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Chuck Zeiler's Collection
 
10/19/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Chuck Zeiler
Dates:1/1/1955 - 12/31/1979
Album Info:Photos of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific, mostly shot in the Chicago area between 1964 and 1979. The Rock Island ran its first train October 10, 1852 and was liquidated March 31, 1980.
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CRI&P C415 424
Title:  CRI&P C415 424
Description:  CRI&P C415 424, Blue Island, Illinois, October 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in December 1966 (c/n 3451-10), owned by the UP, and leased to the RI. When the Rock shut down in early 1980, the five C415's owned by the UP (#'s 420-424) were returned to the UP and stored at Omaha. All five were retired by the UP in December 1980, this unit and four others were sold to Brandon Corporation June 23, 1981 (#420 was scrapped by the UP). The following is fron Utahrails.net web site: Renumbered to Brandon 424, painted in Brandon's sapphire blue in August 1981; sold to PLM Railcar Maintenance Co., used at Miles City, Mont. (as PLMX 421); then to Pauline, Kansas; stored at Topeka, Kansas, by June 1992; stored at Morris, Kansas, by June 1996, still numbered as 421; seen in transit in Kansas City, Kansas, early 2003; supposed sale not completed and unit stored at Holliday, Kansas (14 miles southwest of Kansas City); still there as of May 2009
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 9/26/2009 11:01:58 AM
Location:  Blue Island, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 424(C415)
Views:  552   Comments: 3
CRI&P RS2m 451
Title:  CRI&P RS2m 451
Description:  CRI&P RS2m 451, Blue Island, Illinois, October 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Built in September 1948 (c/n 75953) as Alco RS2 451, it was sent to EMD between July - September 1957, exchanging its Alco Model 244B for an EMD 567C (EMD Order 8532), and acquiring an EMD GP9 style long hood.
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 9/26/2009 11:54:17 AM
Location:  Blue Island, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 451(RS2m)
Views:  916   Comments: 2
CRI&P RS2m 451
Title:  CRI&P RS2m 451
Description:  CRI&P E7 640 and RS2m 451 at Blue Island, Illinois, October 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. The E7 was built in February 1948 (c/n 3736) on EMD Order E712. The RS2m was built as an ALco RS2 during September 1948 (c/n 75953), and was sent to EMD in September 1957 for replacement of its Alco Model 244B prime mover with an EMD Model 567C. Although the 567C was capable of producing 1750 horsepower, it was rated at 1500 in this application, likely because of the reuse of the GE Model 752 traction motors. I do not know if the GE GT564C main generator was reused or if EMD's D12B was installed. The locomotive retained its as-built long hood forward configuration after the rebuilding.
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 9/26/2009 4:44:09 PM
Location:  Blue Island, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 640(E7A) CRIP 451(RS2m)
Views:  1180   Comments: 3
CRI&P RS2m 453
Title:  CRI&P RS2m 453
Description:  CRI&P RS2m 453 at South Chicago, Illinois on August 17, 1975, Kodachrome by Paul L. Strang, Chuck Zeiler collection. This locomotive was built by Alco as an RS2 during September - October 1948, sent to EMD during March 1957 (EMD Order 8523) for replacement of its Alco Model 244B prime mover with an EMD 567C, retaining its 1500 horsepower rating as well as long hood forward configuration. The Rock Island had five RS2's (road #'s 450-454) and all received EMD prime movers and long hoods during 1957.
Photo Date:  8/17/1975  Upload Date: 9/27/2009 10:54:11 AM
Location:  South Chicago, IL
Author:  Paul L. Strang
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 453(RS2m)
Views:  1007   Comments: 3
CRI&P RS3 488
Title:  CRI&P RS3 488
Description:  CRI&P RS3 488 at Joliet, Illinois on July 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 3/8/2014 2:02:48 PM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Track
Locomotives:  CRIP 488(RS3)
Views:  314   Comments: 1
CRI&P RS3 488
Title:  CRI&P RS3 488
Description:  CRI&P RS3 488, Joliet, Illinois, July 11, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built between October - November 1951 (c/n 79264), and had provisions for train lighting power, note the step in the handrail by the radiator, which rose over the train lighting box on the running board.
