Posted by: Whitney | July 1, 2014

CyPix: Dinkey Tracks

As you may know, railroad track remains were uncovered in Campustown last month. With that in mind, along with the large amounts of rain we’ve been getting recently, this photo struck a chord. Here is an undated photo of part of the Ames and Campus Railway’s (otherwise known as the Dinkey’s) tracks between Ames and the Iowa State College (University) campus, highlighted by flood waters on either side. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t result in something similar this year! The Dinkey operated as a steam train from 1891 until 1907, when it was replaced with an electric trolley system, also referred to as the Dinkey. This version ran until 1929.

Dinkey tracks between Ames and campus with flood waters, undated.

Dinkey tracks between Ames and campus with flood waters, undated.

More information on the Dinkey can be found in RS 4/8/4 and in this online exhibit. Also, take a look at our Flickr site for this and more Dinkey photos. Stay dry, readers!

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