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Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad

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The other striking feature [of the FDDM] is that it is one of the first actual instances of the actual electrification of an existing steam railroad in the country. A great deal has been said on this subject and many arguments have been advanced as to the comparative merits of alternation the direct current for electrified steam railroads but little or nothing in the way of actual transformation from the use of steam to the use of electricity as a motive however has been accomplished.

Ames Times, August 1906 edition

fddm_state Incorporated in 1906, the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway grew in length to become the longest interurban line in the state of Iowa.  Its 85-mile long electrified north-south mainline from Des Moines to Fort Dodge linked the coal and agricultural regions of western Iowa.  Several branches increased the total mileage of electrified railroad to 147. A segment of the line survives today as the Boone & Scenic Valley tourist line.

FDDM route map

FDDM route map / web

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FDDM timetable

Interurbans

Motive Power

Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern #502

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Dec 1941, GE #15029
  • series:334 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Cat D17000, 400 hp
  • notes:
  • blt New York Ontario & Western #102
    to Mississippi Export #47
    to Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf #D-5
  • builder

    Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern #503

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Dec 1941, GE #15030
  • series:334 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Cat D17000, 400 hp
  • notes:
  • blt New York Ontario & Western #103
    to Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf #D-6
  • builder

    Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern #504

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Dec 1941, GE #15029
  • series:334 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Cat D17000, 400 hp
  • notes:
  • ex Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf #D-1
    later to Raymond International #4405
  • builder
    See also our Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf shortline collection for more GE 44 tonner images

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    This page was updated on 2017-07-28