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 9/27/2009 7:13:15 PM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 488(RS3)
Views:  1182   Comments: 3
CRI&P RS3 489
Title:  CRI&P RS3 489
Description:  CRI&P RS3 489, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. The Rock Island acquired 35 RS3's between 1950-1951, this one built in late (October -November) 1951 (c/n 79265) and equipped to provide commuter train lighting power (note jumper cables and box on running board).
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 9/28/2009 11:10:44 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 489(RS3)
Views:  579   Comments: 2
CRI&P RS3 489
Title:  CRI&P RS3 489
Description:  CRI&P RS3 489 at 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 1965, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 3/8/2014 2:38:30 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  CRIP 489(RS3)
Views:  319   Comments: 1
CRI&P RS3 490
Title:  CRI&P RS3 490
Description:  CRI&P RS3 490, Englewood, Illinois, April 11, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built during October - November 1951 (c/n 79266) specifically for commuter service and was delivered by Alco with train lighting power assemblies housed in boxes mounted on the running board just behind the truncated radiator shutters.
Photo Date:  4/11/1965  Upload Date: 9/28/2009 7:21:34 PM
Location:  Englewood, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 490(RS3)
Views:  1049   Comments: 2
CRI&P SW1 531
Title:  CRI&P SW1 531
Description:  CRI&P SW1 531, Silvis, Illinois, June 5, 1984, photo by Jim Altman, Chuck Zeiler collection. This locomotive was built in March 1942 (c/n 1680) on EMD Order E475, an order for eight SW1's (#'s 429-536).
Photo Date:  6/5/1984  Upload Date: 9/29/2009 10:41:11 AM
Location:  Silvis, IL
Author:  Jim Altman
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 531(SW1)
Views:  733   Comments: 2
CRI&P SW1 533
Title:  CRI&P SW1 533
Description:  CRI&P SW1 533, Silvis, Illinois, June 5, 1984, photo by Jim Altman, Chuck Zeiler collection. This locomotive was built during April 1942 (c/n 1682) on EMD Order E475.
Photo Date:  6/5/1984  Upload Date: 9/29/2009 6:50:42 PM
Location:  Silvis, IL
Author:  Jim Altman
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 533(SW1)
Views:  480   Comments: 0
CRI&P SW1 535
Title:  CRI&P SW1 535
Description:  CRI&P SW1 535 at the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in April 1942 (c/n 1684) on EMD Order E475 for eight SW1's.
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 9/29/2009 11:33:49 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 535(SW1)
Views:  552   Comments: 1
CRI&P SW1 538
Title:  CRI&P SW1 538
Description:  CRI&P SW1 538 at 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in July 1949 (c/n 7474) on EMD Order E1064, an order for ten SW1's (#'s 537-546).
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 9/30/2009 10:19:14 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 538(SW1)
Views:  436   Comments: 2
CRI&P SW900m 551
Title:  CRI&P SW900m 551
Description:  CRI&P SW900m 551, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built by EMC during July 1938 (c/n 721) as #523, a Model SW built on EMC Order E205 (an order for ten SW's, #'s 519-528). During April 1957, SW 523 was sent to EMD for rebuilding into SW900m 551 (on EMD Order 7543), rated at 600 horsepower. There was only three inches difference between the SW frame (40'5") and the SW900 production frame (40'8") so likely the frame and cab were reused during rebuilding. I cannot account for the horsepower derating, but perhaps the original GE model 287E traction motors were also reused.
