Intercity Rail - Des Moines Line (fantasy transit)


This line connects the capitols of Minnesota and Iowa.  From Union Station, it heads south across the Mississippi River via a Union Pacific track through the South St. Paul stockyards.  The Union Pacific track eventually merges with a Canadian Pacific track in Rosemount, then once again becomes Union Pacific track at Northfield.  The line then follows Union Pacific trackage all the way south to Des Moines.






Travel Time Estimation

From To Distance (miles) Travel Time Cumulative Distance (miles) Cumulative Time
St. Paul Northfield 39.1 44 min 39.1 44 min
Northfield Faribault 13.7 19 min 52.8 1 hr 3 min
Faribault Owatonna 15.3 19 min 68.1 1 hr 22 min
Owatonna Albert Lea 32.4 32 min 100.5 1 hr 54 min
Albert Lea Mason City 37.1 37 min 137.6 2 hr 31 min
Mason City Iowa Falls 44.4 44 min 182.0 3 hr 15 min
Iowa Falls Des Moines 75.2 1 hr 9 min 257.2 4 hr 24 min

Travel times assume trains traveling at the speed limit with no stoppages or speed restrictions.  Travel times also include 5 minutes per leg to represent slowdown approaching a station, speed-up departing a station, and station dwell time.


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