On May 4th, 1980, The Rock Island ran their last train out of Council Bluffs, Iowa. This train was powered by RI 4355, RI 4352 and RI 4513. It consisted of all RI-owned equipment out of CB in tow ... (more)
Light engine move crossing the diamond WB probably going to the commuter car yard west of the diamond as I recall. Ex UP unit in a really nice paint job maybe #275 or was it 276. Joke!
We allotted the time, drove all the way from CA to VA avoiding the interstate. Hey, there's scenery, it was great. This freight was rocking and rolling EB. Notice the mix of cars, virtually unk... (more)
Apparently still in service up to the end of the Rock. They was po!
Ubiquitous on the RI it seemd. I like that type of spark arrester.
Rebuild of GP-18M #1256.
Named unit C.M. "Charlie" McClarnon, rare for this type as is the four stack feature. Less than a month left.
Note the access hatches for the power assemblies on the roof, part of the rebuild. Note the non-standard fuel tank as well.
651 was scrapped. For details of this CB&Q/CRI&P wreck see: http://railfan44.rrpicturearchives.net/archiveThumbs.aspx?id=23180
My first trip to the windy city. A friend was a RR cop so I got more familiar with downtown that I might have chosen to.
RI track structure was showing the stress of cost cutting in 1973. The Rock was still experimenting with color schemes as well. These paint color variations created interesting power combinations... (more)
U boat and GP 40 team up on Rock Island hotshot. This image shows precarious condition of the diamonds,
I did not notice the FM H16-44 in this slide untill they came back from processing and I put it up on the screen.
It's not often you see Rock Island business cars, nonetheless painted in Blue and White! Original shot by Jim.