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 9/30/2009 11:28:25 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 551(SW900)
Views:  520   Comments: 2
CRI&P E7B 610
Title:  CRI&P E7B 610
Description:  CRI&P E7B 610 outside the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, May 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 610 was built in February 1948 (c/n 3742) as 640B on EMD Order E712B, an order for for six E7B's, original numbers 637B-642B, renumbered to 607-612.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/1/2009 10:46:34 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 610(E7B)
Views:  831   Comments: 5
CRI&P E7B 610
Title:  CRI&P E7B 610
Description:  CRI&P E7B 610 at 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in May 1979, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 3/8/2014 2:57:14 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 610(E7B)
Views:  228   Comments: 1
CRI&P E3A 625
Title:  CRI&P E3A 625
Description:  CRI&P E3A 625 at the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built by EMC in July 1939 (c/n 934) on Order E245A for two E3A's, (625 and 626), both traded to EMD in September 1969. They were built for the Fall 1939 inaguration of the new lightweight Rocky Mountain Rocket, replacing the steam powered Rocky Mountain Limited. The original trainset was a partially articulated Budd built three car trainset pulled by a EMC TA model locomotive, expanded to a seven car Budd-Pullman built mix (November 12, 1939), requiring more horsepower, thus the two E3's. Note the taper at the rear of the carbody to match the roofline of the Budd cars.
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 9/22/2009 12:22:42 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 625(E3A)
Views:  1939   Comments: 3
CRI&P E3A 625
Title:  CRI&P E3A 625
Description:  CRI&P E3A 625 at the 47th Street coach yard, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built by EMC in July 1939 (c/n 934), on EMC Order E245A for two E3A's (625 and 626). These two E3's were intended for the new Rocky Mountain Rocket. Only 17 E3A's were built, and only two E3B's. Rock Island's units survived until traded to EMD in September 1969. There's a nice as-built image at the RITS web site: http://www.rits.org/www/equipment/dieselpix/rmr.gif
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 9/22/2009 4:48:25 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 625(E3A)
Views:  1067   Comments: 3
CRI&P E6 630
Title:  CRI&P E6 630
Description:  Rock Island E6 630 at 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 1965, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in October 1941 (c/n 1424) on EMD Order E415A for two E6A's (#'2 630-631), number 630 was preserved.
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 9/10/2016 1:24:47 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 630(E6A)
Views:  159   Comments: 0
CRI&P E6 630
Title:  CRI&P E6 630
Description:  Rock Island E6 630 at 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 1965, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in October 1941 (c/n 1424) on EMD Order E415A for two E6A's (#'2 630-631), it is seen here just outside the Rocket House showering before its next assignment.
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 10/1/2009 12:28:10 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 630(E6A)
Views:  1236   Comments: 3
CRI&P E7 634
Title:  CRI&P E7 634
Description:  CRI&P E7 634 at the Rocket House around 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on June 13, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built between April - May 1946 (c/n 3096) on EMD Order E650A. The trailing unit is E8 653.
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 10/2/2009 11:08:19 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 634(E7A)
Views:  1079   Comments: 2
CRI&P E7 636
Title:  CRI&P E7 636
Description:  CRI&P E7 636 at the Rocket House around 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on June 13, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built during May 1946 (c/n 3098) on EMD Order E650A. The trailing unit is E3 625. Note the taper on the E3's rear carbody, designed to meet the roofline of the Budd cars of the original Rocky Mountain Rocket.
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 10/2/2009 12:20:48 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 636(E7A)
Views:  652   Comments: 3
CRI&P E7 636
Title:  CRI&P E7 636
Description:  CRI&P E7 636 on Train #17 at Saint Paul, Minnesota, February 5, 1966, photo by Chuck Zeiler. According to the June 1965 issue of The Official Guide, Train #17 was the Twin Star Rocket, departing Saint Paul daily at 11:30 AM and arriving at Fort Worth, Texas, at 8:45 AM the next day. A dining car and a parlor-lounge car was offered between Minneapolis and Kansas City, and a lounge-buffet was offered between Kansas City and Fort Worth, and connections were offered between #17 and #3, the Golden State, at Kansas City, with reserved reclining chair cars seats at extra fare.
Photo Date:  2/5/1966  Upload Date: 10/2/2009 1:46:03 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 636(E7A)
Views:  605   Comments: 1
CRI&P E7 639
Title:  CRI&P E7 639
Description:  CRI&P E7 639 at about 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in May 1979, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 5/15/2015 11:27:35 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 639(E7A)
Views:  118   Comments: 0
CRI&P E7 639
Title:  CRI&P E7 639
Description:  CRI&P E7 639, Blue Island, Illinois, October 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 639 was built in February 1948 (c/n 3735) on EMD Order E712A. By the date of this photo, the Rock Island no longer operated trains, the commuter operations had been taken over by the Regional Transit Authority, which replaced these E units with F40PH's, and the freight operations were operated by the Kansas City Terminal, as directed by the ICC. The locomotive on the left, number 652, still in Bicentennial paint, survived.
