Quicktrack chicago is an allinone chicago transit app that connects you directly to the cta bus tracker, cta train tracker, metra, pace bus tracker and. Excrip 1875 rock island rocket big ben gets pulled out of the shop with over a decade of grime and dust clinging to the original stainless steel car body. Henry crown was a major investor who bought rock island bonds from fearful investors at pennies on the dollar betting on the bankruptcy judge mcgarr ruling to liquidate the property. Ill leave it the rail fans to identify the engine types in this section. Ventra app metra customers now have a convenient schedupe way to buy and display metra rock island schedule with their smartphones. Rock island aerotrain museum of transport one of two. Everything i needed to know about the rock island, i learned by playing the board game rail baron. Rail system map detailed fare in for ma tion service. Hobbylinc carries 31 rock island model train locomotives at discounts up to 35% including diesel ho, steam ho, and diesel n. The rock island can handle your car storage and switching service needs. This video contains an outbound metra trip on the rock island district rail line departing from lasalle street station and arriving at the joliet. Railroad song rock island line sheet music notes and chords arranged for easy piano. The rock island now had four relatively short texas subsidiaries each operated by its own organization. This nostalgic rock island video starts vintage runby and cab ride action in a film produced by rock island in the 1950s to promoting the roads modern rail system.
Metra operation and the rail rail flyover connection will reduce congestion and freight conflicts and will connect metra s southwest service with the existing rock island district tracks, increasing capacity and improving reliability. Railfanning the metra rock island district 9162018. Rock rail was established in 2014 to focus on the development of innovative, value enhancing funding approaches for strategically important uk passenger rolling stock and other rail infrastructure. On december 1, 1903, the chicago, rock island and texas, the chicago, rock island and mexico, and the choctaw, oklahoma and texas were merged into the chicago, rock island and gulf. The locomotives are two custom painted athearn blue box ge u30bs. Annual report by chicago, rock island and pacific railway company. The swing bridge connects rock island and davenport over the mississippi river and was constructed in. Saturday service on metra s southwest service line will be suspended until further notice. Rock island system the handbook of texas online texas. Among the highlights of the rock island train festival were seven steam locomotives. The rock island district ri is a metra commuter rail line from chicago, illinois, southwest to.
The rock island rail corridor authority rirca was established to manage and maintain the rock island corridor, which jackson county acquired in the spring of 2016. Train festival 2011 features rarely traveled passenger train excursions pulled by beautiful steam, vintage diesel, and amtrak locomotives. The railroad hasnt been in regular service since the early 1980s. Rock island red the 484 trains magazine trains news. For details, click here on other lines, metra is operating an alternate weekday schedule until further notice to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, workfromhome mandates.
Photo gallery includes detailed images of the trail, surroundings, and activities. And the march 1981 issue of trains magazine is the one with the excellent article detailing the history of the rock islands fleet of 484s. Metra provides a total of 67 train schedules every day. Chicago, rock island and pacific railroad wikipedia. The oak forest metra station is located on the rock island district metra line that runs between.
See more ideas about rock island, rock island railroad and old trains. The rock island district ri is a metra commuter rail line from chicago, illinois, southwest to joliet. Two emd lwt12 aerotrains were built in 1956 as emd demonstrators using lightweight gm bus technology and then sold to the rock island along with a third production unit. The ri rock island runs daily weekday trips start at 4. See more ideas about rock island, rock island railroad and train. On march 31, 1980, the rock island expired as a railroad company. In 1948, the future looked quite bright for the rock island, the road of planned progress, as john dow farrington called his railroad. Train trips include twohour and all day excursions, riverboat and rail combo excursions, and riverboat excursions. One is called rock island steam power and the other is rock island motive power. Rock island 231 was sold to the maine central and outlived the rick island. The illinois railway museum arrived with the streamlined nebraska zephyr trainset. Just like the 1957 timetable, this one has 20 pages with its red cover on the back. Rock island rail trail lincoln 2020 all you need to.
The line connected all the right dots in the worst possible fashion. Train 1 now went from chicago to rock island and had no counterpart in the other direction meaning its cars were tacked onto some other train, probably train 6, to go back to chicago. Youll view the freight and passenger operations, yard action and get a good look at both steam and. Many of the freight cars are also custom painted, and a few are even scratchbuilt.
