RTR Vol. 11, Nos. 1&2

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      Remember the Rock magazine, 2016 - 8.5" x 11" - 80 pages



Clipped Wings in Colorado Springs by Dennis Opferman
RTR author Dennis Opferman explores the railroads westward expansion to Pueblo, Colorado in 1888; and while he was at it, he explored the Denver Public Library and came up with some astounding period photography. AJP Art Director Tanya Anderson and Dennis worked on maps and modified two old ones that show the orientation of the railroads in Colorado Springs, and the route to Pueblo from Denver. Lots of cool period paper, an employee timetable, tariff and tonnage graphs illustrate Dennis's article. As the story twists and turns, WWI and government control rear its ugly head. Killer photos illustrate this fast moving story of railroading back when a man was as good as his word. And some railroad men weren't!

The First Ever RTR Crossword  by Richard R. Gill
If you think you're familiar with the lyrics of the Rock Island Line, Senior Editor Dick Gill has originated the a crossword puzzle for you. This one is gonna stump the chumps, and leave expert puzzlers gnawing on their erasers.

The Mini-Train Experiment: The Rest of the Story   by Jeff Worones
After he got done reading Steve Esposito's Mini Train article in the last magazine, first-time RTR author Jeff Worones had more questions than we had answers, so he dug through his RI collection and researched the Rest of the Story about the Rock Island Mini-Train Experiment from the 1970s. Jeff found some cool pix, and even the documentation provided by the Marketing Department with a chart showing the various routes that were tried. Lots of info about all the service that was tried, not just the Keota-Muscatine run.

BOOK REVIEW: Tom Lee's "Western Division Freight Service 1930-1952"  by Steve Esposito
So since you got a taste of what's going on today in Herington, Kansas. How 'bout a review of Tom Lee's third and final volume. Published by South Platte Press from the unfinished manuscript and notes left by Tom after his death in 2014, this is as close a look at what the Rock ran in steam and early diesel days as anybody has put together. Lots of B&W photography by the stalwarts of the Speed Graphic era.

Switching Lincoln, Part 2  by Richard L. Schmeling
Continued from V10 Nos. 3&4 is part 2, the conclusion of Richard Schmelling's Switching Lincoln. We heard from our readers that they wanted a map, so Tanya, Tom Jurgens and Richard worked together to come up with a good big one. Richard pulled plenty of diesel era photography out of his collection for this blow-by-blow look at the Rock Island's service in Lincoln. Lincoln's famous doll factory, and even Weird Wally makes it onto the pages of RTR.

Deshler, Nebraska and the Nelson Branch  by Jim Reisdorff and Mike Bartels
Ever stop to look at a Rock Island map and ponder the fate of the many branch lines that fed the railroad during planting and harvest seasons. Or wonder about Railway Express shipments before the days of Google drones carrying coal to Newcastle? They studied the branch that ran from Fairbury to Nelson, Nebraska, from start to finish. Tanya made a nice map so that fans from back east can orient themselves in Bow and Arrow country. The boys located photos from the very beginnings, steam from the thirties, and a "RTR Mail Box Bonus," photos from an essay written by a big-city newspaper man about a trip on the mixed train in February 1959; heck there was snow on the ground, and motorcar 9014 was out drift bustin'! This look at branchline operations is comprehensive, and with some help from the Kenley German and Zuckers of Spring Creek Model Trains in Deshler quite complete.

Classic Rock

Little Rockets   by Rusty Beames
Out in Herington, Kansas, there's a park with a rocket flying around; a Rocket with an obs car no less! Join Rusty Beames for a look at the Herington UP Employee Club's work preserving a 1950 16-inch gauge Miniature Train Corporation trainset. Little Rockets includes an eBay post card find by Publisher Steve and a short history of the Jet Rocket at the Portland (Oregon) Zoo, another kiddie railway. This one with a 7-foot tall Rocket you ride in and stick your head out of. Heck, the engineer sits above the coaches roof-line in a cab just like the real McCoy!

It happened in Lincoln  by Dave Seidel
Dave contributed some Dick Rumbolz photography of a little known, but artistically photographed mishap at the MoP/OL&B crossing of the Rock in Lincoln, when two 44-tonners tangled. For all you lovers of two-cylinders from Milwaukee, even some vintage Harleys make it into the picture, though they don't out-shine the 95008.

Friends of the Rock Island  by Steve Esposito
Steve Esposito. Last November, at the Friends of the Rock Island meet, Steve shot some photos of models displayed for the magazine. Nathan Gardner's Golden Rocket trainset that was running up on the stage, but he did stop the train so I could get a photo of the HO-scale Golden Trencher, the SP car displayed at Mendota depot. Hopefully someone reading this can give us a heads up! David Street's model of Vermont Street station and John Tyson's model of UD Tower are featured too, with prototype photography of all three.


Airslide Cars  by Ross Dando
Modelers take note! Ross Dando's been burning the midnight oil out in his shop, and we have two modeling articles “for your consideration,” as Ron Serling used to say. Though the early square-end Airslide cars looked like covered hoppers masquerading as rib-sided boxcars, they caught this eye. Ross took notes as he transformed an undecorated Tangent Airslide into a realistic looking model, with the help of a decal set from Mask Island. Publisher Steve did a half-a-day plowing of the RTR collection and came up with a RI diagram sheet to augment Ross's pal Forrest Griggs photography.

Rocket RPO

All the letters to the Editor that's fit to print.


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