Beginning in 1852, Rock Island built lines from Chicago north to Minneapolis, west to Denver and south to Galveston on more than 10,000 miles of track. Locomotives pictured here range from a steam-era 2-8-0 Mikado built in 1906, an M-50 4-8-2 from 1920, and early diesels, as well as named trains like the Peoria Rocket and more. As the song says, “Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.”
• Large blocks for notes
• Superbly printed throughout
• Reproduced on quality 100-pound paper
• Deluxe 11 by 14-inch size
Locomotives and trains featured include:
√ Rock Island 400, a Class H15-44 and one of only two purchased from Fairbanks-Morse, was delivered in December 1948.
√ Rock Island 4347 and four other EMD Model GP-38-2s lead a freight at Memphis, TN, on February 19, 1977.
√ Rock Island 1732, an oil-fired Class C-43 Mikado (2-8-0), is leading a westbound freight near Tucumcari, NM, on May 11, 1940. 1732, built in 1906 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, is in its last year of service.
√ Rock Island 646 and another E8A are leading Train #12, the eastbound “Peoria Rocket” making a station stop at Joliet, IL, on April 25, 1969.
√ Rock Island 639 and 632 (both EMD E-7As) are leading eastbound Train 502, the “Peoria Rocket” out of Peoria, IL, headed for Chicago on July 15, 1959.
√ Rock Island “Jet Rocket” (Model LWT-12) 3 is leading a southbound commuter train approaching Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL, on June 2, 1960.
√ Rock Island 602, a Model TA, one of six built for the Rock Island in 1937 by Electro-Motive Corporation in 1937, is at Council Bluffs, IA in the summer of 1953.
√ Rock Island 1341, an EMD GP18 delivered in January 1960, is leading two other EMD units, both GP-9’s, with a “Royal American Circus” train in tow southbound at Dayton’s Bluff, St. Paul, MN, on August 27, 1969.
√ When it came to commuter trains, Rock Island had a big power selection. Here is 495, one of 15 Model RS-3s received from the American Locomotive Company in September 1950.
√ Rock Island 658 and a B Unit are on the point of Train #10, the eastbound “Corn Belt Rocket” at the Omaha, NE, depot on November 15, 1969.
√ Rock Island 4020, a Class M-50 oil-fired Mountain (4-8-2) built by the Brooks Locomotive Works in 1920, is leaving Denver, CO on November 26, 1949 with an eastbound mixed train
√ Rock Island 93, an EMD Model FTA, sits at Council Bluffs, IA, with an FTB and an F-2A on December 29, 1952.
Published by Tide-mark Press © 2023