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/3/2009 11:36:57 AM
Location:  Blue Island, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 639(E7A) CRIP 652(E8A)
Views:  1033   Comments: 3
CRI&P E7 641
Title:  CRI&P E7 641
Description:  CRI&P E7 641 at about Roosevelt Road in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in July 1978, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in February 1948 (c/n 3737) on EMD Order E712A. It is seen here just moments away from LaSalle Street Station. The trailing unit is E8 649.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/3/2009 12:35:54 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 641(E7A) CRIP 649(E8A)
Views:  811   Comments: 4
CRI&P E7 641
Title:  CRI&P E7 641
Description:  CRI&P E7 641 at Roosevelt Road in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in July 1978, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. A question came up about those half tube shaped items just in front of and behind the four exhaust stacks of each prime mover. A modeling web site called them exhaust smoke lifters. The same site (address below) says the railroad modified the radiators, explaining the unusual radiator configuration seen here. Anyone know anything about this please leave a comment.

http://atlasrescueforum.proboards.com/thread/2198/rock-island-e7-639-build?page=3

Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 5/15/2015 11:53:27 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 641(E7A)
Views:  150   Comments: 1
CRI&P E7 642
Title:  CRI&P E7 642
Description:  CRI&P E7 642 on Train #11, The Peoria Rocket at Joliet, Illinois, July 11, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 642 was built in February 1948 (c/n 3738) on EMD Order E712A. It is seen heading Train #11, the morning Peoria Rocket, and according to the June 1965 issue of The Official Guide, this train left LaSalle Street Station at 8:00 AM, arriving at Joliet at 8:50 AM CST (9:50 locally, Daylight Savings Time), and completed its journey in Peoria at 11:10 AM CST. The Rock Island had four Peoria Rockets (two each direction, Trains 11, 12, 13, 14), with 11 and 14 consisting of chair cars with a buffet (snack service only) and 12 and 13 having a parlor and dining car in addition to the chair cars.
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 10/4/2009 8:49:38 AM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 642(E7A)
Views:  779   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 643
Title:  CRI&P E8 643
Description:  CRI&P E8 643, Joliet, Illinois, June 1973, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Built as EMD's E8 demonstrator #952 in August 1949 (c/n 10306) on EMD Order E952, it was sold to the Rock Island in April 1950, becoming 643. It is seen here eastbound at Joliet. Unfortunately, the crowd is not for the Rock Island but for the soon to arrive steam excursion powered by Southern's 2-8-2 #4501.
Photo Date:  6/1/1973  Upload Date: 10/4/2009 10:07:59 AM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 643(E8A)
Views:  553   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 644
Title:  CRI&P E8 644
Description:  CRI&P E8 644, Chicago, Illinois, July 1978, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 644 and train are about to pass under Roosevelt Road, moments away fraom arrival at LaSalle Street Station.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/6/2009 9:22:59 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 644(E8A)
Views:  397   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 644
Title:  CRI&P E8 644
Description:  CRI&P E8 644 at Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, July 1978, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Many of Rock Island's E units swapped steam generators for HEP units to supply power to the bi-level commuter cars. Number 644 retained its steam generator to supply heat to the older commuter coaches, not needed of course in July, when this photo was taken.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/6/2009 9:51:18 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 644(E8A)
Views:  357   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 644
Title:  CRI&P E8 644
Description:  CRI&P E8 644 at the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, September 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive waqs built in June 1951 (c/n 14276) on EMD Order 2032A for six E8's (#'s 644-649).
Photo Date:  9/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/5/2009 10:10:58 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 644(E8A)
Views:  328   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 644
Title:  CRI&P E8 644
Description:  CRI&P E8 644 at the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, September 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. By the date of this photo, the Rock Island was all but shut down, one of the unions had walked out on strike for back wages, the suburban service had been taken over by the RTA, the E units were replaced by F40PH's, and the freight service was being operated by the Kansas City Terminal Railway, as directed by the ICC. There is a pipe attached to the steam line on this locomotive, one might speculate that one of the final duties of 644 was as a steam generator at the Rocket House, still used by the RTA to service the new F40PH's.
