RailPictures.Net Photo: 4552 Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) GP7R at Irving, Texas by Bill Marvel
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» Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) (more..)
» GP7R (more..)
» Loop 12 overpass 
» Irving, Texas, USA (more..)
» July 15, 1979
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» 4552 (more..)
» Unknown
» Bill Marvel (more..)
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The end is very near for Rock Island on July 15, 1979, as GP7R 4552 leads a matched set of jeeps under Loop 12 in Irving toward Dallas. Rock Island diesels and cars have been dressed in “Ingram” blue and white since 1975 in a desperate effort by president John Ingram to rebuild Rock’s tattered image. Likewise the 1952-built 4552, originally the 1304, is one of dozens of GP7s and 9s to emerge from an extensive rebuilding program (hence the “R”) to give the road’s tired roster a shot in the arm. All for nothing. In one month the road’s clerks will go on strike and five months later the railroad will vanish into a final, fatal bankruptcy.
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