The Midwest has a rich history of railroads that connected its people, places, agriculture and industry. Historically, many of the Midwest's railroads connected the Midwest with the Gulf Coast, the Northeast, and the West.
Many of the Midwest's railroads have become part of today's Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Canadian Pacific or Canadian National. Quite a few of the Midwest's shortlines and regional railroads remain. Shortlines and regionals perform much of the key first mile/last mile service in unison with today's Class 1 railroads.