Recommend a good online Rock Island history site

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Recommend a good online Rock Island history site

Postby trainwayne1 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:57 pm

Looking for a good online source to read about the Rock Island and the story leading up to their bankruptcy and abandonment........or perhaps a good book on the same subject.
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Re: Recommend a good online Rock Island history site

Postby Aa3rt » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:11 pm

Here's a link to the Rock Island Technical Society, check the "History" link on the right side of the page...

http://www.rits.org/
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Re: Recommend a good online Rock Island history site

Postby 2nd trick op » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:01 pm

If you have access to back copies of Trains check out anything by Dr. Ed Brunner; this gentleman worked as a block operator for the Rock in the years when he was firming up his education, and one article in particular, in the June, 2004 issue, contains a blow-by-blow description of exactly how conditions on the Rock's main lines deteriorated during the 1970's.
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Re: Recommend a good online Rock Island history site

Postby Aa3rt » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:32 pm

If you can locate a copy, almost the entire March 1983 issue of Trains magazine was devoted to the history and demise of the Rock Island.
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