Remember the Rock magazine, 2016 - 8.5" x 11" - 80 pages - NO advertising!
Silvis Shops: Part One by Bill Leistiko
Regular RTR readers will recognize Bill Leistiko's byline, as items from his post card collection have been subjects in past issues. A Moline boy, that went west, Bill has been collecting cards for years, and has been researching Silvis Shops just as long. His first installment in an ongoing series answers the question of "where and why?" the railroad took on this mammoth construction project. During his primary research, Bill located maps, photos, cards and a ton of history. Tanya spent a lot of time cleaning up old images so they could be enlarged big enough to capture all the details. Believe it or not, one of the original Rock Island structures from the early 1880s still stands and is in use!
Bow & Arrow Territory: 14 Years on the Rock Island Line by Don Warren
First time RTR author Don Warren tells the story of his career on the Rock Island out in Bow & Arrow Country in Oklahoma. Don's photos from back in the day, and on some trips back to visit his old haunts are nice enough, but his stories are even better. During his fourteen years of service he heard a few from the old heads, and tells a few of his own. Lots of pix, maps and grade profiles. Oklahoma isn’t all flat.
Limon Colorado: Before Kodachrome by Steve Esposito
Bill Leistiko and Stephen Eudy have been collecting Rock Island postcards and photographs for years. We've put together a nice collection of their Limon, Colorado material from the 1900s, as well as some of our favorites. There's even a period map of the yard so you can visualize the photographer's location. The history of Limon is included, as is the J.J Grier Hotel and both stations. Passenger train timetable info from 1909 for all the named trains that stopped, as well as through-car descriptions and destinations are included. We even dug some period advertising out of the files from the early 1900s when a Colorado vacation was all the rage.
Bad Morning in Horton, Kansas: and a long forgotten afternoon’s work by Louis A. Marre
Railroad historian and RTR author Louis Marre unearthed a series of Jules Bourquin photos taken on an afternoon in Horton, Kansas that didn't quite adhere to the advertised schedule. Using the latest photographic restoration techniques, Tanya made it possible for you to get up close and personal with all these splendid photos from 1913. Louis's commentary makes the afternoon come alive as the big hook and a load of manpower right the listing 2027! Not to be missed.
Walter R. Keevil Editor Phil got a fine selection of photos from the Walter Keevil photo collection sent to the home office, and what a fine kettle of fish it turned out to be! In his "cover" story, Walt tells the story of his dad, who worked for the Association of American Railroads back when they were in the Rail Detector Car business. Which is a fascinating story in itself, but the kicker is that the fella who operated the car was a very fine photographer who had a real knack for framing images of wartime operations on the Mighty Fine Line. You're gonna love these photos, and we ran them big!
Paul Hunnell: 1925 General Roster No. 66
RTR Basement Archivist Paul Hunnell has a nice little book available that should be on every Rock Hound's shelf. It's a pocket guide to the railroad from the twenties, which makes it a little easier to glean facts from photos or timetables from the twenties and thirties.
Tom Jurgens: 1954 ’Cornhusker Special
From Lincoln, Nebraska, Tom Jurgens sent us some rare photos of a subject dear to his heart: Beatrice Nebraska. (See also RTR Vol.5, No.3) Cornhusker football in 1954 figures into it, as does a long string of passenger cars. Tom's caption packages all the details.
Happy New Year
Mike Crosby sent us a Bill Lemon snap shot that Tanya turned into the second RTR Christmas card. We got it done after all the festivities, so it morphed into a New Years greeting. It's never too late to say Happy New Year!
ROCK ISLAND MODELER
Let them Shine: Weathering Newer Cars by Robert Massey
Rock Island modeler Bob Massey took Editor Phil's last editorial to heart and put together some cars that just came out of the shop, circa 1974. Bob studied some photos and recreated the look of two series of boxcars and a hopper that had been rebuilt and leased back to the railroad. Naturally, we've added Diagram Sheets and prototype photos.
READY TO RUN REVIEW
PS2CD 4750 Covered Hopper by Robert Massey
Bob Massey penned another Ready to Run (RTR?!) Review, this time on the Tangent Scale Models PS2CD 4750 covered hopper. What a model! If there's anything that's apparent to modelers old enough to have been at it in the sixties, it's that they didn't come out of boxes looking like this back in the day. The progress in tool and die work afforded by modern Computer Aided Design software and the automated machine tools they run translates into fabulous models. These days, it’s one better than the next. Pour a cuppa coffee and join Bob for some history and discussion.
This issue debuts the "RTR Explainer" a new back page department designed to enlarge subjects that would normally be footnotes in articles with additional illustration and explanation. This should help regular readers debate know-it-alls at the next post-meeting pizza fiesta. Listen to them pontificate, and level 'em with the facts; smirks are optional!
All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.