City of Rochelle Railroad (CIR)

The City of Rochelle Dual Access Rail Service

RR Final_2The City of Rochelle Railroad (CIR) was formed in 1986 when the City of Rochelle saw the need for better switching service for local firms and for future growth of the industrial sector in Rochelle. Over the years, customers asked to be able ship and receive via both the Union Pacific (UP) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroads. As demand increased for better service and a more competitive environment, the City of Rochelle expanded the CIR system which has allowed rail served industries to enjoy lower costs and better efficiency in shipping and receiving from both the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Currently the City of Rochelle Railroad serves over 2,030,000SF of Class A warehouses of which 1,010,000SF are freezer/cooler facilities. In total, 12 facilities ship or receive with the UP and BNSF through the CIR system and the number is increasing. In 2012 the City of Rochelle Railroad switched 4000 inbound rail cars of freight and 2013 is projected to see a 25% increase in traffic. There are no added switching fees to rail served industries for CIR switching service.

About the City of Rochelle Railroad

Currently the CIR system includes 12 miles of track with plans to construct an eight acre rail storage yard on Steward Road along with 3,500 ft. double track extensions to the mainline. The CIR system is also now capable of handling unit trains which can be stored and/or switched in and out of Rochelle. The Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY), rated as one of the top switching operators in the U.S. today is under contract with the City of Rochelle to provide switching services on the CIR. The BJRY has 3 engines, and up to two switching crews serving customers in Rochelle.

Switching service is provided Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with additional service by arrangement between the user and the BJRY.

Contact at the City of Rochelle Railroad

Jason Anderson
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Contact for Switching Services

Bob Wingate
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