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Chuck Zeiler's Collection
 
9/27/2016
 
 
 
 
 
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 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:  199   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:  1047   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:  507   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:  211   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:  896   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:  660   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:  429   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:  451   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:  380   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:  469   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:  787   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:  186   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:  1749   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:  989   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), 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:  1092   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:  979   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:  581   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:  559   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:  91   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:  918   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:  724   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:  110   Comments: 0
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:  718   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:  499   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:  362   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:  341   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:  298   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:  402   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 647
Title:  CRI&P E8 647
Description:  CRI&P E8 647 on Train #8, The Rocky Mountain Rocket, at Joilet, Illinois, July 11, 1965, photo 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 contols 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, Illinios.
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:  635   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 649
Title:  CRI&P E8 649
Description:  CRI&P E8 649 at 47th street, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. It 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:  600   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:  622   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://www.rockisl.com/Miscellania/iccreport.htm . 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:  787   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:  598   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:  569   Comments: 2
CRI&P E8 653
Title:  CRI&P E8 653
Description:  CRI&P E8 653, Joliet, Illinois, July 11, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This is Train #12, the Peoria Rocket, and if it's on time, it's about 8:09 AM CST (or 9:09 AM locally, Daylight Savings Time). The Rock Island had four Peoria Rockets, two in each direction, departing morning and late afternoon. Number 12 left Peoria daily at 6:00 AM CST, and in addition to chair cars, it also had a Diner and a Parlor Car with Drawing Room. The June 1965 Official Guide notes that the reclining seats in the Chair Cars were reserved and assigned in advance, with a seat reservation charge of 50 cents.
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:  428   Comments: 3
CRI&P E8 653
Title:  CRI&P E8 653
Description:  CRI&P E8 653, Denver, Colorado, August 26, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. According to the June 1965 edition of The Official Guide, this is the Denver section of the Rocky Mountain Rocket backing into Union Staion in preperation 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 is 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:  528   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:  508   Comments: 2
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:  717   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:  624   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:  864   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:  359   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:  657   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:  562   Comments: 3
CRI&P E8 656
Title:  CRI&P E8 656
Description:  CRI&P E8 656 at Eola, Illinois on October 11, 1964, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This is the remains of Rock Island's E8 number 656, struck at about 52 mph by CB&Q's Train Number 3 at Montgomery, Illinois on September 27, 1964. The Rock Island train (combined CRI&P Trains 4 and 10, with 656 leading) was detouring over the CB&Q as a result of a bridge problem on their tracks into Chicago, and was waiting for the CB&Q train to clear. A hand written note was attached to the indicator board in the tower at Montgomery advising the operator of an issue with the switch machine and indicator lights, but it was still possible to set up a clear indication of signals, which were (at the time) not interlocked to the switch machine itself. At the time, Montgomery Tower was mechanically-controled interlocking (via pipes) with separate levers for the signal displays. The remains of the accident were shoved into a track at CB&Q's Eola Reclamation Plant for a couple of weeks while the investigation took place.
Photo Date:  10/11/1964  Upload Date: 3/26/2012 12:25:44 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  CRIP 656(E8A)
Views:  898   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 656
Title:  CRI&P E8 656
Description:  CRI&P E8 656, Eola, Illinois, October 11, 1964, sad photo by Chuck Zeiler. This is the remains of Rock Island's E8 number 656, built in June 1940 as E6 627 (c/n 1063) on EMD Order E305A. It was returned to EMD and rebuilt to E8 656 during December 1953 (EMD Order 8028A). It was the lead locomotive on a detouring Rock Island train which was holding at Montgomery, Illinois on September 27, 1964, when CB&Q Train #3 was mistakenly routed into the standing Rock Island train, causing this unit to leap up over the lead CB&Q E7 on impact. See this address for a complete report on this accident: http://www.rockisl.com/Miscellania/iccreport.htm
Photo Date:  10/11/1964  Upload Date: 10/14/2009 12:15:13 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  CRIP 656(E8A)
Views:  1184   Comments: 0
CRI&P E8 657
Title:  CRI&P E8 657
Description:  CRI&P E8 657, Blue Island, Illinois, October 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. The Rock Island is all but shut down, and some of the locomotives not used by the Kansas City Terminal (the directed operator of the railroad) were stored at Blue Island. Here is E8 657, built as C&NW E7A 5007B in March 1945 (c/n 1966) on EMD Order E536, wrecked on the UP September 1951 at Wyuta, Utah, purchased by the UP and sent to EMD and rebuilt into UP E8 925 on EMD Order 8012. It was sold to the Rock Island in August 1969.
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/14/2009 5:05:17 PM
Location:  Blue Island, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 657(E8A)
Views:  639   Comments: 1
CRI&P E8 660
Title:  CRI&P E8 660
Description:  CRI&P E8 660, a little south of 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, May 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Built as UP E8 937 in April 1953 (c/n 17789) on EMD Order 2052A, it was sold to the Rock Island in May 1969, becoming #660. It is seen in a line of dead E-units just south of the Rocket House, having finished its career as suburban service power, and recently replaced by F40PH's bought by the Regional Transit Authority, which took over the Rock Island's suburban operations.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/15/2009 10:29:45 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 660(E8A)
Views:  467   Comments: 3
CRI&P E9 664
Title:  CRI&P E9 664
Description:  CRI&P E9 664, south of 47th Street, Cicago, Illinois, May 1979, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in February 1956 (c/n 21264) on EMD Order 7524 and was sold to the Rock Island August 1969. It is seen here in a dead line outside the Rocket House, having been replaced by F40PH's. Somewhere it lost its pilot.
Photo Date:  5/1/1979  Upload Date: 10/16/2009 12:28:35 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CRIP 664(E9A)
Views:  304   Comments: 1
CRI&P F7 677
Title:  CRI&P F7 677
Description:  CRI&P F7 677 at La Salle Street Station, Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler
Photo Date:  10/31/1965  Upload Date: 10/16/2009 1:05:35 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 677(F7A)
Views:  532   Comments: 1
CRI&P F7 677
Title:  CRI&P F7 677
Description:  CRI&P F7 677, La Salle Street Station, Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 1965, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Note the UP business car, possibly bringing visiting officials to Chicago for discussions with Rock Island officials. There was a merger plan around this photo date, but it never went through. Number 677 was built in March 1949 (c/n 6141) on EMD Order E975A. Number 751 was built as 1000 horsepower AB6 751 in June 1940 (c/n 1067) on EMC Order E306B, originally containing a baggage section where the second prime mover would have been. This proved to be insufficient to power the Colorado Springs section of the Rocky Mountain Rocket, and it was returned to EMD for installation of a second prime mover. During 1965, the steam generator was replaced with a HEP generator, and it was assigned to suburban service. It was sold for scrap November 1973.
Photo Date:  10/31/1965  Upload Date: 10/17/2009 11:33:40 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  CRIP 677(F7A) CRIP 751(AB6)
Views:  1430   Comments: 2


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