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1 2009 Issue Overview

In This Issue:
  • Iowa Transfer RY Locomotive Alco S-1 #2 Photo No Location No Date - Ron Sims photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Locomotive Davenport Locomotive Works #404 Photo Des Moines 1959 - Ron Sims photo
  • Des Moines Iowa - Dana Grefe
  • CRIP Locomotive 0-6-0 Switcher #96 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1-12-1916 - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • CNW Depot w/ Passenger Train Photo Des Moines Iowa Early-1900's - State Historical Society of Iowa collection : Image 8307
  • Aerial Panoramic View Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Capt. Frank Ellsworth collection / State Historical Society of Iowa collection : Image : 1991.31.20
  • Aerial Panoramic View Photo Des Moines Iowa & Vicinity No Date - Capt. Frank Ellsworth collection / State Historical Society of Iowa : Images : 1991.31.20
  • Iowa Railroad Sales Brochure for Des Moines Iowa No Date - CNWHS collection
  • Coal Mine Map Des Moines Iowa Vicinity No Date - Doug Nebbe collection
  • Preliminary Railroad Transportation Report : Des Moines : 1925 - Dana Grefe
  • Union Station Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Des Moines Street RY Car #248 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Pioneer collection / State Historical Society of Iowa collection : Image 1987.4.804
  • Railroad Map of Des Moines Iowa 1925 - Dana Grefe collection
  • CNW Depot Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • CNW Freight House Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - John C. Burgeson photo / Iowa State Bank collection
  • CNW TimeTable Iowa Division 1881 - Dana Grefe collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Locomotive #15 w/ Caboose Des Moines Iowa 1947 - Scholes Photos FDD 0026
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Refrigerator Car #934 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1950 - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Caboose #092 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1950 - Scholes Photos FDD 0032
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Special Train Photo Des Moines Iowa 1940 - Scholes Photos FDD 0015
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Limited Train Photo Des Moines Iowa 1940 - A. P. Butts photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Car Niles Company #72 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - William A. Vaughn photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Car #70 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1912-1916 - Mel Hanson collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry State Fair Train Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Iowa Railroad Historical Society collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Car #90 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1909 - William Armstrong photo / Dennis Holmes collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Freight Motor #361 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1954 - William A. Vaughn photo / Don Vaughan collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Freight Motor #115 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Don Vaughan collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Freight House Photo Des Moines Iowa 1956 - Ron Sims photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Freight Motor #205 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern Ry Freight Motor #1201 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1947 - Scholes Photos FDD 0028
  • CGW Yard Aerial Photo South Des Moines Post-1948 - Don Vaughan collection
  • CGW Locomotive BLW 0-6-0 Switcher #468 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1932 - S. R. Wood Photo Don Vaughan Collection
  • CGW Locomotive BLW DS-44-1000 #40 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1954 - William A. Vaughn photo
  • Chicago St Paul & Kansas City RR Yard Map South Des Moines Iowa 1888 - Doug Nebbe collection
  • Chicago St Paul & Kansas City RR Yard Map South Des Moines Iowa 1904 - Doug Nebbe collection
  • CGW Locomotive 2-8-4 Berkshire #855 w/ Tank Car Train Photo Des Moines Iowa 1940's - Jim Reuber collection
  • CGW Round House & Turn Table Photo South Des Moines Iowa 1940's - Don Vaughn collection
  • Unon Depot Aerial View Photo Des Moines Iowa 1957 - Robert T. McCoy photo / courtesy Nate Molldrem
  • Union Depot Aerial Photo Des Moines Iowa 1969 - Robert T. McCoy photo / Courtesy Nate Molldrem
  • CRIP [Rock Island] RR Map East Des Moines Iowa 1953 - Doug Nebbe collection
  • CRIP [Rock Island] RR Map Des Moines Iowa 1954 - Doug Nebbe collection
  • CRIP [Rock Island] RR Map w/ Short Line Yard Photo East Des Moines Iowa 1953 - Doug Nebbe collection
  • East Yards Aerial View Photo Des Moines Iowa 1969 - Robert T. McCoy photo / Courtesy Nate Molldrem
  • Flooded Rail Line Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Don Vaughn collection
