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Rock Island Rocket Redux
The Rock Island was an also-ran in the markets it served competing the likes of the Santa Fe Super Chief and Burlington Denver Zephyr, but it did its best to put on a good show.
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Photo ID: 638202

Only a month after it's demotion to a no-name train, Rock Island's train #7 gets ready to depart for Council Bluffs/Omaha. The photographer grabs a shot at the platforms of the depot in Davenport ... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E3(A)
Location: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: RI 625
Train ID: 7
Photo Date: June, 1967


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Nov 17, 2017

Views: 4,988
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Photo ID: 637312

The last remnant of Rocky Mountain/Corn Belt Rockets, a month after being demoted to nameless train #7, departs Council Bluffs for the Omaha side of the river. The announced loss of it's primary ... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E3(A)
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: RI 625
Train ID: 7
Photo Date: June, 1967


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Nov 08, 2017

Views: 5,854
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Favorited: 39

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Photo ID: 618031

Most probably the Golden State. A Roger Puta Photograph

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Ottawa, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 643
Train ID: See Remarks
Photo Date: July, 1963


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: May 27, 2017

Views: 5,287
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Photo ID: 566291

In its day, Train 8, the Rocky Mountain Rocket, was a class operation, not as fast as its Union Pacific and Burlington competitors but a luxurious and comfortable. ride from Denver to Chicago. But... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 634
Train ID: Train 8
Photo Date: October 06, 1963


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Feb 18, 2016

Views: 9,218
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Photo ID: 556106

The semaphore blade is just starting to drop as Southern Pacific Train 3, the Golden State, speeds south near Vaughn, New Mexico. Rock Island handed off command of the train for the remainder of i... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Vaughn, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: 644
Train ID: SP Train #3
Photo Date: July 30, 1967


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Nov 26, 2015

Views: 8,328
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Photo ID: 555174

The Golden State and its predecessor the Golden State Limited have been plying these rails since 1902, but by July 28,1967, the end is less than seven months away. The joint SP-CRI&P Chicago-Los A... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Vaughn, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: 652
Train ID: SP Train #3
Photo Date: July 27, 1967


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Nov 19, 2015

Views: 6,530
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Favorited: 36
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Photo ID: 551668

The Cornhusker was either on the first or second say of its operation. The late Roger Puta's slide was scanned and posted by Marty Bernard.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 645
Train ID: Cornhusker
Photo Date: October 16, 1966


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By: Roger Puta

Added: Oct 25, 2015

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Photo ID: 535484

The Rocky Mountain Rocket, almost exactly halfway on its 91-mile journey across the old Kansas Pacific from Denver to Limon, Colorado, passes beneath a cluster of cottonwoods, those ancient sentin... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 648
Train ID: Train 8
Photo Date: November 08, 1964


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Jun 20, 2015

Views: 5,992
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Photo ID: 535299

A little past 1 p.m. on a perfect May Day, 1965, the Rocky Mountain Rocket turns its back on the Rockies and heads east out of Denver behind two 2250-hp E8As. Though there are only five cars in th... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 648
Train ID: #8
Photo Date: May 01, 1965


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Jun 18, 2015

Views: 7,239
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Favorited: 38
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Photo ID: 526824

Rock Island E8 and train is headed out of the station on a hot hazy summer day. Kodachrome II film.

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 644
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1965


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By: Ted Ellis

Added: Apr 13, 2015

Views: 7,589
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Photo ID: 523018

There’s not much revenue on Rock Island’s eastbound Train 10, Corn Belt Rocket, originating across the river at Omaha, Nebr. and now leaving Council Bluffs, Iowa with only two coaches and an empty... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 643
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 08, 1965


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Mar 14, 2015

Views: 6,383
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Favorited: 30
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Photo ID: 517596

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)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Locomotive #: 637
Train ID: Train 15
Photo Date: April 25, 1965


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Feb 04, 2015

Views: 7,432
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Photo ID: 516792

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)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: 405
Train ID: Train 39
Photo Date: October 11, 1965


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Jan 30, 2015

Views: 10,195
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Photo ID: 516585

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)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 645
Train ID: Train 8
Photo Date: September 24, 1965


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Jan 29, 2015

Views: 11,291
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Photo ID: 466736

Rock Island Train 18, "Twin Star Rocket," barrels eastward out of North Topeka, Ks. on time on Union Pacific track en route to Kansas City where it will return to home rails. Operating from Hous... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: North Topeka, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 645
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 21, 1966


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Jan 18, 2014

Views: 6,776
Comments: 2

Favorited: 38

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