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Toward an NITC Timetable


When the Northwest Iowa Traction Co. opened in the Fall of 1909, the line extended from Ft. Dodge (where it connected with the Ft. Dodge, Des Moines & Southern) to Storm Lake, with a projected westward extension that remained unsettled as they negotiated for right-of-way. Eventually they projected an arc southwest to Sioux City.

By late 1910 the company had leased a right-of-way (some an existing rail line and some parallel with a section-line highway) into Cherokee. The trick was avoiding bridge construction over the Little Sioux River. So by New Years Day 1911 the first run made its way from Cherokee to Ft. Dodge, a distance of about eighty-eight miles in slightly less than two hours. If negotiations had progressed, the line would have continued another fifty-one miles to Sioux City.

Barnum and Grou were flag stops; at Fahnstock there was a seasonal spur to “Resort”, the rural community on the east shore of Sturm und Drang. In Agincourt the interurban shared track with the city trolley system, a lopsided figure-eight with two short spurs, one to the cemeteries, the other to the Fennimore County Fairgrounds, where the interurban cars could run when required by charters and for special events.

Depots along the way would have varied — this is me writing in the “now” — with some stops utilizing the existing railway depots but some smaller stops (like the Grou flag stop) would have had custom designs, with luck providing a sort of corporate image. I’ve already designed the “headquarters” facility at Agincourt but the others have yet to come from someone else’s imagination.

Typical timetables could read both up and down, depending which way the car was moving. Both distance and time were noted, which means a lot of interpolation for me based on examples I can find on the web or, possibly, on eBay.

Fort Dodge — 0

Tara — 6.5

Barnum (f) — 3.0

Manson — 9.0

Pomeroy — 7.5

Grou (f) — 5.0

Agincourt — 9.0

Industry (f) — 1.0

Fahnstock — 8.0

<Resort> — 8.0

Newell — 7.5

Storm Lake — 12.0

Alta — 6.0

Aurelia — 6.5

Cherokee — 8.0

Marcus — this and the following stations were only projected

Remsen —

LeMars —

Merrill —

Hinton —

James —

Sioux City —

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