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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: 466733

Led by an F and two E units, Rock Island's "Golden State Limited" rushes into Topeka, Kansas where it will cross the Kansas River and enter Union Pacific trackage rights for the run to Kansas City... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 403
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January 15, 1966


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Jan 18, 2014

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Photo ID: 466731

With E8 653 and a passenger Geep, Rock Island's mail Train 39 "Imperial" with one coach leaves Topeka, Ks. on a dreary Nov. 5, 1966. At Tucumcari, N.M., Rock Island will hand the train over to SP... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 653
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 05, 1966


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Jan 18, 2014

Views: 6,329
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Photo ID: 449374

John was in Davenport for a 3-week training at the RI Arsenal in 1967 and took advantage of his off time to capture images around the area. In the small town of Geneseo the Golden State Ltd. is a... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Geneseo, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 643
Train ID: Golden State Limited
Photo Date: June, 1967


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Aug 30, 2013

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Photo ID: 449336

The Golden State Ltd. is on borrowed time but looking sharp as it turns into downtown Davenport off the Golden State main, approaching Rockingham Rd. John was in Davenport for a 3-week training a... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: RI 643
Train ID: Golden State Limited
Photo Date: June, 1967


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Aug 30, 2013

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Photo ID: 419848

After leaving its last stop at Topeka, Ks. with three E7s, Rock Island's Train 4 Golden State Limited is eastbound passing by "Calhoun Bluffs" on Union Pacific trackage rights en route Kansas City... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 639
Train ID: CRIP 4
Photo Date: February 18, 1967


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Jan 02, 2013

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Photo ID: 406448

A typical midwestern scene -- Rock Island mail train No. 39 with a single coach on the rear leaves Herington, Kansas on May 31, 1965 to continue its run to Tucumcari, N.M. to be handed over to the... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Herington, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: CRI&P 409
Train ID: No. 39
Photo Date: May 31, 1965


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Aug 17, 2012

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Photo ID: 392174

A veteran Rock Island E6 is stopped in Amarillo with train 22. This oddball train ran all the way from Tucumcari, NM to Memphis, TN.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E6A
Location: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Locomotive #: CRI&P 628
Train ID: CRI&P 22
Photo Date: October, 1966


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Mar 14, 2012

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Photo ID: 354353

Scanned from unmarked Kodachrome Slide from personal collection.

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Medford, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 642
Train ID: Zephyr Rocket #201
Photo Date: July 06, 1966


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By: Aspen & Black

Added: Feb 12, 2011

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Photo ID: 341436

A nice E8. E7B, E7A set heads up the westbound GOLDEN STATE about to stop at Joliet. Someone was busy with the red paint in Chicago.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRI&P 655
Train ID: CRI&P 3
Photo Date: June 12, 1962


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Oct 15, 2010

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Photo ID: 333466

An E8, E7B and FP7A are teamed up on the Rock Island / Southern Pacific GOLDEN STATE departing LaSalle St. station.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRI&P 656
Train ID: CRI&P 3
Photo Date: June 06, 1962


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Aug 02, 2010

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Photo ID: 318598

Rock Island Train No. 21, station stop, Amarillo. (No. 21 originated in Memphis, Tennessee, and is en route to Tucumcari, New Mexico.)

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E3A
Location: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 628
Train ID: CRIP 21
Photo Date: August 31, 1965


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By: Joe McMillan

Added: Mar 26, 2010

Views: 8,547
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Photo ID: 267853

Westbound

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 644
Train ID: Peoria Rocket
Photo Date: March 31, 1964


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jan 18, 2009

Views: 6,163
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Favorited: 28

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Photo ID: 267852

An E7 and 2 E8s elephant style, eastbound in the morning.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 641
Train ID: Rocky Mountain Rocket
Photo Date: March 21, 1965


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jan 18, 2009

Views: 7,200
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Photo ID: 53210

"Christine" (EMD re-engined Alco DL109) leads westbound passenger train past 'UD' int. Tower and into Joliet Union Depot. Collection of James Humbert.

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: Alco DL109m
Location: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRI&P 621
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1950


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By: James Humbert

Added: Mar 12, 2004

Views: 10,805
Comments: 5

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