Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway

Reporting mark: DCI; DMCI
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The Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway (DCI) began operations as the Inter-Urban Railway, incorporated in 1899 and soon after in 1902 connected Des Moines to Colfax, a distance of 23 miles. Four years later in 1906 the railroad built a 35-mile branch connecting Des Moines to Perry. In 1922 the system was reorganized as the Des Moines & Central Iowa Railroad. Passengers services on the system were discontinued in 1949 and the remaining freight business was switched from electric to diesel locomotives, which lasted into the 1950ís.


Camp Dodge Unnamed Stream Culvert (Polk County, Iowa)
Concrete culvert over Unnamed Stream on Camp Dodge Road
Open to private traffic only.

DCI - 80th Street Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Removed ca 1946
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over 80th Street on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed

DCI - Beaver Creek Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Removed 1954
Lost Bridge over Beaver Creek on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed but not replaced

DCI - Camp Creek Tributary Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Removed ca 1946
Lost Culvert bridge over Tributary of Camp Creek on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed

DCI - Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost to "urban renewal" in 1993
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
Removed due to "Urban Renewal"

DCI - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Removed ca 1946
Lost Bridge over Fourmile Creek on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed

DCI - Slough Creek Trestle (Dallas County, Iowa)
Removed 1954
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Slough Creek on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed

DCI - Squaw Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Built ?; Removed ca 1946
Lost Bridge over Squaw Creek on Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway
Removed

Inter-Urban Trail Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1905, Abandoned 1982; Converted to trail use 1998, repaired 2012
Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Interurban Trail
Open to pedestrians

RI/DCI Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built ?; Removed and filled in during the late 80s/early 90s
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Des Moines & Central Iowa Railway on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Filled in

Trestle-to-Trestle Trail - Beaver Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Converted to trail use ca. 2000
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Trestle to Trestle Trail
Open to pedestrians only

UP - IA415 Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Built 1942
Steel Stringer Bridge over IA-415 (2nd Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad (Ex DCI)
Open to traffic

UP - Runoff Creek Bridge #1 (Polk County, Iowa)
Bridge over Runoff creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP - Runoff Creek Bridge #2 (Polk County, Iowa)
Bridge over Runoff creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic

UP/DCI Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over abandoned Railroad (DCI) on Railroad (UP)
Open to traffic