Intercity Rail - Sioux Line and Sioux Spur (fantasy transit)


The Sioux Line heads southwest from the Twin Cities metro to the main city in northwestern Iowa.  It follows mostly Union Pacific trackage, with a combination Union Pacific and Chicago-Central-and-Pacific line between Le Mars and Sioux City.

The Sioux Spur splits off the Sioux line at Worthington to connect to South Dakota's largest city.  Southwest of Worthington, this line splits off the Union Pacific tracks and follows a combination of Minnesota Southern Railway, former Ellis-and-Eastern right-of-way, and BNSF trackage westward to Sioux Falls.


Stations along combined section
  • St. Paul Union Station
  • Shakopee
  • St. Peter
  • Mankato
  • St. James
  • Worthington
Stations south of Worthington
  • Sheldon, IA
  • Le Mars, IA
  • Sioux City, IA
Station along Spur
  • Sioux Falls, SD




Travel Time Estimation

From To Distance (miles) Travel Time Cumulative Distance (miles) Cumulative Time
St. Paul Shakopee 28.1 31 min 28.1 31 min
Shakopee St. Peter 44.5 40 min 72.6 1 hr 11 min
St. Peter Mankato 11.2 15 min 83.8 1 hr 26 min
Mankato St. James 35.0 33 min 118.8 1 hr 59 min
St. James Worthington 56.5 49 min 175.3 2 hr 48 min
Worthington Sheldon 33.7 31 min 209.0 3 hr 19 min
Sheldon Le Mars 32.9 31 min 241.9 3 hr 50 min
Le Mars Sioux City 24.6 27 min 266.5 4 hr 17 min
Worthington Sioux Falls 63.2 56 min 238.5 3 hr 44 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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