Photo Date:  9/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/5/2009 10:45:16 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 644(E8A)
Views:  451   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 647
Title:  CRI&P E8 647
Description:  Rock Island E8 647 on Train # 8, The Rocky Mountain Rocket, at Joliet, Illinois on July 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in June 1951 ( c/n 14279 ) on EMD Order 2032A. The semaphore blade is dropping as eastbound The Rocky Mountain Rocket pulls into Joliet, and, if it's on schedule, the time is 7:55 AM CST, or 8:55 AM locally ( Daylight Savings Time ). This train left Colorado Springs AND Denver at 11:30 PM the evening before, joined together at Limon Colorado and became Train # 8 to Chicago. With one of the E8's running in reverse, I'm not sure how they did that. At inception, this train utilized custom-built E6 B-units (classed AB6) with cab controls added, as the trailing power unit, and the train was combined (or split) at Limon, each unit taking a portion of the train from or to either Denver or Colorado Springs. In addition to a sleeping car, diner, and club-lounge, # 8 has reserved seat chair cars, and according to the June 1965 Official Guide, picked up an additional chair car at Rock Island, Illinois.
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 10/6/2009 4:03:56 PM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 647(E8A)
Views:  701   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 647
Title:  CRI&P E8 647
Description:  Rock Island E8 647 on Train # 8, The Rocky Mountain Rocket, at Joliet, Illinois on July 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in June 1951 ( c/n 14279 ) on EMD Order 2032A. If it's on schedule, the time is 7:55 AM CST, or 8:55 AM locally ( Daylight Savings Time ). This train left Colorado Springs AND Denver at 11:30 PM the evening before, joined together at Limon Colorado and became Train # 8 to Chicago. With one of the E8's running in reverse, I'm not sure how they did that. At inception, this train utilized custom-built E6 B-units (classed AB6) with cab controls added, as the trailing power unit, and the train was combined (or split) at Limon, each unit taking a portion of the train from or to either Denver or Colorado Springs. In addition to a sleeping car, diner, and club-lounge, # 8 has reserved seat chair cars, and according to the June 1965 Official Guide, picked up an additional chair car at Rock Island, Illinois.
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 1/22/2017 5:25:45 PM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 647(E8A)
Views:  40   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 649
Title:  CRI&P E8 649
Description:  Rock Island E8 649 at 47th Street in Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 1965, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. The paint looks a little strange because it just came off the wash rack. For the life of me, I don't know why the Rock Island did not continue those nose stripes down the carbody.
Photo Date:  3/28/1965  Upload Date: 10/7/2009 12:45:20 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 649(E8A)
Views:  660   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 649
Title:  CRI&P E8 649
Description:  CRI&P E8 649 in the dead line at 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, May 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 649 was built in July 1951 (c/n 14281) on EMD Order 2032A. It is seen here in the dead line just south of the Rocket House at 47th Street. By this date, these locomotives had been replaced by F40PH's and the Rock Island's commuter service was being operated by the Regional Transit Authority which owned the F40PH's, and was in the process of replacing the Rock's 1920's era commuter coaches, in some cases, borrowing equipment from other RTA routes (C&NW and Milwaukee Road bi-level coaches were seen on the Rock Island for a while). Keeping the 649 company is E8 653 and several other unidentified E8's.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/7/2009 11:28:47 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 649(E8A)
Views:  706   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 651
Title:  CRI&P E8 651
Description:  CRI&P E8 651, Eola, Illinois, October 11, 1964, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in March 1952 (c/n 15198) on EMD Order 2047A. See this address for a full report on this accident: http://railfan44.blogspot.com/2014/01/major-passenger-train-wreck-montgomery.html . Briefly, this was the second of six Rock Island locomotives (656, 651, 633, 750, 638 and 636) in a combined train (#'s 4 and 10) that was re-routed over the CB&Q because of a faulty bridge in the Rock Island's track. It was holding at Montgomery, Illinois, waiting for CB&Q's Train #3 to clear the interlocking, but #3 was routed by mistake into the standing Rock Island train, hitting it at approximately 52 mph, destroying both lead locomotives and killing four people.
