The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was born during the 1850s. From Chicago it reached west to Denver and New Mexico. With expansion it also reached Minneapolis, Memphis and Galveston, an 8,000 mile system operating in 14 States.The Rock Island Technical Society hosts a history of the Rock Island here.
The Union Pacific Railroad won approval to acquire the CRI&P on November 8, 1974. The Rock Island had deteriorated during the preceding 10 year merger case, which resulted in Union Pacific cancelling the merger. This led the Board of Directors to file for bankruptcy on March 17, 1975. Operations came to an end on March 31, 1980, and the Trustee began selling The Rock in pieces.
The following list is a summary of Rock Island routes that remain in service, or have seen service since March 1980. I believe the railroad shut down owning 6,296 route miles, and also had 798 miles of trackage rights, resulting in a total mileage of 7,094. This summary shows 3,800 miles still in operation, or 61% of the final total. There has been a further 1,104 miles of track that have seen operation since March 1980, but are silent now. This leaves 1,393 route miles that were not used after the CRI&P shutdown, including 170 miles across Missouri were the rails are still in place and a slim chance remains of reactivation. In addition to Rock Island rail lines still in operation, there are also 848 miles of other railroads still active where the CRI&P ran using trackage rights.
This three part summary begins with a list of the railroads that are currently running parts of the former Rock Island system. In the second part, I have broken the CRI&P into 8 geographic areas, and described their dispositions since 1980. The final part gives a list of Rock Island's locomotive fleet, and the present owners of the surviving units. If you have any corrections or suggestions to improve this summary, I would be glad to hear from you.
Railroads operating CRI&P trackage-Union Pacific holds almost half of the existing Rock Island trackage (1,856 out of 3,800 miles), while BNSF, Iowa Interstate and the Kyle Railroad also operate significant pieces. The rest is held by an assortment of 24 other railroads. There are 6 more railroads are operating lines which the CRI&P used through trackage rights.
Union Pacific Railroad 1,856 milesWhen the Rock Island's lines became available, UP only acquired 37 miles, from Fairbury to the power plant at Hallam in Nebraska. Union Pacific also operated 42 miles in Kansas and Colorado on a temporary basis, trackage that is now part of the Kyle Railroad. Beginning in 1982, the railroad seemed to embark on a strategy of merger by proxy, swallowing other railroads that had acquired CRI&P routes on their own. First up was the Missouri Pacific, holder of 99 miles of Rock Island trackage in Arkansas, 16 miles of which is still part of Union Pacific. This included theHarahan Bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis, which had been a joint MP, SSW and CRI&P property.During 1988 UP merged the Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and it's subsidiary, the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The OKT had 556 miles from the Rock Island in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Union Pacific now runs on 496 of these miles, from Herington to Fort Worth and Chickasha to Fort Sill.MKT acquired 218 miles of the Choctaw line crossing Oklahoma, from Howe to El Reno. All 218 miles went to Union Pacific when they merged the MKT during 1988. While the Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad now operates half of this trackage, Union Pacific has kept the 25 miles from Oklahoma City to El Reno.When Union Pacific absorbed the Chicago and North Western during 1995, they added 681 miles which had belonged to the CRI&P. This included the Spine Line between the Twin Cities and Kansas City, as well as a network of branchlines in western Iowa. UP is still operating 603 of the route miles from this merger.The year 1996 saw Union Pacific picking up the Golden State route when they acquired Southern Pacific and subsidiary St. Louis Southwestern. This transaction increased UP's former Rock Island mileage by 778, of which 670 miles are still part of the railroad. Union Pacific now has the former Rock Island reaching from South St. Paul to Fort Worth and New Mexico. They already had their own lines reaching Denver from Omaha and Kansas City, while the merger of the Missouri Pacific added lines to St. Louis from Kansas City and Fort Worth to Houston. During 1989 Japonica Partners launched a hostile bid for the C&NW, causing UP to take out an option to buy the Iowa Interstate. Eventually UP decided acquiring the North Western made more sense than getting the IAIS and upgrading the line with CTC and double track.UP also has another 295 miles that were used by the Rock Island through trackage rights.
BNSF Railway 217 milesBNSF has 217 route miles that were a part of the CRI&P. This includes 214 miles between Dallas (Waxahachie) and Houston (Belt Jct) that were jointly owned by the Rock Island and the Burlington. As well, there are also 288 miles in the BNSF system that the Rock Island used through trackage rights.
Iowa Interstate 471 miles Iowa Interstate is the second largest operator of existing Rock Island trackage, running on the Chicago - Omaha mainline from Blue Island to Council Bluffs. They own 389 miles of this line, along with another 82 miles in 5 branches to Oakland, Harlan, Prairie City, Milan,IL and Peoria.
Kyle Railroad 342 milesKyle operators 342 miles in Kansas and Colorado, from Belleville to Limon. They had previously run an additional 66 miles, to Mahaska and Clay Center.
Appanoose County Community Railroad 5 milesThe APNC has 5 miles that were part of the mainline between Chicago and Kansas City. It begins south of Centerville and reaches east to Moulton Jct.
Arkansas Midland 26 milesMissouri Pacific purchased Rock Island trackage in central Arkansas which became part of Union Pacific. Two of these lines were sold by UP when the Arkansas Midland was created. One now runs 7 miles from North Little Rock east to Galloway, while the other reaches 19 miles from Malvern to Hot Springs.
Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad 110 milesThe Arkansas-Oklahoma is presently operating two sections of the former Choctaw line across Oklahoma, which had seen use by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas and Union Pacific. Their eastern segment runs 70 miles from Howe to McAlester, while the other segment runs 40 miles from Shawnee to Oklahoma City.
AT&L Railroad 48 miles PhotosSince 1985, the AT&L has running 31 miles from El Reno to Bridgeport, with a branch 17 miles long from Geary north to Watonga, located in western Oklahoma.
Burlington Junction Railway 2 milesBurlington Junction acquired the 2 mile line running north from Burlington to the Case Plant in eastern Iowa during 1985.
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway 8 milesThe CRandIC owns an 8 mile line in Iowa which stretches from Iowa City south to Hills.
Central Illinois Railroad Company 8 milesThis railroad has an 8 mile former Rock Island line in Illinois which is known as the Kellar Branch, running north from Peoria to Alta. It is owned by the cities of Peoria and Peoria Heights, which are trying to condemn the southern end of this line for a recreational trail.
Central Midland Railway 49 milesCurrently this railroad, recently purchased by Progressive Rail, runs 49 miles between St. Louis and Union.
