Re: M&STL Ice Deck, Marshalltown, Iowa 1940s

Douglas Harding

Terrific, I’ve been looking for a photo of the Marshalltown Ice Deck for some time. In the photo we are looking south. The buildings in the distance are south of Linn Creek, and are the Western Grocer Complex, including a Marshall Canning building. Much of the Wester Grocer complex still stands.


When built the ice platform could serve 10 cars on two tracks and had a 400 ton ice house. Attached is a 1920 map of the Marshalltown yard, which shows the ice platform just east of the 3rd Ave viaduct.


Doug Harding


From: <> On Behalf Of Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:41 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] M&STL Ice Deck, Marshalltown, Iowa 1940s




This morning I did a salvage job on this somewhat dodgy photo my mother shot, probably in the 1940s when she still lived in Marshalltown, Iowa. The locomotive, M&STL 605, we may assume was the object of the photo. I hope you can forgive her for the lack of technique.


What is more significant to this group is the full view of M&STL's ice deck in the background. I've enhanced this shot about as far as I can to bring up the detail. So here is an image you can ponder. I have no information about the other buildings to the rear, but it does look like there is some sort of refractory kiln back there.


The boxcars in the middle distance appear to be similar to 28124, preserved at the Western Railway Museum in California. The enlarged door was added by the U.S. Navy, who used this particular car to shuttle ammunition (probably iron bombs) around the Concord Naval Weapons Station.


Yours Aye,



Garth Groff  🦆

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