  • CGW South Des Moines Yard Photo Des Moines Iowa 1950 - Don Vaughn collection
  • CGW Flooded Right of Way Photo Des Moines Iowa 1930's - Don Vaughn collection
  • CGW Right of Way Photo w/ Wheeler Lumber Company Des Moines Iowa No Date - Don Vaughn collection
  • C&NW Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment, Vol I. Book by James Kinkaid - Jeff Eggert reviewer
  • Union Depot at Train Time Photo Des Moines Iowa 1918 - James Cook photo / State Historical Society of Iowa : Image : MS2004.18
  • Union Depot at Train Time Photo Des Moines Iowa 1918 - James Cook photo / State Historical Society of Iowa : Image : MS2004.18
  • CGW Depot Photo w/ CGW Business Car #92 Des Moines Iowa No Date - Don Vaughn collection
  • CGW Locomotive Class B-3 0-6-0 Switcher #89 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1947 - Carl Hehl photo / Lew Schmitz collection
  • M&StL Locomotive EMD SW? #D-838 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Carl Hehl photo / Lew Schmitz collection
  • M&StL Gas Electric Motor Car #GE-26 w/ Passenger Train Photo Des Moines Iowa 1947 - Bernard Corbin photo / Lou Schmitz collection
  • M&StL RR Gas Electric Motor Car #GE-27 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1947 - Bernard Corbin photo / Lou Schmitz collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Car #4 Photo @ Steel Bridge at Des Moines River Photo Des Moines Iowa 1940 - Scholes Photos DMC 0019
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Car #1710 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Don Vaughn collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Car #1711 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - William Armstrong photo / Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Car #1710 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1949 - William Armstrong photo / Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Car #1712 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1945 - Steven D. Maquire collection from Bob Hufstader
  • Inter-Urban Railway Freight House Photo Des Moines Iowa 1917 - Brill Magazine photo / R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Inter-Urban Railway Flint Juntion Yard Photo Des Moines Iowa 1917 - Brill Magazine photo / R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Inter-Urban Railway TimeTable Des Moines Iowa 1918 - No Citation
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa Railway Electric Powered Speeder Car 29 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Hufstader Collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Caboose #0605 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1940 - Malcolm McCarter collection : Neg N-707
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Electric Locomotive #1804 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1949 - William Armstrong photo / Dennis Holmes collection
  • CNW Depot Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - John C. Burgeson photo / Iowa State Bank collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Caboose #9 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Flint Yard Map Des Moines Iowa No Date - R. Huffstader
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Diesel-Electric Locomotive Whitcomb Locomotive Company #1000 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Timetable Des Moines Iowa 1931 - R. B. Hufstader collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Cabooses #7 + #15 + #17 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines and Central Iowa RY Cars Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - William Armstrong photo / Dennis Holmes collection
  • Des Moines Street RY Car #331 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1938 - Des Moines Transportation, Trolleys & IU Collection : State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Union Depot Photo from 7th Avenue Viaduct Des Moines Iowa post - 1912 - Pioneer collection / State Historical Society of Iowa : Image : PH1988.23.2114
  • CGW Des Moines Fact Sheet - Dana Grefe
  • CGW Locomotive 2-10-4 Texas Photo Gretna Illinois 1945 - Bob Collins photo / Jim Rueber collection
  • Iowa Transfer Railway - Dana Grefe
  • Iowa Transfer RY Locomotive #ITR-1 [ #208 ] Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - George Niles photo
  • Iowa Transfer RY Rail Yard Photo Des Moines Iowa post - 1923 - Don Vaughn collection
  • Waterloo Cedar Falls and Northern RR Locomotive #150 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1920 - Bob Levis photo
  • Iowa Transfer RY Locomotive #1 Photo No Location No Date - Ron Sims photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern RY Freight Motor #208 Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Dana Grefe collection
  • Iowa Transfer RY Locomotive #1 w/ Train Photo Des Moines No Date - George Niles photo
  • Iowa Transfer RY Locomotive Alco S-1 #2 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1963 - Ron Sims photo

