Playing Poker with Pullman, Part 1 by Bill Pollard
Starting in 1958, Rock Island Lines did the unthinkable, severing a long-standing relationship with the Pullman Company by taking over operation of most sleep car routes. Noted Rock Island RR historian Bill Pollard traces the cause of the Rock Island and the Pullman Company's fractured relationship. Part 1 of the article includes a 2-page roster of cars, names, types, dates, trains and dispositions. Photos of cars prior and after the split are included, as well as RI Company diagrams.
Gold Streaks and Friendly Crews in the Sunflower State by Ira Silverman
Join the author as he traveled along the Golden State route in Kansas back in early 70s. Plenty of great photography featuring big EMD and GE motive power. The photography is sharp enough in some to see all the details on those piggyback flats back when the RI rolled fast trains through the Kansas plains.
"What were the Chances?” Neal Baucom relates one of his father's favorite stories and illustrates it with an incredible photograph taken near Arkalon, Kansas, in 1938. Very rare view of the 5036!
"Say, Will You Look at That!" A re-examination of a photo starts the search for the interurban that ran alongside the Rock Island in Hutchinson, Kansas. Rare postcard views of Hutchinson and the Carey Salt Company.
ROCK ISLAND MODELER: Ready-to-Run Review of Athearn's Genesis series GP9 by Robert Massey
The author helped insure the accuracy of these beautiful models assisting the good folks at Athearn with photos and detailed information. Massey takes a close look at the final result and provides plenty of advice in the event a model becomes damaged due to mishaps while unpacking these gorgeous models. Lots of model and prototype photography.
Summers on the Rock Island by Ramon Villarreal
The author details his days working on the Bull Gang at the Pratt, Kansas, roundhouse; including a tangle with a crabby ole engineer.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER: Scratch Building the Coaling Tower at Morris, Illinois by Richard Steelman
Lavishly illustrated with the author's photography, he guides any modeler through the process of building this 500-ton coaling tower. Also includes rare photographs of the original tower's demise in 1953.
All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.