Chicago Rail Link 12 milesChicago Rail Link operates 12 miles in the Calumet region of south Chicago.From Gresham, these lines run east to South Chicago, and south to Deering and Calumet Harbour.
CSX 56 milesThe mainline running west from Joliet across Illinois for 56 miles to Utica is nowoperated by CSX.
Denver Rock Island Railroad 1 milesThe DRI uses 1 mile of the CRI&P in Denver from Belt Junction to here.
Farmrail 79 miles PhotosA 78 mile stretch of the CRI&P in western Oklahoma between Weatherford and Erick is currently operated by Farmrail. An additional mile is being operated to reach an elevator in Lone Wolf.
Fordyce and Princeton 54 milesThe F&P has a former Rock Island line in southern Arkansas which reaches 54 miles from Fordyce to Withrow Jct, and another 5 miles the CRI&P used with trackage rights to Crossett.
Iowa, Chicago and Eastern 63 milesRegional railroad Iowa, Chicago and Eastern operate 62 miles of the CRI&P from Nahant to Washington, in Iowa. The Milwaukee Road had purchased this portion of the Kansas City line to improve their own line to Kansas City. Also operated is a 1 mile spur from Columbus Junction to this plant. IC&E also has 123 miles of the CMSP&P where the Rock Island ran on through trackage rights.
Iowa Northern Railway 120 milesIANR runs on 120 miles from Cedar Rapids to Manly, which was part of the mainline linking Chicago with the Twin Cities through Iowa.
Iowa Northwestern 21 milesThe Iowa Northwestern has recently operated 21 miles between Superior and Lake Park in northwestern Iowa. Traffic on this line is marginal, and is currently not operating.
Kansas City Southern 26 milesIn Louisiana, 26 miles from Hodge to Winnfield now belong to KCS. The Rock Island also had trackage rights on one mile of the railway's line in Kansas City.
Keokuk Junction Railway 4 milesKJRY have 4 miles along the riverfront through Keokuk in southeast Iowa.
Little Rock and Western Railway 79 milesThe LR&W operate 79 miles of the Choctaw line in Arkansas, from Pulaski to Danville.
Metra 47 milesThis Chicago area Commuter Railroad purchased the Rock Island running from LaSalle Street Station to Joliet, and the Suburban Line from Gresham to Blue Island, a total of 47 miles in Illinois.
Ouachita Railroad 26 milesThe Ouachita has been running the 26 miles from El Dorado to Lille, Louisiana since 1990.
Texas North Western 20 miles PhotosTXNW originaly acquired 126 miles from Liberal, Kansas to Stinnett and Etter, Texas. They are now down to 20 miles between Etter and Capps.
Trinity Railway Express 34 milesCommuter railroad TRE operates the 34 miles linking Fort Worth and Dallas.
Wichita, Tillman and Jackson Railway 16 milesIn Oklahoma, the WT&J operate 16 miles between Waurika and Temple, on a line owned by the State.
Rock Island had trackage rights on these lines-
Canadian PacificCP's former Milwaukee Road line carried Rock Island traffic on 45 miles in Minnesota, from South Minneapolis to Newport and Rosemount to Comus.
Kansas City TerminalKCT was used for 9 miles in the Kansas City area, from Sheffield Jct in Missouri to Armourdale in Kansas.
Kaw River Railroad KRR has a 16 mile former CB&Q line from Kearney to Birmingham in Missouri, last used by the CRI&P in 1945.
Louisiana SouthernIn Louisiana, the 46 mile Kansas City Southern line between Winnfield and Alexandria is being operated by Louisiana Southern.
Tazewell and PeoriaBetween Peoria and Pekin, the CRI&P used 10 miles of rights in Illinois on the Peoria and Pekin Union Railway, which is now the T&P.
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis The CRI&P used 10 miles from Carrie Avenue Yard to Rock Island Jct in Missouri.
Chicago to Omaha
From Chicago, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific reached 493 miles to Omaha. The Mississippi River was spanned by the Rock Island's own bridge, while Union Pacific's bridge was used to cross the Missouri River.The route across Illinois was the busiest part of the system, handling 20 million gross ton-miles during 1964. In contrast, most of the line across Iowa handled only 7 MGT, after routes to Kansas City and the Twin Cities had split off.
Chicago area Commuter Railroad Metra purchased the Rock Island running from LaSalle Street Station to Joliet during December 1982. Also acquired was the Suburban Line, from Gresham to Blue Island, bringing the mileage total to 47.Chicago Rail Link operates 12 miles in the Calumet region of south Chicago.From Gresham, these lines run east to South Chicago, and south to Deering and Calumet Harbour.The mainline running west from Joliet for the next 56 miles to Utica is nowoperated by CSX. The Baltimore and Ohio acquired this line through a long term lease during August 1980.Iowa Interstate has the route between Utica and Council Bluffs, a distance of 394 miles. Five of these miles have been torn up, from East Moline to Rock Island.IAIS have 4 branches made up of former CRI&P track, reaching to Oakland, Harlan (previously to Audubon), Prairie City (previously to Pella), and Milan,IL.Iowa Interstate operates 50 miles to Iowa Jct. in Peoria following the 2006 acquisition of the Lincoln and Southern, bringing their current total of mileage operated to 471.The Chicago and North Western bought the 6 miles from Iowa Jct. to Hollis. Union Pacific currently runs 4 miles of this segment.The last 3 miles from Hollis to Pekin were acquired by the Peoria and Pekin Union, and have been abandoned.Another 8 miles are operated by the Central Illinois Railroad Company, which is known as the Kellar Branch, running north from Peoria to Alta. It is owned by the cities of Peoria and Peoria Heights, which are trying to condemn the southern end of this line for a recreational trail.
The Rock Island also had three segments of trackage rights on other railroads in this area. Included were 3 miles on Union Pacific from Council Bluffs to Omaha. Between Peoria and Pekin, the CRI&P used 10 miles of rights on the Peoria and Pekin Union Railway, which is now the Tazewell and Peoria.Just east of the Quad Cities, Rock Island used 10 miles of Burlington Northern which is still in use by BNSF Railway. This segment connects Colona and Orion, and was used as part of a branch to La Fayette, which previously ran down to Peoria.
The CRI&P owned 682 route miles between Chicago and Omaha (including a few branches) when it ceased operations during March 1980. Still in use are 598 miles (88%), while another 53 miles have seen use since the shutdown. Trackage rights were exercised on 23 miles belonging to other railroads, all of which continues to operate.Currently the CSX operated portion between Joliet and Ottawa sees over 5 MGT, while the remainer of the trackage handles less tonnage.