View photos of the rock island rail trail tx on traillink. Get uptodate service advisories that may affect your trip. The most popular rock island model train locomotives brands include intermountain railway company, bowser manufacturing co. One of two surviving emd aerotrains newly restored to its second life livery as a rock island train. Offering departs or arrivals dailly, those 4 points are c alled lasalle street, joliet, blue island vermont, tinley park. Trip report rock island train festival vintage trains. The railroad deck of government bridge is seen from above the control tower at the rock island arsenal on wednesday, october 12, 2016. It was also known as the rock island line, or, in its final years, the rock at the end of 1970, it operated 7,183 miles of road on 10,669 miles of track. Model railroader is the worlds largest magazine on model trains and model railroad layouts. Chicago metra has painted a motivepower mp36ph into the chicago, rock island and pacific railroads red and yellow livery in honor of ceo and executive director don orseno who is retiring this month. Hobbylinc carries 24 rock island model train locomotives at discounts up to 32% including diesel ho, steam ho, and diesel n. We had taken our bikes back to nebraska with us so i dropped her off for lunch and went to ride the rock island trail.
Rock island e units make first public appearance trains. Saturday service on metras southwest service line will be. Find parking garages near rock island district ri to joliet. The rock islands slogan should have been everywhere slowly. Passenger service, still a staple at this time, is bearly mentioned and not shown. For nearly 80 years, the rock island was a major railroad in arkansas providing passenger and freight services. Metra does not refer to its lines by color, but the timetable accents for the rock island district line are rocket red. Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on todays freight railroads, passenger service amtrak, locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities tourist railroads, fan trips, and great railroad photography. Offering departs or arrivals dailly, those 4 points are c alled lasalle street, joliet, blue islandvermont, tinley park. Ive read a couple of good books about rock islands late steam power.
Illinois valley commuter rail feasibility study pdf report. Rock island rail corridor authority jackson county, mo. The fabled chicago, rock island and pacific railroad was a legend in its own time. Downtown chicago transit map regional transportation authority. The rock island railroad was brought down by three people, judge frank j.
Metra adds weekend express service for chicago auto show. I miss the days when trains ran stories like that one. A few different versions sprang up in the succeeding years, the most famous. Feud between the longestablished stagecoach and steamship lines and the emergent railway companies trying to expand into the midwest. The most popular rock island model train locomotives brands include bachmann, bowser manufacturing co. In 2011, oak forest, then the secondbusiest station on the rock island line with 1,500 daily commuters and 23 trains, received a.
Summary shows midwestern states with drainage, cities and towns, township and county boundaries, and the railroad network with emphasis on the main line. Orseno is retiring after 44 years in railroading and first worked for the rock island in the 1970s. This is a nice concrete paved rail trail that runs about 7 miles north to. Metra paints rock islandinspired unit to honor retiring. With forrest tucker, adele mara, lorna gray, bruce cabot. Cta rail stations, metra down town terminals, visitor cen ters. The rirca works on a variety of topics related to the rock island corridor, including, but not limited to. Friends of the rock island railroad public group facebook. A decline in rail travel after world war ii and an increase in trucks hauling freight over governmentsubsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. The alternate weekday schedules, which can be viewed here.
The reason why so many are interested in the corridor is because of its connection points with the katy trail in the states major metropolitan areas of kansas city. A might fine line was immortalized in song when clarence wilson, a member of the rock islands colored booster quartet an employee choir group from the railroads biddle shops in little rock, arkansas wrote rock island line in 1929. It is also clear from this section that this film was aimed at potential clients for rock islands freight service. My wife had a lunch meeting with two women she had not seen since her college days. Festival attendees will enjoy model railroad layouts, two rideontrains for kids and adults, a childrens activity area sponsored by. This project will allow southwest service trains access to lasalle street station instead of union. The rock island corridor is a 145 mile segment of inactive rail corridor stretching from windsor to baufort. After a nice bath she shines as the sun sets ending a long day of work on at the american passenger train history museum in charles city, ia. This train line present 4 locations to be ride to and from. Normally, count on 469 train departures every week on rock island.981 955 401 1639 1064 911 314 965 1158 495 291 52 247 1547 1293 1026 315 79 770 251 854 1600 1387 1553 868 1268 1165 295 147 353 578 358 530 1343 624