RTR Vol. 12, Nos. 3&4

Regular price $22.00

Remember the Rock magazine, 2018 - 8.5" x 11" - 80 pages - NO advertising!



Silvis Shops: Part Two: Construction and Shop Layout by Bill Leistiko
This issue marks the second installment in Leistiko's series on Silvis Shops. We really hit pay dirt during the primary research phase of this article. We were digging through the archives available on line when we ran into a treasure trove of information in three of the industry journals of the day. Continued scanning of the yearly volumes led us to photographs of the interior of the shops, and diagrams of the machinery layout and building construction. Editor Phil scoured his collection and came up with some incredible interior photography that was sharp enough to run big! The company storehouse and the powerhouse are detailed, two aspects of the operation that have never been covered in the hobby press or on-line.

Book Review by Bill Pollard: Chicago & North Western, Milwaukee Road, Rock Island, and Union Pacific Interline Dining & Lounge Cars
Rock Island interline dining and lounge cars on Southern Pacific Passenger trains are only part of the title of this great book of photos and text detailing the jointly operated trains on the Golden State route. Associate Editor Bill Pollard penned his thoughts about this fine volume written by Jeffrey Alan Cauthen with Donald M. Munger from Union Terminal Publications.

Great Grandpa Shipley's Plan by Mike Armstrong
RTR contributor Armstrong tells the story of his great grandfather W.V. Shipley, one of the founders of the Des Moines, Iowa Falls & Northern Railway. This Rock Island predecessor connected Iowa Falls with Des Moines at the cusp of the new century, and Great Grandpa was in on the ground floor. His story along with some mighty nice photography, and a map would be good enough, but we dug until we found original photography circa 1903, and some paperwork. Mike relates the story of Grandmother Armstrong, who saw the first train run on the line and rode the inaugural Rocket almost forty years later. Timeline of DMIF&N, and a shot of Shipley on Mike's Rock Island model railroad for good measure!

Pooled Power on the Choctaw Route
RTR Associate Editor Bill Pollard takes a long look at the era of pooled power as the Rock Island and the Southern Pacific eliminated switching motive power in Tucumcari starting in 1967. Absolutely killer photography from Murrel Houge, Jr., documents action at Sayre, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Texas and Kansas City. Charts with locomotive assignments, and Conductor's Timebook data add a lot of detail that makes it easy to visualize how it all worked, and model it accurately if you choose. Murrel's shots at Amarillo document how the Rock Island switched No. 22 at Amarillo; adding cars from the Santa Fe and swapping the SP coach for a RI RPO-coach. Bill's comprehensive reporting covers a lot of ground so that you’ll get the whole story.

In it for the Long Haul
First time RTR author Jane Buck tells the story of her daddy's days on the Section on the Iowa Division. Jane and the family spent the summer camped out in a bunk car on line at Marengo, Iowa. Her snap shots are a priceless look at life during the Depression. Her father's hard work paid off, as he retired as a Roadmaster in 1952.

Life with Father and His Railroad
While digging for photos, Peggy McKay Pattillo found an album with photos of her Dad, C.F. McKay, a Rock Islander who started out on a section gang and ended his career as a Foreman. No stranger to hard work, Cecil started working hard early on and never gave up the habit. There are some way cool pictures of him running a weed burner back in the thirties. What a contraption! Lots of photos taken out on the railroad and some good stories to boot.

 At Home on the Iron Road: From Iowa City via Los Angeles, Little Rock and Durant
First time RTR author Dick Anderson recounts his years spent eyeballing the Rock Island as a young fella, and continues the story, as he grew older. Join Dick for a day’s walk through Tucumcari, New Mexico back in the summer of 1965. Plenty of cool pix and of some surprising stuff. The RTR staff really dug deep to tell you in some juicy captions exactly what was going on that July! Dick even through in a shot of a Iowa Hawkeye Football Special blasting through West Liberty with The Reveler behind a pair of FM's and a BL2.


Can Ya Dig It? Stephen Eudy submitted a great photo of a work train circa 1920 for Classic Rock that begged for an explanation, so "hawkeye" Publisher Steve dug into the photo with his trusty magnifier and figured out what was going on. There's a fabulous photo of a flatcar mounted Osgood ditcher to boot and an explanation of just how they kept drainage ditches alongside the Rock Island clear enough to keep the ballast drained and the ties dry. Cool period advertisement of Kiesler clamshell buckets too.

Dan Tracy's Iowa Interlude
For $50 in the Jeopardy category of REMEMBER THE ROCK...Famous for rickety towers, Culver, Iowa fought gravity for years… A. on a wooden leg? B. on crutches? C. on its last legs?! D. with the interlocking machine? Join Dan Tracy as he moved to Iowa, got hornswoggled out of a job and was hired by the Mighty Fine Line as an operator at Culver Tower. Dan recounts the hiring process and some of the intricacies working third trick where the Milwaukee semaphores met the Rock's colored searchlights. Dan Sweeny donated a RI Signal department diagram of the interlocking, and Dan Tracy provided some of his killer photography shot in between dispatching trains over the railroad, and spiders (in pre-internet days) to the great web in the sky!

Jim Pattillo: Saying Goodbye to An Old Friend
Early this year we lost Jim Pattillo, a friend to this magazine if there ever was one. So, with the help of wife Peggy and some of Jim's pals, we put together a group of his photos shot at Harter Yard in Oklahoma City. Jim would have clerked the yard for free, that's how much he loved that job at Harter. His photography speaks for itself; lots of sharp images, and unusual for RTR, many with his co-workers. Jim left a trainload of friends behind, most with memories of good times workin' on the railroad we're all so fond of.


Kadee's Rock Island PS-2, 2,003 Cubic-Foot Covered Hoppers No stranger to Rock Island modelers, Bob Massey's “Ready to Run” review of the Kadee PS-2 covered hopper ought to put a smile on your face. Variations of these 2,003 cubic foot hoppers are still out there in sand train service working out of Utica, Illinois servicing the same mines the Rock did back in the day. A RI Diagram Sheet, and builder’s photos from Editor Phil's collection round out Bob's model shots.


Publisher Steve compiled another RTR Explainer with additional facts about items in the magazine. This time we looked into the technology used aboard Rock Island Heritage Unit No. 513 on the Iowa Interstate. Called Distributed Power, it was part of the ordered equipment on the first and subsequent batch of GE ES44AC locomotives. GE calls it Locotrol. Read about what lays under the beautiful Rock Island inspired paint that graces our back cover. And more.


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



Back to the top