The “Dinkey” Returns to Iowa State University
A scale model of the Dinkey, complete with track, will be on display in the Parks Library until the end of May. The real Dinkey was the nickname given to the small steam-driven train that was operated by the Ames and College Railway between downtown Ames and the Iowa State campus from 1891 until 1907. The train delivered not only passengers to campus, but also mail, baggage, building materials and equipment.
The model and accompanying informational panels are on loan from the Ames Historical Society. The Dinkey display was originally made by Bryan Anderson for an exhibit called "Rail Reality: How the Trains made Ames" held at the Octagon Arts Center. The model is now sitting at the east end of the Parks Library, fittingly facing the Hub, which is constructed on the site of the original train's terminus on campus.