Dakota Southern Railway

Milwaukee Road Roundhouse,
Sioux City, IA

Nevada railroads

Photo gallery

University of South Dakota

Family photos

Comments welcome: tschultz@ml1.net
The Dakota Southern Railway is shortline railroading at its best--diverse equipment and survival by pure determination.

Founded in 1985, the DSRC first operated a branch from Napa Jct., near Yankton, to Platte, SD. That operation ceased in 1989. The railroad continued, having started operations on the Kadoka line out of Chamberlain in 1987.

There were years of success--but also hard years. From a high of 187 miles, the road dwindled to one active mile, 1999-2006, when its connecting carrier raised prices for grain shipments.

One customer, a food-grade box plant at Mitchell, sustained the railroad during that time.

In 2006, new haulage rights mean the road should be open for the fall harvest.

Last train between Murdo and Vivian: a photoessay

General photo gallery

DSRC history in newspaper and magazine articles

E-mails regarding DSRC happenings--includes STB decisions

Lawyer's letter to STB during BNSF court case

Platte Line photos, 2004

Platte Line notes & articles

Rails Through The Grass
An excellent book on the Platte line, written by a former Dakota Southern employee and posted with permission. (PDF, 19MB)

Links to DSRC-related sites