- RTR FEATURES
From Chicago to Mount Clare and Return by Bill Pollard
Bill traces the life and times of the Rock Island's three B&O heavyweight coaches. He follows them all the way from Mt. Clare Shops in Baltimore back to the Windy City and then some. Lots of photos, RI diagram sheets, and a surprise ending, Bill's detective work makes a good read, in addition to providing modelers and Rockoligists with a lot of hard facts and photos. There's even a humorous sidebar from Pete Hedgpeth for your consideration.
Postcard Journeys by Bill Leistiko
Postcard collector Bill digs deep into his archive and shares a series of cards and two ads from 1909, back when Wall Street's Reid Moore gang ran the Rock and the Frisco. This is an era that we are struggling to uncover more information on, and these cards and advertisements offer some clues just how the two railroads might have interacted. Any info from that era that you can find us is welcome!
Rocket Wreaks Havoc at Hallam by J. Pete Hedgpeth
Back in the sixties the two-sections of the Rocky Mountain Rocket were "married" in Limon, Colorado. Follow the train east with Pete Hedgpeth and see what happened at Hallam, Nebraska, on a hot July night. Lots of photos, and a rare look at a Conductor's Time Sheet by Pete, who explains what all the chicken scrawl meant. It's all there.
Last Days of the Rocky Mountain Rocket by George Strombeck
Speaking of the RMR, they didn't all end up on the ground. RTR second time author George Strombeck rode the train from Moline to Denver back in the sixties. Catching one of the last westbounds, George offers his photographic journal and a firsthand account about the last days of a grand old train. By that time admittedly, not so grand, but a good trip anyway!
- CLASSIC ROCK
Photos features 16-pages of diesel-era photos from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to El Reno, Oklahoma, with stops in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Yukon, Oklahoma.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER
Westerfields Stock Cars by Joe Sindelar
Modeler extraordinaire, Sindelar starts with one of Westerfield's stock car kit, and starts painting. Study the prototype photos we've uncovered and decide for yourself. His rendition looks so close to the real McCoy, that we suggest you examine his model photos while sitting next to your local stockyard to get the full effect!
Two-page Photo Essay by David Vande Castelle
David dialed his "Wayback Machine" back to the sixties and sent us a photographic update of the storm sewer project alongside the Rock in Moline, Illinois. All it took was a digital camera and some help from RTR's Tanya Anderson.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER: Ready-to-Run Review
Moloco's 50-foot RBL Insulated Boxcar by Robert Massey
Massey sends off to Canada for one of Nick Molo's new “Ready to Run” boxcars; what a doozy! This Moloco model is one of the nicest plastic models we have ever seen. Nick is really raising the bar for high end ready to run models! Take a look for yourself.
- Rocket RPO
All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.