- RTR FEATURES
Playing Poker with Pullman, Part 2 by Bill Pollard
Starting in 1958, Rock Island Lines did the unthinkable, severing a long-standing relationship with the Pullman Company by taking over operation of most sleep car routes. Noted Rock Island Railroad Historian Bill Pollard traces the cause of the Rock Island and the Pullman Company's fractured relationship. Part 2 includes tables of sleeping car lines operated by the Rock Island and Pullman after Nov. 1, 1958 and a sidebar about the virtues of Waukesha or Electro-Mechancal generation. Lots of period advertising.
Rockin' Through Morris by Mark Llanuza
A Saturday outing in 1978 gets Llanuza and Steve Smedley multiple film rolls of E units as they charge from Blue Island to Bureau Junction, Illinois. Who'da thought that 30-plus years later, one of the photos would turn into a painting? This photo essay is chock full of action shots out on the high iron, not to mention some good stories.
Hostling at Silvis by Dee Brown
Dee describes a night on the job at Silvis Shops, one night when things went awry. Also includes capsule history of the S37 class switchers built by Witcomb. Prototype photos.
Steam Power at El Reno, circa 1946 by Tony Bishop
After a envelope full of vintage photos arrives at AJP's office, Tony Bishop filled in the details based on his remembrances of steam power after the war. We ran these super sharp photos big so that our readers could enjoy the details.
Kitbashing Kansas Clyde! by Richard R. Gill
Gill takes a humorous look at the bane of all modelers: the project that didn't turn out.
Washington, Iowa by Steve Esposito
One hundred years of railroad activity sees Washington served by the Rock Island Railroad, Milwaukee Road, and the CB&Q. Vintage photography from Charles Franzen and Andrew Brown. Map, circa 1926, shows all pertinent trackage and streets including the ex-narrow gauge Q lines.
Pranks in Pratt by Ramon Villarrea
The author details his days working on the Bull Gang at the Pratt, Kansas, roundhouse with tales of the pranks pulled on him and others during days and nights on the job. Lots of fun. Photography from the late 20s.
At Rush Springs, Oklahoma by Dean Schirf
Schirf remembers train loads of Black Diamonds rolling by his boyhood home of Chickasha. Not to be confused with coal, these were carloads of watermelons! Photography circa 1946.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER: Ready-to-Run Review
Accurail: 50-ton AAR Hopper Car by Robert Massey
Bob takes a look at a nice model for a great price. Model photography and a prototype photo and diagram sheet illustrate the article. Bob included a sidebar on easy weathering with brushed-on acrylics.
- ROCK ISLAND MODELER
Paint and Weather Katos' SD40-2 by Ross Dando
Ross gives a detailed description of his modeling techniques for painting and weathering the Rock's porch units. This comprehensive how-to includes model photography by Forrest Grigg.
- Rocket RPO
All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.