Iowa Interstate 471 milesCSX i 56 milesMetra 47 milesChicago Rail Link 12 milesCentral Illinois Railroad Company 8 milesUnion Pacific 4 miles
Other Eastern Iowa Lines
The CRI&P crossed the Mississippi River and entered Iowa at Davenport, one of the Quad Cities. From there, the mainline headed west through West Liberty and Des Moines, and crossed the Missouri into Omaha. From Davenport, a 169 mile line ran SW to join the Spine Line at Allerton. This was the middle section of a Chicago to Kansas City route, and carried 8 GMT during 1964.A second key line ran north from Burlington, crossed the Chicago - Omaha main in West Liberty, and joined the Spine Line in Manly, near the Minnesota border. The 164 miles between West Liberty and Manly formed the middle section of the Chicago - Twin Cities line, and carried 6 GMT during 1964.
Iowa Northern Railway picked up 127 miles from Cedar Rapids through Vinton and Waterloo to Manly. To this an additional 15 miles were added, from Vinton to Dysart, part of a line to Iowa Falls. Six miles between Waterloo and Cedar Falls were abandoned in the 1980s due to highway construction, while the branch to Dysart was abandoned in the 1990s.The 58 miles between Dysart and Iowa Falls were leased during 1980 and 1981 by the Keota and Washington Railroad before abandonment.Chicago and North Western added 4 miles in Cedar Rapids after 1980. Union Pacific still runs some of this trackage on the south side of Downtown.The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway runs on 8 miles from Iowa City south to Hills.Burlington Northern acquired 2 miles running north from Burlington to the Case Plant. This line has been operated by the Burlington Junction Railway since 1985.The Milwaukee Road improved their Kansas City line by purchasing 62 miles of the CRI&P from Nahant to Washington, and also picked up the Rock Island's trackage rights on the DRI&NW to Clinton. The line between Washington and Clinton through Nahant is now part of the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern. Also operated by the IC&E is a 1 mile spur from Columbus Junction to this plant.From Washington to Keota, the Kewash Railroad ran 16 miles. This was abandoned at the end of 1988.Appanoose County Community Railroad has 5 miles that were part of the mainline between Chicago and Kansas City. It begins south of Centerville and reaches east to Moulton Jct.Keokuk Junction Railway has 4 miles along the riverfront in Keokuk in the lower east corner of Iowa.
The Rock Island had three lines in this area which used trackage rights over other carriers. For 40 miles between Davenport and Clinton, the Milwaukee Road and the DRI&NW were utilized. This stretch of tracks is presently being operated by the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern.Keokuk was reached from Burlington over 43 miles of the Burlington Northern, now BNSF Railway.A 6 mile piece of the Chicago and North Western was also used. From Beacon to Eddyville, it is now run by Union Pacific Railroad.
Out of the combined total of 606 routes miles owned by the CRI&P in these lines through eastern Iowa, 203 miles (33%) are still in use. Of the remaining 403, 59 of those miles did see post March 1980 use, and all of the 89 miles where the CRI&P had trackage rights are still being operated.
Iowa Northern Railway 120 milesIowa, Chicago and Eastern i 63 milesCedar Rapids and Iowa City 8 milesAppanoose County Community 5 milesKeokuk Junction Railway i 4 milesBurlington Junction Railway 2 milesUnion Pacific Railroad i 1 mile
The Spine Line, and Bow and Arrow Country
One of the Rock Island's most coveted lines connected the Twin Cities with Kansas City. North of Manly,IA, it also served as part of the Chicago-Twin Cities route, and carried 8 million gross tons during 1964. South of Allerton,IA, it also was part of the Chicago-Kansas City route, with 13 MGT during 1964. Traffic was lighter in the central part, at 5 MGT. The CRI&P branches west of the Spine Line, north of Des Moines, serves some of America's best farmland. The Spine Line is currently handling between 20 and 40 MGT under Union Pacific ownership.
The Chicago and North Western won a bidding war with the Soo Line, and acquired 769 miles of track and 69 miles of trackage rights for $93 million during June 1983. From the north end in South St. Paul to Sheffield Jct in Kansas City the distance is 463 miles. This included 27 miles of trackage rights on the CMSP&P from Rosemount to Comus, 20 miles on C&NW (ex M&StL and CGW) from Northwood to Mason City, and 1 mile over KCS between Airline Jct. and Sheffield Jct. C&NW did not need the Rock Island bridge crossing the Mississippi at Newport as they owned the three bridges crossing into St. Paul.The Bow and Arrow branches picked up by the C&NW totaled 354 miles, and 41 miles of rights to Hartley. These connected Bricelyn with Sibley, Dows with Estherville, Iowa Falls with Thompson, Hayfield Jct. with Woden, Palmer with Royal and Carlisle with Indianola.Union Pacific continues to use the Spine Line today, along with 183 miles of the branches. These run between Bricelyn and Superior, Goldfield and Estherville, Clarion and Dows, Iowa Falls and Alden, and Belmond and Forest City, along with the rights to Hartley. The Iowa Northwestern has recently operated 21 miles between Superior and Lake Park. Traffic on this line is marginal, and is currently not operating.The Rock Island's original route to Kansas passed through St. Joseph, north of Kansas City. The Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad operated the Topeka to St. Joseph line for a spell during 1980 and 1981. ATSF had rights on the 16 miles between Winthrop and St. Joseph, which they acquired. BNSF still uses 3 miles, between Winthrop and Rushville, as well as the swingbridge over the Missouri River into Atchison.
This region of the Rock Island included a total of 208 route miles where trackage rights were exercised over other railroads. Currently 196 miles of these lines are still in use-Canadian Pacific, 18 miles ex CMSP&P, South Minneapolis to NewportCanadian Pacific, 27 miles ex CMSP&P, Rosemount to ComusUnion Pacific Railroad, 20 miles ex C&NW, Northwood to Mason CityIowa, Chicago and Eastern, 41 miles ex CMSP&P, Emmetsburg to Hartley Iowa, Chicago and Eastern, 42 miles ex CMSP&P, Polo to Airline Jct.Kansas City Southern, 1 mile, Airline Jct. to Sheffield Jct.Union Pacific Railroad, 4 miles, St. Joseph to ElwoodBNSF Railway, 41 miles, Armour to Bridge Jct.Kansas City Terminal, 2 miles, Bridge Jct. to West Bluff Jct.Until 1976, rights were also exercised over the C&NW between West Des Moines and Gowrie. Union Pacific is still using 28 miles at the ends of this route, from West Des Moines to Waukee and Grand Jct. to Gowrie.And until 1945, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy was used for 54 miles between Cameron and Kansas City, of which 26 miles are still in use. The Kaw River Railroad has 16 miles from Kearney to Birmingham while BNSF Railway has 10 miles from Birmingham to Kansas City.
