Heading out on the afternoon dinky parade this oddity was living out it's last days. The RI oddball triuvirate had been broken with the retirement of the "Christine" but I got the other two.
Two of RIs finest in what I consider one of their finer paint jobs waiting to go to work.
RI depot under the stars and elevators of Kansas. This one still hasn't received the blue ROCK scheme.
FA-1 set as delivered in red and black Rocket Freight (RF) scheme.
Well at least it got a homemade wooden winter winter in the new paint job but the end. What a shame the "Little Rock" was not spun off as a regional but the end came the next month.
Sitting in the midst of a ramshackle infrastructure which resulting to a great decree from management waiting for a merger that never occurred this of Geep may be contemplating its future. The en... (more)
I had missed the "Christine" but I did get to ride behind this one-of-a-kind. I not just sure why they were not on a platform track. This may have been a deadhead move to storage for the night.
Westbound freight emerges from the shadow of the tower and crosses the ATSF main. My first trip to Chicagoland and I couldn't imagine the number and variety of trains.
I was on my way to Vietnam and as a last fling I went to Chicagoland to visit friends. I caught this shot. I think it was the Quad Cities Rocket. I didn't ride this one but I got to CHI on the "P... (more)
One of my all time favorite caboose paint jobs
New life for The Rock? This caboose pretty closely resembles the original CA-13-3 caboose (also numbered UP #24619), but it appears that this caboose actually lived its former life as more)
Rock Island's Silvis shops rebuilt Geeps for Conrail in the late 1970's. Here we see a westbound local out of Silvis with one of CR's fresh GP-8s tucked in for a shakedown run.
Rock Island ran an express train from Joliet to Chicago and return every weekday. The Bankers Special made limited stops and flew along on questionable trackage.
STEVE SMEDLEY PHOTO