In addition, it went international in 2008 by acquiring the Dartmoor Railway and holds an interest in the Weardale Railway, both located in Great Britain; these properties are operated via their British American Railway Services arm. If you are interested in a career with Iowa Pacific it owns more than just railroads; the company has also branched out into transload services, rail car leasing/repair, and marketing to create new business along all of its properties. In 2012 it entered an area long since abandoned by the industry, privatized passenger rail service. During November of that year it launched Pullman Rail Journeys (PRJ). Using actual, restored streamlined rail cars from the "Silver Age" of travel, PRJ is attempting to bring back the romance of the rails by offering services authentic to those provided by Pullman, which includes the use of porters, chefs/cooks, and related personnel.
If you think you may enjoy such a job/career please visit PRJ's website to learn more about possible openings. You may also consider such a position on another of Iowa Pacific's passenger trains; the company hosts excursion services on many of its properties and in July of 2015 began operating Indiana's "Hoosier State" in conjunction with Amtrak. This state-sponsored train operates between Indianapolis - Chicago and thanks to IHP's takeover passengers now have the choice of riding in either coach or business class; the former provides standard seating with snacks available while the latter includes on-board meals. In addition, free Wi-Fi service is available. Thus far the "Hoosier State" has received very positive feedback, which is not terribly surprising considering such high quality services have not been offered to the public since the pre-1971 era.
You have noticed that much of Iowa Pacific's equipment is adorned in a chocolate brown and orange livery with yellow pinstriping. Since Mr. Ed. Ellis has been a longtime fan of the classic Illinois Central and the company's is equipment draped in a similar scheme, even using the IC's old green diamond logo. For the CEO the acquisition of the Grenada Railway in late 2015 hit especially close to home. This segment of track was originally the IC's "Grenada District" main line; located across much of central Mississippi it hosted the railroad's premier passenger trains such as the "City Of New Orleans" and "Panama Limited" at high speeds. However, by 2015 it was in danger of being abandoned before it being acquired by Iowa Pacific that year. It is hoped that efforts to revitalize business along the property can sustain its future for years to come, the route made famous by IC engineer J. L. “Casey” Jones in 1900.
The future of Iowa Pacific looks promising although it remains to be seen if Mr. Ellis can bring back privatized rail travel as a profitable venture. Such a feat is very hard to accomplish (due to operational and fixed expenses) but hopefully it can happen! If so, positions in this historic but nearly extinct field will almost surely expand in the coming years. In any event, if you would like to work for Iowa Pacific you can visit their website to learn about potential job openings and career opportunities, which lists all of their current railroads. Finally, a company representative can likely provide information about any openings at Pullman Rail Journeys or related operations, such as the "Hoosier State."