A westbound RI freight passes under the 7th Street viaduct in downtown Des Moines. Doing the honors, and all decked out in the newer blue and white color scheme, are slug-set 298-284-297. It is ... (more)
The dwarf signal tells us that we are alongside Kansas City Terminal Railway tracks at Union Station, where nameless Train 15, formerly the Kansas City Rocket, is just rolling in from Minneapolis-... (more)
You wouldn’t know it to see it today, but Train 39, westbound near Herington, Kansas, was once the Imperial, a secondary but important passenger run between Chicago and Southern California. But on... (more)
Just days off the erecting floor at GE’sErie, Pennsylvania, plant, spotless U25B 230 with two older sisters leads a freight up the approach to the Harry S Truman Bridge at Birmingham Missouri. Onc... (more)
The fall sugar beet “campaign” draws Colorado railfans to the UP, the Burlington, Colorado & Southern and the Great Western. Few think of the Rock Island, but on November 6, 1965, a westbound beet... (more)
Creeping along in unfamiliar territory, Rock Island U25B 210 makes its way past damaged right-of-way at Spruce on Colorado’s Joint Line, on its way to Denver with piggyback and auto loads. The ri... (more)
Extraordinary circumstances have brought Rock Island 131 to Palmer Lake on June 27, 1965. A massive series of storms two weeks before swept away almost every railroad line into Denver. UP’s tracks... (more)
A baggage-express car, a coach and a snack-lounge behind a lone E-unit: This is all that’s left of the once-great Rocky Mountain Rocket by late September, 1966. Hard-pressed Rock Island lopped off... (more)
Waiting for a call on a freight train east, three Rock Island locomotives rest at Rio Grande’s North Yard in Denver, Colorado, in August 1979. Motley lettering on some swapped doors decorating the... (more)
Eastbound Rock Island train rocking along at 10 mph approaching Pullman Jct
A westbound Rock Island suburban commuter train is arriving Joliet Union Station as a westbound F unit led Santa Fe freight train waits for it's turn through the interlocking
The GM Aerotrain from the mid-50's
A string of transfer cabooses mingle with unused cars awaiting disposition after the demise of the Rock Island. Gondolas on the right are loaded with salvaged rail.
Rock Island GP18 #1344 with DRGW GP7 #5103 and DRGW F7A&B in Denver's North yard November, 1968.
Three years have passed since Rock Island's abandonment, but the trustee's decrepit GP18 - bent frame and all - is still shuttling up and down the mainline tying up loose ends. On this afternoon,... (more)