Interstate Commerce Commission, Report of the Accident Investigation Occurring on the CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND AND PACIFIC AND PENNSYLVANIA RAILROADS, DES MOINES, IA
To the Commission: On September 24, 1924, there was a rear-end collision between two freight trains on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway at Des Moines, Iowa, re sulting in the death of one employee and the injury of one employee. Location and method of operation This accident occurred on Subdivision 13, Cedar Rapids-Minne sota Division, extending between Valley Junction and Manly, Iowa, a distance of 135"4 miles; in the vicinity of the point of accident this ia a singletrack line over
... gletrack line over which trains are operated by time-table and train orders, no block-signal system being in use. This accident occurred within the yard limits of Short Line Junction, near Des Moines, on a slight fill, at a point 6,955 feet east of the weBt yard-limit board; approaching this point from the west there is a 2° curve to the right 1,084 feet in length, followed by a tangent more than a mile m length, the accident occurring on this tangent at a point 2,014 feet from its western end. The grade for eastbound trains is 1 per cent descending for a distance of more than 2 miles, extending to withm about 3,200 feet of the point of accident, from which point it varies from 0.5 to 0.2 Per cent descending, being at its minimum at the point of accident. The view is un obstructed for a distance of 3,100 feet. The weather was clear at the time of the accident, which occurred at about 8.40 p.m. Description Eastbound freight train No. SO consisted of 12 cars and a Caboose, hauled by engine 1948, and was m charge of Conductor Sullivan and Engineman Simpson. This train left Swanwood, 7 miles from Des Momes, at about 8.20 p.m., and while approaching Des Moines an air hose burst, causing the air brakes to be applied, the train coming to a stop within yard limits, about five minutes afterwards, while standing at this point, it was struck by extra 2308.