Rock Island 4201 and 4206 idle at their Inver Grove, MN diesel facilities south of St. Paul in July 1973. The two units show their Rio Grande heritage, former DRGW 5102 and 5110 respectively. The ... (more)
Seemingly with all nozzles “on,” a HABCO weed sprayer train works northward on the Rock Island at Holton, Kansas, headed for St. Joseph, Mo.
648 Leads westbound Peoria Rocket(?) into Joliet Union station as eastbound freight as just cleared.
This door has been not used by a trainman since the fall of the once mighty Rock Island Lines. The door is located on the South side of the old "Rock Shop" now owned by National Railway Equipment... (more)
Receiving a little attention at the engine shed at Kansas City, Ks. is Alco PA 621 while GP-7 1327 takes a spin on the turntable. The Alco was built in 1941, re-engined by EMD in 1953 and eventua... (more)
What might be a transfer run is at Blue Island.
A EMD re-engined DL109 taken from the Roosevelt Road overpass.
Local freight switches in Faribault Yard
An eastbound freight moves through the maze of tracks
just west of the Omaha depot. According to the sign atop
the Hill Hotel, one can obtain a room for two dollars and
fifty cents. I suspect... (more)
Being stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in the 70's meant close access to one of the Rock's more obscure main lines. Here eastbound tonnage moves past the old depot at Meta, which by this time had lo... (more)
Action at Iowa City as an eastbound slides into the yard.
Rock Island GP7s 1236 and 1219 awaiting their next work at Eldorado, AR || May 1972
Westbound hotshot #57 gets out of Silvis on this autumn 1974 day.
Westbound Rock tonnage hammers the BN diamond nearing Silvis. This is one of the photos from the late 70's featured in a GodfatherRails.com updatemore)