Iowa Pacific gets license to operate freight across Britain

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CHICAGO — Chicago-based shortline operator Iowa Pacific Holdings has won a license to compete for rail freight traffic across the United Kingdom under subsidiary Devon & Cornwall Railways. The permit gives the railroad access to all Network Rail routes.
 
“Issuance of this license reaffirms the U.K.’s commitment to competition among open-access freight providers,” said Ed Ellis, Iowa Pacific’s president.
 
Iowa Pacific already has a footprint in Britain, operating the Weardale and Dartmoor railways. Its U.S. portfolio includes six railroads, and the company is currently bidding on an operating contract for the Upper Hudson River Railroad.
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