Editor's Notes:
Other than Kansas City, where I grew up and currently live, Des Moines is the closest major C&NW facility, but it has been largely beyond my radar screen. Yet Des Moines has always had an interesting variety and a lot to offer. With the upcoming annual meet planned there in May, we all get an opportunity to get a little more familiar with Iowa’s largest city.
This issue was written almost in its entirety by Dana Grefe, long-time C&NWHS member, past president, and current board member. This is not new territory for him — in the Summer 1999 issue Dana covered Ames in preparation for the annual meet there.
One of the joys of editing and publishing a magazine like North Western Lines is the wide variety of subject matter that crosses my desk. On any given day I’ll see photographs taken the previous week, and photographs taken over a century ago. This issue in some ways is a diversion from the typical issue, and because it covers Des Moines predominantly before there was color film, most of the images herein are in black and white. But I’ve never let the media itself drive the content of a magazine. I love color, but above that I love history, and this issue is chock full of that.
Dana introduces this issue from his perspective:

The Chicago & North Western Historical Society has never had an annual meet in Des Moines since its inception in 1973. When the idea came up of holding our annual meet there, the need for a Des Moines issue of North Western Lines became apparent. It seems very odd that it has taken this long to hold a meet in Des Moines!
Since I was the one who suggested Des Moines, I became involved with the idea. The topic of doing an all-Des Moines issue was thrown around and it stalled. I decided that I would take this task and meet it head-on. It would not be easy, as Des Moines was the only place in the country where the C&NW and four of the merged railroads (Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway; Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad; Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway; and the Chicago Great Western Railway) converged. Where would I begin? The time frame covered and photos included in this issue are mainly from the turn-of-the-century to approximately 1950. The 1960s and later will be presented in a future issue of North Western Lines.
I decided to give my attention to the more unusual topics that have not been published and are sort of “off the beaten path.” Thus this is not your normal North Western Lines.
After a brief introduction, the first feature is a detailed report on the condition of the railroad plan in Des Moines in 1925. Many things were added to the report outside of the author’s findings. I obtained these from many sources to make the report better understood with examples of topics addressed in the report. The report at a glance has some oddities and unusual ideas, but if you sit down and think about the subjects, the author had good solutions and was a very smart fellow.
A list of CGW facts for Des Moines is included due to the fact the CGW had a larger operation in Des Moines than any of the other five railroads being addressed. It was the last railroad to expend large sums of money to improve the railroad’s physical plant in Des Moines.
Last but not least, the Iowa Transfer Railway Company is not the normal cover photo you would expect. However, once you begin to read the article you will see it is actually very fitting. The information was obtained mostly from company correspondence and researching the Hubbell Manuscripts at the Iowa State Historical Library. It affords the reader subjects not normally covered and gives a clear picture of the importance the Transfer’s operation in Des Moines. It reveals the influence it had to exert to make operations between the railroads work efficiently.
This magazine is not intended to tell the complete history and story of each railroad, but to touch upon the influence each railroad had on Des Moines and the development of the city. I have tried to include either in the bibliography or in photo captions the names of all those who contributed to this issue of North Western Lines magazine.
Individuals who graciously provided information from their private and public collections for use in this publication are: John C. Burgeson — Iowa State Bank; Dave Fiore Sr.; Gene Green; Mike Heslop; Dennis Holmes; Bob Huffstader; Susan Jellinger — State Historical Library; Rich King — Curator–Hub City Heritage Group; C&NWHS Archives Committee; Doug Nebbe; Mary Neiderbach; City of Des Moines; George Niles Jr.; Jim Rueber; Ron Sims; Shari Stelling — State Historical Library; Don Vaughn; and Mike Vogt — Curator–Gold Star Military Museum. I apologize if I have forgotten anyone. A special thanks goes out to Ron Sims whom I met with on many Fridays poring over photos and information during lunch. A big thank you to all and I hope you will have a better understanding of the railroads that once ran into and around Des Moines after reading this issue of North Western Lines. — D. L. Grefe

With this issue covering Des Moines, it’s naturally time to begin planning to attend the annual meet that will be held there in May. If you’ve never attended one, you’ve missed out on one of the valuable aspects of our society. There are some truly dedicated and interesting folks involved, and nowhere else will you find such an intense interest level regarding the C&NW, M&StL, CGW, and other predecessors and successors. Des Moines is not so large as to be intimidating, yet has a lot to offer. Mark your calendar now.
In the meantime, settle back and enjoy what Dana has put together for us in the following pages.
—Kevin EuDaly, Editor
North Western Lines


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