Photo Date:  10/14/1964  Upload Date: 10/8/2009 12:23:15 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  CRIP 651(E8A)
Views:  857   Comments: 3
CRI&P E8 652
Title:  CRI&P E8 652
Description:  CRI&P E8 652 eastbound somewhere between Joliet and Chicago, June 1973, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 652 was built during March 1952 (c/n 15199) on EMD Order 2047A. It is seen passing a westbound steam excursion powered by Southern Railway's 2-8-2 #4501 with observation #1056, "Lookout Mountain" carrying the markers.
Photo Date:  6/1/1973  Upload Date: 10/8/2009 1:28:56 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 652(E8A)
Views:  675   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 653
Title:  CRI&P E8 653
Description:  CRI&P E8 653 at the Rocket House, 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 653 was built during March 1952 (c/n 15200) on EMD Order 2047A. The E7 is number 634.
Photo Date:  6/13/1965  Upload Date: 10/9/2009 10:29:15 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 653(E8A)
Views:  642   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 653
Title:  CRI&P E8 653
Description:  Rock Island E8 653 at Joliet, Illinois on July 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. I believe this to be Train # 8, the Rocky Mountain Rocket. If it's on time, it's about 7:55 AM CST ( or 8:55 AM locally, Daylight Savings Time ).
Photo Date:  7/11/1965  Upload Date: 10/9/2009 12:43:30 PM
Location:  Joliet, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 653(E8A)
Views:  467   Comments: 3
CRI&P E8 653
Title:  CRI&P E8 653
Description:  Rock Island E8 653 at Denver, Colorado on August 26, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. According to the June 1965 edition of The Official Guide, this was the Denver section of the Rocky Mountain Rocket backing into Union Station in preparation for its 11:30 AM ( Mountain Standard Time ) departure. This was the only First Class Rock Island train scheduled to reach Denver. Also departing at 11:30 AM was the Colorado Springs section of the same train, and both will become one train at Limon, Colorado, Train # 8, the eastbound Rocky Mountain Rocket, arriving in Chicago the next morning at 8:45 AM CST. The sleeper, diner, and club-lounge cars as well as about half of the chair cars went to Denver, with only chair cars going to Colorado Springs.
Photo Date:  8/26/1965  Upload Date: 10/10/2009 11:43:46 AM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 653(E8A)
Views:  594   Comments: 3
CRI&P E8 654
Title:  CRI&P E8 654
Description:  CRI&P E8 654, Denver, Colorado, August 27, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built during March 1952 (c/n 15201) on EMD Order 2047A, an order for six E8's (#'s 650-655). It is seen here on the Denver section of Train #8, The Rocky Mountain Rocket. According to the June 1965 edition of The Official Guide, it will depart Denver at 11:30 AM Mountain Standard Time, arriving in Limon, Colorado, at 12:57 PM, and will be combined with the Colorado Springs section of the same train. This section has all the first class cars, including the diner. The combined Rocky Mountain Rocket will arrive in Chicago the next morning at 8:45 AM CST.
Photo Date:  8/27/1965  Upload Date: 10/10/2009 1:05:24 PM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 654(E8A)
Views:  571   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 654
Title:  CRI&P E8 654
Description:  Rock Island E8 654 at about 16th Street in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in July 1978, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 1/8/2017 7:37:31 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 654(E8A)
Views:  37   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 654
Title:  CRI&P E8 654
Description:  CRI&P E8 654, Chicago, Illinois, July 1978, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 654 is seen here heading the westbound Quad Cities Rocket (formerly the Des Moines Rocket) past the 16th Street Tower, crossing over the ICG's Saint Charles Airline.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/10/2009 2:06:30 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 654(E8A)
Views:  792   Comments: 4
CRI&P E8 655
Title:  CRI&P E8 655
Description:  CRI&P E8 655, Saint Paul, Minnesota, February 5, 1966, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built during March 1952 (c/n 15202) on EMD Order 2047A. It is seen here at Saint Paul Union Depot, having cut off its train, the three baggage cars have been removed. I have a shot of this train arriving, and have labeled the slide "Zephyr - Rocket". That being the case, this locomotive brought in the daily Train #15-201-20 from Saint Louis, Missouri. This was a train jointly operated by the Rock Island and the CB&Q between Minneapolis and Saint Louis, with both railroads supplying power and rolling stock. The first run was on January 7, 1941, and it was discontinued on April 8, 1967. The Zephyr - Rocket ran on Rock Island rails between the Twin Cities and Burlington, Iowa (365.6 miles) and on CB&Q rails between Burlington and Saint Louis (221 miles).
