Meet me in the Club, Part Two by Bill Pollard
Bill Pollard concludes his study of the 'Porthole Club' cars. Lots of great interior shots from the Weibler collection, RI diagram sheets and roster shots taken during the life of these long-lived cars. A complete roster with disposition info completes Bill's story.
Route of the Rockets: Kansas City to Denver < by Bill Pollard
A chance sighting of TA 606 while plowing the archives for another subject led to a way cool story, “Route of the Rockets: Kansas City to Denver” about that service back in the thirties. And about as soon as we wrapped that up, what pops up but another great bit.... this time about the Limon-Colorado Springs segment of the same train. See it here first pages 22-29.
Qualifying on the Rocket by Dennis Opferman
This is a great story with a sidebar from Dennis Opferman about the intricacies of working out of the Limon Roundhouse.
Graettinger, Iowa by Steve Esposito
So, what happens when some great MOW photos show up in the office… and on the web? Find out in our look at our “Graettinger, Iowa” article. Deep in BCR&N country on the way to Sioux Falls, this little burg has an interesting history, which we dissect in detail. With Tanya's clean up of the old prints, they are sharper than you've ever seen ‘em.
We found photos and diagram sheets of the RI's fleet of Rogers Ballast cars, and a beautiful HO-scale model by Bob Boudreau of a Buycyrus shovel to go with it! All the history is there to boot and a nice explanation of the why and where of sand and gravel geology in Iowa.
The “Mini-Train Experiment by Steve Esposito
Okay, your appetite for passenger railroading and MOW equipment is being satisfied, how 'bout a little Rock Island history? The railroad ran what they called a Short Haul Grain Shuttle back in the late seventies. We studied what history was available and distilled it into a concise article about The “Mini-Train Experiment” in Muscatine, Iowa in 1978. Illustrated with model photography shot on Eric Miller's Meadow Subdivision, this is the real deal, with a slight twist.
Rock Islanders: William Nichols by Dean Schirf
“Rock Islanders” of yore get coverage in this issue in an article about a long gone, but not forgotten William Nichols, engineer on the Mighty Fine Line. Dean tells his story of meeting William's grandson Mike on the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge. Eagle-eyed reporter that he his, Dean's sharp eye caught a detail on Mike's D&S Conductor's uniform that led him to a good story. Vintage photos add to a good story.
Evil Weevil, Rotten Cotton by Richard R. Gill
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Rock, something new comes along and wakes a person up. Senior Editor, Dick Gill, recounts his experience studying cotton traffic on the IC and ties it into the Railroad's 1964 Annual Report and RI shareholder's meeting that accompanied its release. Turns out young Gill worked for John Ingram and has some interesting insights about the future RI President. Dick's sidebar about RI President Jervis Langdon's participation at the 1965 board meeting completes this very informative article for any student of Rock island history.
The Rest of the Story: Hallam Wreck by J. Pete Hedgpeth
Pete's story about what an author does AFTER an article is published will delight those that have written an article, or a book, but it's the photographs that will kill ya! After his first “Havoc at Hallam” article appeared in RTR Vol 9 Nos. 3&4, color photographs of the wreck emerged from the shadows. Enjoy these views of the cleanup, and the folks that came to watch. This is rural Americana at its Sunday best having a day in the sunshine watching the railroad cleanup. Great color pix of a Q diesel, wreck cranes at work, and some disgusted-looking RI brass.
Switching at Lincoln, Part 1 by Richard Schmeling
Nebraska gets another shot in the arm with an injection of switching operations in Lincoln, a fine job by our newest RTR author. This long-time Nebraska railfan's comprehensive look at what went on in town and the immediate surroundings is proof that there is more to Nebraska than cornfields! Richard's shots of Rock Island power and switching movements complement his lively text.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER
Bucyrus Steam Shovel by Bob Boudreau
Here's the icing on the cake… some of the best Bucyrus steam shovel model shots I've ever seen
Modeling the GP 7 Number 4530 by Eric Miller
Eric's pike is a snapshot of what the Rock island might have looked like in the nineties! He backdated the layout to achieve the look of the late seventies. Check out his super sharp rendition of the Bankruptcy Blue scheme. If only the Rock had lived long enough to put Eric's job on the side of some big GE locomotives. It's the most plausible rendition I've seen to date!
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER: Ready-to-Run Review
Tangent's PS-3 hopper by Robert Massey
This issues installment of RTR's review takes a close look at this model in HO-scale. What a beautiful model! Bob Massy gets out the magnifying glass and really gives this model the once over. Pretty cool prototype photo, and some of Steve's model photography rounds out Bob's review.
- Rocket RPO
All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.