Between the Twin Cities and Kansas City, and with related branch lines, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific owned 954 route miles. Out of this total, 622 (65%) route miles are still in use. Another 243 miles did see use by other carriers which have since been abandoned.
Union Pacific Railroad i 598 milesIowa Northwestern Railroad 21 milesBNSF Railway 3 miles
Missouri River to Colorado
The Rock Island line to Denver and Colorado Springs from Omaha and Kansas City came together at Belleville, KS, and then split at Limon, CO. The route to Denver included 89 miles of trackage rights on Union Pacific from Limon, and the line between Kansas City and Alma was shared with the Golden State Route. During 1964 7 GMT were carried between Belleville and Limon.
Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, Cadillac & Lake City and the Wabash Valley operated parts of the former Rock Island in northern Kansas until 1982, when fourteen Counties banded together to buy the track. The Kyle Railroad took over as operator, and they still run 342 miles from Belleville to Limon.Four miles of the CRI&P in Denver remain. Union Pacific runs 3 miles from Utah Jct. east to Belt Junction, and the other mile east from there to here are run by the Denver Rock Island Railroad.On the Limon-Colorado Springs line, the Cadillac and Lake City ran a total of 44 miles from either end, although that has come to an end. Five miles running east from Roswell then went to the D&RGW, of which Union Pacific uses 2 miles from Roswell to Templeton Gap Road.From Belleville southeast to the Golden State Route in McFarland, 84 of the 104 miles did see operation by the Kyle Railroad and the Wabash Valley, but it is all silent now.Union Pacific picked up 37 miles of the Belleville-Omaha line, from Fairbury to the power plant at Hallam in Nebraska.
Trackage rights were in place over the Union Pacific from Omaha to South Omaha, and Limon to Denver, a total of 94 miles.
The CRI&P had 734 route miles linking Omaha, McFarland, Denver and Colorado Springs, of which 385 (52%) remain in service. An additional 149 miles did see service after the shutdown, while 94 of the 97 miles which the Rock Island had trackage rights on are still in service.
Kyle Railroad i 342 milesUnion Pacific Railroad 42 milesDenver Rock Island Railroad i 1 mile
The Golden State Route
Stretching 669 miles from Kansas City to Santa Rosa, NM, this line was busiest near Kansas City and tailed off as other lines diverged. During 1964 15 MGT were carried east of Herington, where the Gulf route branched off, but only 6 MGT to the west. The St. Louis line carried 3 MGT. Trackage rights over Kansas City Terminal and Union Pacific were utilized between Sheffield Jct in Kansas City and Topeka.Traffic has increased since 1980, and the Golden State route now handles between 20 and 40 MGT for Union Pacific.
SP's St. Louis Southwestern acquired the 545 miles from Topeka to Tucumcari,NM, while Southern Pacific purchased the last 59 miles to Santa Rosa. SP had been operating this piece through a long term lease. This aquisition, including the St. Louis line, went through on October 20, 1980. Also included was the 27 mile branch from Bucklin to Dodge City, KS. Union Pacific now runs the mainline while the Boothill & Western was the last operator of the Dodge City branch.The Texas North Western took 126 miles from Liberal, KS, to Stinnett and Etter, TX. TNW is now down to 20 miles between Etter and Capps, TX.CRI&P had trackage rights over 65 miles of the ATSF to reach Amarillo from Etter, and a 3 mile spur at Amarillo which the FW&D (BN) operated during the 1980s.
St. Louis Line
The St. Louis line started with trackage rights from Sheffield Jct to Leeds Jct, and then the RI had 278 miles of track to Rock Island Jct, MO, followed by more trackage rights into St. Louis. Although the SSW acquired the entire St. Louis line, they only operated the 83 miles east Owensville, principally to serve the power plant at Labadie. Trackage rights gained from the Union Pacific-Missouri Pacific merger allowed the St Louis Southwestern to avoid the high cost of placing the rest back in service. Currently the Central Midland Railway runs 49 miles between St. Louis and Union. I believe Union Pacific used 25 miles on the west end for a few years between Leeds Jct. and Pleasant Hill for additional capacity.Four of the five tunnels on the Rock Island were on this line, at Freeburg, Argyle, Eugene and Vale.
From St. Louis to Texas, there were 150 miles of railroad that the CRI&P exercised trackage rights on, and all of it is still in service.The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis was used for 10 miles from Carrie Avenue Yard to Rock Island Jct.BNSF Railway was used for 3 miles, from Leeds Jct. to Sheffield Jct, and then Kansas City Terminal for 7 miles to Armourdale.The next 65 miles from Armourdale to Topeka were on the Union Pacific.To reach Amarillo from Etter, the 65 mile ATSF route is now a part of BNSF.
Of the 1,039 miles in these two sections, 674 (65%) is still in use, while a further 195 miles of line saw some use after March 1980.
Union Pacific Railroad 605 milesCentral Midland Railway l 49 milesTexas North Western n 20 miles
Kansas to the Gulf
The Rock Island's route to the Gulf of Mexico split from the Golden State Route at Herington, Kansas. The line passed through Wichita, El Reno and Fort Worth to reach Dallas. El Reno was the junction with the Choctaw Route, which linked Memphis with New Mexico. From Dallas, trackage rights were used on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas to reach Waxahachie. Waxahachie and Houston were connected with the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad, jointly owned by the CRI&P and Burlington Northern. The final piece of the route consisted of trackage rights over the ATSF from Houston to Galveston. During 1964 the Herington to Fort Worth segment carried about 9 million gross tons, while south of Dallas it was 3 MGT. The line from Kansas to Fort Worth is now handling 10 to 20 MGT a year for Union Pacific.
The Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad was set up as a subsidiary to acquire the 474 mile line from Herington to Dallas. OKT also took 28 miles north of Herington to Abilene, and 23 miles of RI trackage rights over Union Pacific to Salina. The OKT also assumed a 96 mile line between Chickasha through Lawton to Waurika. Union Pacific now runs Herington to Fort Worth and Chickasha to Fort Sill, 496 miles. The Wichita, Tillman and Jackson Railway assumed 24 miles between Waurika and Walters, on a line owned by the State. Currently they only run to Temple, 16 miles from Waurika.Another branch in Oklahoma included the 79 mile Anadarko-Mangum line, run by North Central Oklahoma Railway until 1985. One mile of this line at Lone Wolf is operated by Farmrail.Enid Central had 55 miles between Enid and Ponca City during the early 1980s. West of Enid, the Rock Island used 40 miles of trackage rights on Burlington Northern to reach Augusta, from where a 32 mile branch went to Alva.Trinity Railway Express operates the 34 miles linking Fort Worth and Dallas.BNSF Railway now owns the 29 mile MKT line between Dallas and Waxahachie, as well as the 214 mile former joint line from Waxahachie to Belt Jct, Houston.The Great Southwest Railroad was jointly owned by the CRI&P and Missouri Pacific, and was between Dallas and Fort Worth. Its mainline reached 8 miles from theRock Island line to the north and the MP line to the south, and it has been merged into Union Pacific.
The CRI&P had 150 miles of trackage rights in this territory, all of which remains in use. Union Pacific still uses the 23 miles linking Abilene and Salina.BNSF Railway operates the 40 mile former BN line between Enid and Augusta, and the 29 mile ex MKT line between Dallas and Waxahachie.South of Belt Jct, 10 miles of the Houston Belt and Terminal was used to reach T&NO Jct, which is now part of Union Pacific.The rest of this route used ATSF's 48 mile line linking T&NO Jct with Galveston, currently owned by BNSF Railway.
Out of 982 miles owned, or jointly owned by the CRI&P, 765 miles (79%) are still in use. Of the remaining 217, 186 of those miles did see activity since 1980.
Union Pacific Railroad 500 milesBNSF Railway l 214 milesTrinity Railway Express l i 34 milesWichita, Tillman and Jackson 16 milesFarmrail 1 mile
The Choctaw Route
The Choctaw Route reached from Memphis, Tennessee to Tucumcari, New Mexico. This 874 mile line was completed on May 9, 1910, except for the Harahan Bridge over the Mississippi, which was completed on July 14, 1916. El Reno, OK, near the mid-point of the line, connected with the rest of the system through the Kansas to Texas line. During 1964, the eastern half saw roughly 6 million gross ton-miles, about triple the amount on the western half.
The CRI&P, Missouri Pacific and the St. Louis Southwestern jointly owned the Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company, and Harahan Bridge, linking Memphis with Briark, AR, now under the sole ownership of Union Pacific.The St. Louis Southwestern acquired the 65 miles between Briark and their mainline at Brinkley. SSW had run over this line via trackage rights to reach Memphis, and it is still in use by Union Pacific.From Mesa, the CRI&P had branches 13 miles north to Des Arc and 21 miles south to Stuttgart, where the St. Louis Southwestern purchased 2 miles of track. Missouri Pacific purchased 54 miles from Hazen through Little Rock to Pulaski. Today the Arkansas Midland uses 7 miles of the Choctaw from North Little Rock east to Galloway. Union Pacific also operates 7 miles, from near the south end of theArkansas River Bridge through Biddle Yard to Pulaski.The Little Rock and Western Railway took the next 44 miles from Pulaski to Perry, while Continental Can got the 35 miles from there to Danville, AR. These 79 miles are now run by the LR&W.The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad acquired 218 miles across Oklahoma. MKT itself operated the line from the KCS crossing in Howe to Council, while subsidiary Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas assumed the Council to El Reno section. All 218 miles went to Union Pacific when they merged the MKT during 1988. The Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad now operates most of this trackage. Their eastern segment runs 70 miles from Howe to McAlester. The other segment runs 40 miles from Shawnee to Oklahoma City. Union Pacific continues to use the 25 miles from Oklahoma City to El Reno.To the west of the mainline between Kansas and the Gulf, the State of Oklahoma purchased the Choctaw Route as it headed towards Amarillo. The North Central Oklahoma Railroad began operating part of this segment at first. During 1985 the AT&L Railroad started up, running 31 miles from El Reno to Bridgeport, with a branch 17 miles long from Geary north to Watonga. This branch continued another 21 miles to Okeene, where BN acquired a section of line.Twenty miles to the west of Bridgeport is Weatherford, from where Farmrail runs 78 miles to Erick, OK.BN's Fort Worth and Denver leased 13 miles, running from Amarillo west to Bushland. Track Tech took over during 1996, and put the line up for abandonment in 1997.
The mainline and the short branchlines added up to 946 miles when the Rock shut down. Still in operation are 423 miles, 45% of the 1980 total. An additional 139 miles of line saw use after March 1980.
Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad i 110 milesUnion Pacific Railroad 101 milesLittle Rock and Western Railway 79 milesFarmrail 78 milesAT&L Railroad i 48 milesArkansas Midland Railroad 7 miles
The Little Rock
The Little Rock was created as an internal shortline on August 31, 1977. It was hoped that local management, given the freedom to make decisions, could match the advantages of shortlines. This included control over train scheduling, car supply, freight rates and divisions, and labor relations. Assigned to the entity were 23 locomotives and sufficient rolling stock. Trackage ran from Biddle Yard, on the south side of Little Rock, to Eunice, LA, 332 miles. Branches in southern Arkansas added another 140 miles, and there was the 16 mile subsidiary Warren and Ouachita Valley Railroad. One early decision made was to abandon the line south of Alexandria, LA.
Southern Pacific's St. Louis Southwestern gave the Memphis-Little Rock-Eunice route a good look during 1979 and 1980, planning on a shortcut between southern Louisiana and Memphis. A complete rebuilding would have taken place, perhaps including CTC.
Missouri Pacific purchased the first 5 miles of north end, from Brittain toHot Springs Junction, still in use by Union Pacific. MP also picked up the 23 mile Hot Springs line from Malvern they had trackage rights on, along with an adjoining (and now abandoned) 13 mile line linking Haskell with Butterfield. The Arkansas Midland has been operating 19 miles of the Malvern to Hot Springs line since 1992.The Fordyce and Princeton also has a former Rock Island line in southern Arkansas. This reaches 54 miles from Fordyce to Withrow Jct, and another 5 miles of trackage rights to Crossett.The next section to retain service reached 56 miles from El Dorado, AR, to Ruston, LA. The first operator was the South Central Arkansas Railroad. The East Camden and Highland took over the 26 miles from El Dorado to Lille, LA, in 1983, and theOuachita Railroad has been running it since 1990.The southern end of the Little Rock was picked up by the Central Louisiana and Gulf, 26 miles from Hodge to Winnfield, and 46 miles of trackage rights from Winnfield to Alexandria, rights the CRI&P had held over Kansas City Southern. The CL&G was acquired by MidSouth Rail during 1987, and was renamed MidLouisiana Rail. Kansas City Southern now operates the Hodge-Winnfield line.
