX" would be an Extra Mason City Yard Job.

ICE Through Train symbols are broken down as follows: 
Digit 1 = Train Type Ex: FKCMC2X 01
Digit 2-3 = Originating Station Ex: FKCMC2X 01
Digit 4-5 = Destination Station Ex: FKCMC2X 01
Digit 6 = Additonal Trains of Same Date (2,3,etc.) Ex: FKCMC2X 01
Digit 7 = "X" Extra or "R" Relief Ex: FKCMC2X 01
Digit 8-9 = Day of Month  Ex: FKCMC2X 01
**Note Digits 6-7 eliminated when not needed.

 

Station Codes
Alpha Code Location
AU Aurora, SD - DME
AS Austin, MN
BD Bettendorf, IA
BE Bensenville, IL
BY Byron, IL
CC BRC Clearing Yard, Chicago, IL
CL Clinton, IA
CS Charles City, IA
DQ Dubuque, IA
FL Fruitland, IA
HU Huron, SD - DME
HT Hartley, IA
KC Kansas City, MO - KCS Knoche Yard
MC Mason City, IA
MN Mona, MN
MQ Marquette, IA
MU Muscatine, IA
NA Nahant Yard, Davenport, IA
NS Nora Springs, IA
OT Ottumwa, IA
RO Rochester, MN
SN Spencer, IA
SV Savanna, IL

Train Type Symbols

Alpha Code Train Type
A Auto 
B Business / Excursion
C Coal 
D Detour / Foreign 
E Ethanol / Hazmat 
F Feeder / Foreign 
G Grain 
H Mechanical
L Local
M Manifest 
P Potash / Fertilizer
W Engineering / Work
Y Yard Job
Z Light Power

 



2002 JGKirchner
Revised February 24, 2009