Photo Date:  2/5/1966  Upload Date: 10/11/2009 9:59:49 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 655(E8A)
Views:  717   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 655
Title:  CRI&P E8 655
Description:  CRI&P E8 655, Saint Paul, Minnesota, February 5, 1966, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This is Train 15-201-20, the Zephyr - Rocket, arriving at Saint Paul Union Depot. The switch tender will line the train for a reverse movement into the stub end depot. This train departed daily from Saint Louis, Missouri, at 5:45 PM CST for an overnight run to the Twin Cities as Train 15 on the CB&Q. Upon arrival at Burlington, Iowa at 11:20 PM, it was turned over to the Rock Island, becoming Train 201. I'm not certain where it became Train 20. According to the June 1965 issue of The Official Guide, it spent about 10 minutes at Manly, Iowa, but that might have been for a crew change. It arrived at Saint Paul at 7:55 AM, if it was on time.
Photo Date:  2/5/1966  Upload Date: 10/12/2009 12:40:29 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 655(E8A)
Views:  1011   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 655
Title:  CRI&P E8 655
Description:  CRI&P E8 655, 16th Street, Chicago, Illinois, July 1978, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This is the Quad Cities Rocket, the last passenger train on the Rock Island, not counting the suburban commuter trains. It was discontinued December 31, 1978. The first passenger train arrived in the Quad Cities from Chicago on February 22, 1854. Called "The Rock Island Rocket," it was the first train traveling west to ever reach the Mississippi River. The first railroad bridge constructed over the Mississippi River was completed in Rock Island during 1856 allowing for continued rail service to the western United States. The Rock Island provided passenger service to the Quad Cities for nearly 125 years until 1978. The Quad Cities Rocket is seen here crossing the ICG Saint Charles Air Line at about 16th Street in Chicago, ICG's only direct connection to their entire Iowa Division.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 11/21/2009 10:58:13 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 655(E8A)
Views:  407   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 655
Title:  CRI&P E8 655
Description:  CRI&P E8 655 at Englewood Union Station, Chicago, Illinois, July 1978, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This is the westbound Quad Cities Rocket passing by the Englewood Union Station at 63rd Street in Chicago. By this date no trains stopped at the station, which once saw both the NYC's 20th Century Limited and the PRR's Broadway Limited (among others), in addition to Rock Island's Rockets and the Nickel Plate passenger trains into Chicago. The PRR crossed the Rock Island here (on this date, Conrail tracks), and the NYC left the Rock Island and passed behind the depot. It was possible at one point to see both trains of the NYC and PRR at this depot, and sometimes they would race each other for several miles eastbound after departing this station, which was torn down in 1982.
Photo Date:  7/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/13/2009 1:44:30 PM
Location:  Englewood, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 655(E8A)
Views:  737   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 655
Title:  CRI&P E8 655
Description:  CRI&P E8 655 southbound (timetable westbound) at 33rd Street, Chicago, Illinois, August 1978, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 655 is seen heading the Quad Cities Rocket past the Armour Institute of Technology building, opened in 1893, and later became part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Almost every train that left La Salle Street Station past by this building, including NYC's 20th Century Limited. The Quad Cities Rocket was discontinued December 31, 1978.
Photo Date:  8/1/1978  Upload Date: 10/13/2009 12:05:25 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 655(E8A)
Views:  628   Comments: 3


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