Other lines remain in use that the Rock Island ran over through trackage rights. In Arkansas, this includes 30 miles of Union Pacific (ex SSW) between Fordyce and Camden.The 5 mile line between Withrow Jct and Crossett, which had been part of the Ashley, Drew and Northern, is now owned by the Fordyce and Princeton.And in Louisiana, the 46 mile KCS line between Winnfield and Alexandria is now operated by the Louisiana Southern.The Rock Island traveled south from Alexandria to Eunice until 1977. Part of this route used 12 miles of the Missouri Pacific from Alexandria to Lamourie. Union Pacific now owns this segment.
The Little Rock consisted of 353 route miles when it shut down at the end of March 1980. Still in use are 130 miles (37%), while another 80 miles did see use by other carriers before being abandoned after 1980. There are also 93 miles still active on which the CRI&P had trackage rights on.
Fordyce and Princeton Railroad 54 milesKansas City Southern i 26 milesOuachita Railroad 26 milesArkansas Midland Railroad i 19 milesUnion Pacific Railroad m 5 miles
LocomotivesThe following is a list of the Rock Island's motive power during early 1980, with links to photographs of the locomotives. Quite a few of these engines remain in use today, and links are also provided to their present identities.
RI Slug 53-55 3 unitsRI 53 RI 54 RI 55
EMD F40PH-2 100-115 16 unitsThese locomotives were purchased by the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority during 1977 to handle the Rock Island's commuter trains. All are still in service with Metra.RTA100 now Metra100 RTA101 now Metra101 RTA102 now Metra102RTA103 now Metra103 RTA104 now Metra104 RTA105 now Metra105RTA106 now Metra106 RTA 107 now Metra107 RTA108 now Metra108RTA109 now Metra109 RTA110 now Metra110 RTA111 now Metra111RTA112 now Metra112 RTA113 now Metra113 RTA114 now Metra114RTA115 now Metra115
GE U33B 190-199 10 unitsRI 190 RI 191 RI 192 RI 193 RI 194 RI 195RI 196 RI 197 RI 198 RI 199
GE U25B 202-238 30 units 202 to 224 went to Chrome Crankshaft, while 225 to 238 went to Maine Central, keeping the same numbers.RI 202 RI 204 RI 205 RI 206 RI 209 RI 211RI 213 RI 214 RI 215 RI 216 RI 217 RI 218RI 219 RI 220 RI 223 RI 224 RI 225 RI 226RI 227 RI 228 RI 229 RI 230 RI 231 RI 232RI 233 RI 234 RI 235 RI 236 RI 237 RI 238
GE U28B 240-281 42 units240 to 261 went to Chrome Crankshaft, with 7 units going to Transkentucky Transportation, as 242-261. 262 to 281 were owned by Union Pacific, and were renumbered 500 to 519. RI 240 RI 241 RI 242 now TTI 242RI 243 RI 244 RI 245RI 246 RI 247 RI 248 RI 249 RI 250 RI 251RI 252 RI 253 RI 254 RI 255 RI 256 RI 257RI 258 RI 259 RI 260RI 261 now TTI 261 RI 262 RI 263RI 264 RI 265 RI 266 RI 267 RI 268 RI 269RI 270 RI 271 RI 272 RI 273 RI 274 RI 275RI 276 RI 277 RI 278 RI 279 RI 280 RI 281
RI Slug 282-284 3 unitsRI 282 RI 283 RI 284
GE U33B 285-299 15 unitsRI 285 RI 286 RI 287 RI 288 RI 289 RI 290RI 291 RI 292 RI 293 RI 294 RI 295 RI 296RI 297 RI 298 RI 299
EMD GP35 300-333 32 units RI 300 RI 301 RI 302 RI 303 RI 304 RI 305RI 307 RI 308 RI 309 RI 311 RI 312 RI 313RI 314 RI 315 RI 316 RI 317 RI 318 RI 319RI 320 RI 321 RI 322 RI 323 RI 324 RI 325RI 326 RI 327 RI 328 RI 329 RI 330 RI 331RI 332 RI 333
EMD GP40 340-396 47 units340-373 were financed by Union Pacific and became UP 600-630. RI 340 now NCRC 4204 RI 341 RI 342RI 343 now QGRY 3800 RI 344 now MNCR4186 RI 345RI 346 now NJT 4140 RI 347 RI 348 now DME4003RI 349 RI 350 now MNCR4184 RI 351 Fepasa 2353RI 352 now MNCR4185 RI 353 RI 354 now NJT 4144RI 355 now MNCR4187 RI 356 RI 357RI 358 RI 359 RI 361 now NJT 4143RI 362 RI 363 RI 364 now DME4004RI 365 RI 366 RI 367RI 368 now MNCR4189 RI 369 RI 371RI 372 now MNCR4188 RI 373 RI 382RI 383 RI 384 now NJT 4138 RI 385RI 386 RI 387 RI 388RI 389 now NJT 4139 RI 390 RI 391RI 392 RI 393 RI 394RI 395 RI 396
Alco C415 415-424 10 units420-425 were financed by Union Pacific and were returned to UP and put up for sale.RI 415 RI 416 RI 417 RI 418 RI 419 RI 420RI 421 now PLM 421 RI 422 RI 423 RI 424
EMD GP7 435-440 5 units RI 435 RI 437 RI 438 RI 439 RI 440
