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Union Pacific has made improvements with new yard connections which have been ongoing since last Fall. The UP wants to close off Hull Ave. and make it a dead-end from both directions to stage longer trains. The East/West yards were separated from the north but had access to both from the south end at Easton. I believe there are 3 new staging tracks along the Ft. Dodge siding with a new switch on the north end making a ladder connection. New signals are at Hull Ave., and a signal bridge at the south end for the new staging tracks. Also a new connection just south of the north leg at Shortline which lets a nb/sb train pass a train coming/going from Shortline. I haven't been lucky enough to catch too many trains here so I thought I would just pass along new progress here.

1. SB manifest going to Shortline Yard
2. NB view of Hull Ave Yard at Easton Ave.
3. SB view of Hull Yard
4. SB view looking from Capitol St. showing new signals

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Good update. I worked in Des Moines for six months back in the fall/winter 93/94. but never had the opportunity to explore the rail activity in the area. Maybe one of these days a trip over again may be in order. Again, thanks for the update. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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