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Ticket from the Ft. Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad
During the entire time that the interurban served the ISC campus, there were consistent citizen concerns: lack of adequate capacity on cars; lack of safety measures such as fenders; growing number of accidents and injuries; lack of adequate engine power; poor financial management of the railroad; and lack of control over the railroad operation by the Ames City Council. The interurban was saddled by rigid paths throughout the city and could not keep up with the continual expansion of Ames. Buses and automobiles replaced the interurban service in Ames.
In July 1929 the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad received permission to discontinue service during the summer and never resumed operation. The streetcar tracks were removed from Ames in August 1930. Passenger service from Ames to Des Moines and Ft. Dodge via the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern (FDDM&S) continued for many years before the depot was torn down in 1965 and the tracks removed in 1966.
Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern timetable
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Route map of the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad
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