EMD SW1 530-546 10 units RI 530 RI 533 RI 535 RI 537 RI 540 RI 541RI 542 RI 543 RI 545 RI 546
EMD SW900 550-563 13 units550 is now CORX 988 RI 550 RI 551 RI 552 RI 553 RI 554 RI 555RI 556 RI 557 RI 558 RI 559 RI 561 RI 562RI 563
EMD NW2 765-774 10 unitsRI 771 is now GVSR 771RI 765 RI 766 RI 767 RI 768 RI 769 RI 770RI 771 RI 772 RI 773 RI 774
EMD SW9 775-779 5 units RI 775 RI 776 RI 777 RI 778 RI 779
EMD SW900 780 1 unit RI 780
EMD NW2 795-797 3 units RI 795 RI 796 RI 797
EMD SW8 811-840 30 units RI 811 RI 812 RI 813RI 814 RI 815 RI 816RI 817 RI 818 RI 819RI 820 RI 821 RI 822RI 823 RI 824 RI 825RI 826 RI 827 RI 828RI 829 RI 830 RI 831 now CORX 990RI 832 now CORX 989 RI 833 RI 834RI 835 RI 836 RI 837RI 838 RI 839 now CORX 991 RI 840
EMD SW900 900-915 15 units RI 900 RI 902 RI 903RI 904 now L&C 92 RI 905 RI 906RI 907 RI 908 RI 909RI 910 RI 911 now GMTX 503 RI 912RI 913 RI 914 RI 915 now P&T 915
EMD SW1200 920-936 17 unitsRI 926 is now OLB 47, with a Cat engine. RI 920 RI 921 RI 922 RI 923 RI 924 RI 925RI 926 RI 927 RI 928 RI 929 RI 930 RI 931RI 932 RI 933 RI 934 RI 935 RI 936
EMD SW1500 940-949 10 units RI 940 RI 941 now FP 1504 RI 942 now? NREX942RI 943 now HLCX1515 RI 944 RI 945 now HLCX1516RI 946 RI 947 RI 948RI 949 now HLCX1518
EMD GP7 1201-1267 4 units RI 1201 RI 1226 RI 1252 RI 1267
EMD GP9 1321-1332 6 units RI 1321 RI 1325 RI 1326 RI 1327 RI 1331 RI 1332
EMD GP18 1333-1353 21 units RI 1333 now CALA 100 RI 1334 RI 1335RI 1336 RI 1337 now FWC1337 RI 1338 now TWRY1338RI 1339 RI 1340 RI 1341 now NEGS 503RI 1342 now TWRY1342 RI 1343 now CCT1790 RI 1344RI 1345 now GC 3602 RI 1346 now CRL 15 RI 1347 now TWRY1347RI 1348 now IMCX 36 RI 1349 RI 1350RI 1351 RI 1352 RI 1353 now FCEN 59
EMD GP40 3000-3006 7 unitsAfter upgrading to dash 2 standards, these became GO Transit 720-726. They were traded in and were then EMDL 200-206, and then LLPX 3203-3211.RI 3000 now PNWR3004 RI 3001 now PNWR3007 RI 3002 now PNWR3006RI 3003 now LLPX 3207 RI 3004 now PNWR3003 RI 3005 now PNWR3005RI 3006 now LLPX 3206
EMD GP38-2 4300-4351 52 unitsThe leases on 4300-4351 were assumed by Missouri Pacific and they were renumbered MP 2238-2289, and then they became Union Pacific 738-789. These locomotives are now coming off leases, and going into the GMTX lease fleet.RI 4300 GMTX2110 RI 4301 GMTX 2111 RI 4302 GMTX2112RI 4303 GMTX2113 RI 4304 GMTX2114 RI 4305 GMTX 2115RI 4306 GMTX 2116 RI 4307k GMTX 2117 RI 4308 GMTX2118RI 4309 GMTX2119 RI 4310 GMTX2120 RI 4311 i GMTX2121RI 4312 GMTX 2122 RI 4313 GMTX 2123 RI 4314 i GMTX2124RI 4315 GMTX2125 RI 4316 GMTX2126 RI 4317 GMTX 2127RI 4318 GMTX2128 RI 4319 GMTX2129 RI 4320 GMTX2130RI 4321 GMTX2131 RI 4322 GMTX 3132 RI 4323 iGMTX 2161RI 4324 GMTX2133 RI 4325 i GMTX 2134 RI 4326 i GMTX 2135RI 4327 GMTX 2136 RI 4328 i GMTX 2137 RI 4329 i GMTX2138RI 4330 GMTX 2139 RI 4331 i GMTX2140 i RI 4332 GMTX2141RI 4333 GMTX2142 RI 4334 i GMTX 2143 RI 4335 GMTX 2144RI 4336 GMTX 2145 RI 4337 iGMTX 2146 RI 4338 GMTX 2147RI 4339 GMTX 2148 RI 4340 iGMTX 2149 RI 4341 GMTX 2150RI 4342 GMTX2151 RI 4343 GMTX2152 i RI 4344 GMTX2153RI 4345 GMTX2154 RI 4346 GMTX 2155 RI 4347 GMTX 2156RI 4348 GMTX2157 RI 4349 GMTX2158 i RI 4350 GMTX2159RI 4351 GMTX2160
EMD GP38-2 4352-4355 4 unitsThese 4 locomotives were owned, not leased, by the CRI&P, and were purchased by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie, as 2057-2060. From there they went to the Huron and Eastern. The HESR numbered them 201-203, and now they are 3865-3868.RI 4352 now HESR 3865 RI 4353 now HESR 3866RI 4354 now HESR 3867 RI 4355 now HESR 3868
EMD GP38-2 4368-4379 12 unitsThese were the last units acquired by the Rock, and their leases were assumed by Grand Trunk Western, becoming 5850-5861.RI 4368 now GTW 5850 RI 4369 now GTW 5851 RI 4370 now GTW 5852RI 4371 now GTW 5853 RI 4372 now GTW 5854 RI 4373 now GTW 5855RI 4374 now GTW 5856 RI 4375 now GTW 5857 RI 4376 now GTW 5858RI 4377 now GTW 5859 RI 4378 now GTW 5860 RI 4379 now GTW 5861
EMD GP38-2 XXXX-XXXX 35 unitsThe Rock Island ordered these during 1979, however they went to the Chicago and North Western instead, as 4600-4634.
