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Rockets Rolling On
The Rock Island was one of three railroads not to join Amtrak. Its remaining Rocket trains remained in service almost until the railroad became part of history.
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Photo ID: 841270

Rock Island train number 509, The Rocket, is seen at Wichita Kansas in 1940. Otto Conrad Perry photo, from my collection.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMC TA
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 604
Train ID: CRIP 509
Photo Date: May 25, 1940


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Sep 21, 2023

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Photo ID: 770273

Led by the uniquely painted E6A, a Rock Island passenger train heads south from LaSalle Street Station. Tom Golden photo.

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E6A
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 630
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 02, 1972


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By: Sam Beck collection

Added: Apr 26, 2021

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Photo ID: 671143

Train #5, the Quad City Rocket, departs La Salle Street Station with Rock Island's Bicentennial Unit on the point.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 652
Train ID: 5
Photo Date: July 28, 1978


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By: Tom Binger

Added: Sep 19, 2018

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Photo ID: 636602

Rock Island train from Peoria nears Chicago La Salle Street station.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 648
Train ID: 12
Photo Date: May, 1971


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By: Robert Jordan

Added: Nov 02, 2017

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Photo ID: 604210

Westbound #5, the Rock Island Quad Cities Rocket, pulls into Joliet Union Station with two coaches and a very dirty E unit on the point.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP655
Train ID: #5
Photo Date: August 29, 1978


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By: Paul F. De Luca

Added: Jan 24, 2017

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Photo ID: 574703

The Rock Island continued their own passenger service past Amtrak startup unable to afford cost of joining. The Rock Island train from the Quad Cities looks pretty nice as it rolls past.

Railroad: Rock Island Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 650
Train ID: 5-9
Photo Date: May, 1971


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By: Robert Jordan

Added: Apr 29, 2016

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Photo ID: 539255

Painted for the bicentennial, Rock Island E8 652 leads the Peoria Rocket west out of Chicago. Kodachrome slide processed in January 1977.

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 652
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1976


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Jul 20, 2015

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Photo ID: 502155

The Peoria Rocket pauses at the depot in Bureau. Bureau is the junction of the Peoria Branch with the mainline to Silvis.

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Bureau, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 652
Train ID: Peoria Rocket
Photo Date: July, 1975


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Oct 14, 2014

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Photo ID: 418711

After making a flag stop at Bureau, the Quad City Rocket departs Bureau and continues its journey to LaSalle Street Station in Chicago.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Bureau, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 650
Train ID: QC Rocket
Photo Date: June 15, 1975


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Dec 24, 2012

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Photo ID: 376359

The eastbound Quad City Rocket makes a station stop at Sheffield, IL on its way from Rock Island to Chicago.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Sheffield, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 652
Train ID: QC Rocket
Photo Date: June 15, 1975


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Sep 27, 2011

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Photo ID: 321030

"Quad City Rocket" at La Salle Street Station in Chicago. Verne Brummel (photographer) / Dave Cramer (photo editing). Visit our websites at - ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 655
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Verne Brummel - www.trainsite.8m.com/rrslides.html

Added: Apr 16, 2010

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Photo ID: 318354

Rock Island's westbound Quad Cities Rocket faces the low August as the negotiates the curve at New Lenox, IL. A club-diner and dome-parlor-observation "Big Ben" lend an touch of class to the litt... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: New Lenox, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 652
Train ID: CRIP 5
Photo Date: August 11, 1974


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By: Don Crimmin

Added: Mar 24, 2010

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Photo ID: 267918

The Quad Cities Rocket Behind the baggage car is round-end observation dome lounge car of DRG&W heritage "Big Ben" serving breakfast. Because the train was not turned in the afternoon (o... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 652
Train ID: CRIP 6
Photo Date: March 29, 1971


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jan 19, 2009

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Photo ID: 216488

Making its Blue Island stop

Railroad: Rock Island Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Blue Island, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 654
Train ID: RI 6
Photo Date: July 29, 1977


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By: George W. Hamlin

Added: Dec 23, 2007

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Photo ID: 191963

The Rock's "Peorian" departs Joliet

Railroad: Rock Island Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 652
Train ID: RI 12
Photo Date: November 14, 1971


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By: George W. Hamlin

Added: Jul 01, 2007

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