A rare overhead view inside the Rock Island locomotive facilty at Silvis, Illinois. Unknown date and photographer.
An aerial view of the Rock Island yard in Silvis, Illinois. Unknown date and photographer.
For a road known for its colorful locomotives, where did this Plain Jane come from? Rebuilt in 1959 from an EMC SW.
Commuter coach #2709 and sister, two of Rock Island's unique, Pullman-Standard built commuter cars with low-level loading and bi-parting doors.
What's Happening Here? It was part of a near-in piggyback operation. The NW-2 was built 12/47, ex-P&LE 8708.
The Best Paint Scheme Ever on a Geep? Built 10/53 with a steam generator.
Yellow Faces An AB6 had an E6B carbody modified with a single 1000 h.p. engine, windows and controls at one end, baggage compartment, and steam generator. Only two were built by EMD in Jun... (more)
Ready to Go as the Conductor Steps On Last
Moving a Bunch of Dead Units? This NW2 was built in March 1940 as P&LE 8747.
These are 500 hp Whitcomb/Canadian Locomotive Co. Model Number 75DE12C. Note lack of symmetry at top of hood. Was this pair coupled this way on a long-term basis?
CRI&P 486 with Inbound Morning Commuter
The Engineer Enjoys the Ride Accelerating Out of Englewood Union Station This is Rock Island's version of EMD's BL2. BL stood for "branch line" because the unit was lighter and more functi... (more)
One of five BL2s the Rock had inbound with commuters on an April morning.
See first comment below. The tall building is the Board of Trade and the darker closer building is the long-gone headhouse replaced by the new Board of Trade building.