EMD GP18M 4421-4423 3 unitsThese three went to the Copper Basin Railway in Arizona.RI 4421 now CBRY 201 RI 4422 now CBRY 203 RI 4423 now CBRY 202
EMD GP7 4424 1 unitChrome Crankshaft picked up this unit, which became CR&IC 97.RI 4424 now IAIS 400
EMD GP7 4425-4478 54 unitsThese became Chicago and North Western 4100 to 4153.RI 4425 RI 4426 RI 4427 now DAIR 25RI 4428 RI 4429 RI 4430 now DBGX4105RI 4431 RI 4432 RI 4433RI 4434 RI 4435 RI 4436RI 4437 RI 4438 RI 4439RI 4440 RI 4441 RI 4442RI 4443 RI 4444 RI 4445RI 4446 RI 4447 RI 4448RI 4449 RI 4450 now ECRX4125 RI 4451RI 4452 RI 4453 now AKDN 4128 RI 4454RI 4455 RI 4456 RI 4457RI 4458 RI 4459 RI 4460RI 4461 RI 4462 RI 4463RI 4464 RI 4465 RI 4466RI 4467 RI 4468 RI 4469RI 4470 RI 4471 now BMC 4146 RI 4472RI 4473 RI 4474 now NRI 49 RI 4475RI 4476 RI 4477 RI 4478
EMD GP9 4479-4493 15 units4479-4488 became C&NW 4550 to 4559, while WSOR got 4490, 4492 and 4493.4484 is now SRY 128 RI 4479 RI 4480 RI 4481 RI 4482 RI 4483 RI 4484RI 4485 RI 4486 RI 4487 RI 4488 RI 4489 RI 4490RI 4491 RI 4492 RI 4493
EMD GP7 4500-4555 56 unitsChicago and North Western picked up these Geeps, and numbered them 4154 to 4209. RI 4500 RI 4501 RI 4502 now RSSX4156RI 4503 RI 4504 RI 4505RI 4506 RI 4507 RI 4508RI 4509 RI 4510 now HOS 467 ? RI 4511RI 4512 RI 4513 RI 4514RI 4515 RI 4516 RI 4517RI 4518 RI 4519 RI 4520 now NBER4174RI 4521 RI 4522 RI 4523RI 4524 now AKDN4178 RI 4525 RI 4526 now RSSX4180RI 4527 RI 4528 now DAIR 25 RI 4529RI 4530 RI 4531 RI 4532RI 4533 RI 4534 RI 4535RI 4536 RI 4537 now NKCR4191 RI 4538RI 4539 RI 4540 RI 4541RI 4542 RI 4543 RI 4544 now BRAN4198RI 4545 now DAIR 26 RI 4546 RI 4547RI 4548 now DBGX4202 RI 4549 RI 4550RI 4551 RI 4552 RI 4553RI 4554 RI 4555
GE U30C 4582-4599 18 units RI 4582 RI 4583 RI 4584 RI 4585 RI 4586 RI 4587RI 4588 RI 4589 RI 4590 RI 4591 RI 4592 RI 4593RI 4594 RI 4595 RI 4596 RI 4597 RI 4598 RI 4599
EMD GP40 4700-4719 20 unitsThis group was financed by Union Pacific, and became 631-648.RI 4700 now DME4005 RI 4701 now MNA4013 RI 4702 RI 4703 RI 4704 RI 4705 now MNA4014RI 4706 now UP 1033 RI 4707 RI 4708 RI 4709 now MNA4015 RI 4710 RI 4711 now MNA4012RI 4712 now DME4002 RI 4713 RI 4714 now MNA4044RI 4715 now NJT4141 RI 4716 RI 4717RI 4718 RI 4719
EMD SD40-2 4790-4799 10 units Illinois Central Gulf purchased these, and they became 6040-6049. They moved on to EMD Leasing, with the same numbers.RI 4790 now NSMX 655 RI 4791 now NSMX 656 RI 4792 now WSOR4006RI 4793 now WSOR4005 RI 4794 now OCHR4023 RI 4795 now WSOR4002RI 4796 now WSOR4003 RI 4797 now WSOR4004 RI 4798 now NSMX 657RI 4799 now WSOR4001
EMD SW1 4800-4804 4 units RI 4800 RI 4801 now Metra 1 RI 4802 RI 4804 now Metra 2
EMD NW2 4900-4909 10 units RI 4900 RI 4901 RI 4902 RI 4903 RI 4904RI 4905 RI 4906 RI 4907 RI 4908 RI 4909
Sourceshttp://faculty.simpson.edu/RITS/www/ http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.aspx?id=CRIPhttp://www.rr-fallenflags.org/ri/ri.htmlhttp://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/indexri.htmhttp://www.photosbystevenjbrown.com/archive/cri&p/therock.htmlhttp://www.locophotos.com/ http://utahrails.net/up/up-diesel-index.phphttp://www.thedieselshop.us/CRIP.HTMLhttp://www.trainweb.org/emdloco/ri.htmhttp://www.trainweb.org/vermande/c/crip.html
Dale's Trackside Guides #1-Mississippi River CrossingsThis is a study of the Railroad crossings over the Mississippi River. #2-Amtrak's Current Routes A detailed accounting of which railroad owns every mile of track used by Amtrak.
#3-Class 1 Railroads in the 1950s A summary of the 127 class 1 railroads in 1950.
#4-The Milwaukee Road MainlinePoints of interest on the CMSP&P mainline from Chicago to Seattle and Portland.
#5-Montana Rail Link, I&MRL and IC&E Rosters
#6-GP30 Ownership A simple rundown of the dozens of owners of GP30 locomotives.
#7-Amtrak's Original Routes A look at the routes used by Amtrak on May 1st, 1971.
#8-Continental Divide Crossings A summary of the railroad crossings of the Continental Divide in North America
#9-Iowa's Counties A listing of the railroads operating in Iowa's 99 Counties today and in 1985 and 1930.
#10-America's Regional Railroads A look at the 62 current and former Regional Railroads in the United States
#11-AC Ownership Owners of locomotives with AC traction motors
#12-Ohio's CountiesA listing of the railroads operating in Ohio's 88 Counties today and in 1985 and 1930.
#13-1980 A look at the events that took place during 1980 affecting America's railroads.
#14-Pieces of the RockSurviving rail lines and locomotives of the Rock Island Railroad.
#15-Amtrak's Abandoned RoutesA State by State list of routes previously used by Amtrak.
#16-Missouri River CrossingsA study of the Railroad crossings over the Missouri River.
Thanks Brian. I think I'm okay for now.
BTW, if you are thinking of picking up the 10-1986 Twin Cities issue of Trains, you might like the 3-1983 Rock Island issue as well.
Parts of the line from Cedar Rapids to Ely are bike trails.From the Cedar River bridge to just south of Hwy 30 is a paved trail more or less on the Rock's roadbed.Then another portion from 76th Blvd Dr E to Wright Brothers Blvd E,running parallel to Ely Rd is an unpaved narrow trail thru mostly woods.That section climbs a grade(trust me I know as my son and I rode our bikes on it ).There is work going on to connect the two trails started last summer.Be nice to ride that.
Haven't heard from you,Brian,in a while.Cold enough for you?Should I turn the A/C on?
Have a good one.
RI 4424 spent some time as Crandic 97 for awhile. It is now on home rails, with parts from other engines after a wreck rebuild as Iowa Interstate 400.