Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas


Author: Michael E. Hibblen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439659893
Category: Transportation
Page: 128
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For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. Efforts to merge with other railroads were stalled for years by federal regulators. The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and attempted a reorganization, but creditors wanted the assets liquidated, with a judge shutting it down in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.

The Grand Western Railroad Game

The History of the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroads: Volume I: The Empire Years: 1850 Up to the Great War
Author: Robert S. Farnsworth
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1480927074
Category: History
Page: 724
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The Grand Western Railroad Game By: Robert S. Farnsworth The Grand Western Railroad Game by Robert S. Farnsworth is a fascinatingly detailed story of the historical importance of Western railroads. It has been meticulously written to educate the reader on the intricacies involved in the creation and growth of the Rock Island System over the “Empire Years.” The railroad’s premium passenger train service even inspired the popular song “The Rock Island Line is a Mighty Fine Line.” To quote the author, “I wrote this book, not from just the viewpoint of a rail fan, hundreds of whom have diligently photographically documented the railroad’s passage through time, but from the viewpoint of a former employee and from the insights gained from a broad education in both the university and in the experience of a practiced transportation planner. I hope that the reader will learn from the stories told here that the workers tried valiantly to do their jobs, that the line’s managers were forced to play with the hand that was dealt to them from a less than full deck, and that investors expected to get a reasonable return on the often gigantic sums paid into the corporation. “I hope that the information contained within these covers leads others toward more detailed studies of the railroads and of the conditions in which they survived, if not prospered.”

The Great American Mosaic: An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents [4 volumes]

An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents
Author: Gary Y. Okihiro,Lionel C. Bascom,James E. Seelye Jr.,Emily Moberg Robinson,Guadalupe Compeán
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610696131
Category: Education
Page: 1858
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Firsthand sources are brought together to illuminate the diversity of American history in a unique way—by sharing the perspectives of people of color who participated in landmark events. • Highlights the history and experience of people of color in the United States through 450 important documents and firsthand accounts • Introduces readers to multiple viewpoints about landmark events • Provides a unique and helpful "Guide to Why and How to Use Primary Documents"

When the Railroad Leaves Town

American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment
Author: Joseph P. Schwieterman
Publisher: Truman State Univ Press
ISBN: 1931112142
Category: Transportation
Page: 333
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This book tells the story of closing rail lines from historic junctions, aging industrial centers, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment. Rail line abandonment claimed more than half of U.S. rail route mileage during the past 50 years and is accompanied by controversial and unexpected developments--events affecting communities years after the last train departed. This book is a concise narrative, with contrasting photos of local train stations in their prime and after abandonment.

American Shortline Railway Guide


Author: Edward A. Lewis
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing, Co.
ISBN: 9780890242902
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 368
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This edition lists nearly 600 shortline and regional railroads in the United States and Canada. Includes the history, radio frequency, locomotive roster and other information for each line as well as diesel profiles and a listing of past shortlines.

Financial condition of the Rock Island Railroad

hearing before the Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, first session, on S. 917 ... March 10, 1975
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce. Subcommittee on Surface Transportation
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroad law
Page: 184
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Financial Condition of the Rock Island Railroad, Hearing Before the Surface Transportation Subcommittee Of..., 94-1, Mar. 10, 1975


Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Commerce Committee
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 184
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The Complete Book of North American Railroading


Author: Kevin EuDaly,Mike Schafer,Steve Jessup,Jim Boyd,Steve Glischinski,Andrew McBride
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 1616731184
Category: Transportation
Page: 352
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The year 1827 marked the completion of the United States’ first railroad--and the beginning of a transformation of American life. This book, spanning nearly two centuries, offers an exhilarating tour of the railways’ inroads into the economy, society, and culture of North America. Illustrated with more than 400 historical and modern photographs and period advertisements, The Complete Book of North American Railroading takes readers back to the birth of the railroads, then travels through the “Golden Age” from 1900 to 1950 and on to the railways of our day. Locomotives, from steam to electric and diesel; passenger travel; freight operations; and infrastructure, including stations, bridges, depots, roundhouse, railyards, and signaling are all thoroughly examined and amply illustrated. Authors Kevin EuDaly and Mike Schafer delve into the history, the culture, and the technology of the railroads as they have carried travelers across the continent, brought goods to market, connected businesses in peacetime and war, and enriched the canon of American folklore and the quality of everyday life.

Smoke Over Oklahoma

The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
Author: Augustus J. Veenendaal
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 080615795X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
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Oklahoma was in the throes of the Great Depression when Preston George acquired a cheap Kodak folding camera and took his first photographs of steam locomotives. As depression gave way to world war, George kept taking pictures, now with a Graflex camera that could capture moving trains. In this first book devoted solely to George’s work, his black-and-white photographs constitute a striking visual documentary of steam-driven railroading in its brief but glorious heyday in the American Southwest. The pictures also form a remarkable artistic accomplishment in their own right. Prominent among the magnificent action images collected here are the engines that were George’s passion—steam locomotives pulling long freights or strings of gleaming passenger cars through open country. But along with the fireworks of the heavier steam engines slogging through the mountains near the Arkansas border on the Kansas City Southern or climbing Raton Pass in New Mexico on the Santa Fe, George’s photographs also record humbler fare, such as the short trains of the Frisco and Katy piloted by ancient light steamers, and the final years of that state’s interurban lines. Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr.’s brief history of railroads in the Sooner State puts these images into perspective, as does a reminiscence by George’s daughter Burnis on his life and his pursuit of railroad photography. With over 150 images and a wealth of historical and biographical information, this volume makes accessible to an audience beyond the most avid railfans the extent of Preston George's extraordinary achievement.

Sayre


Author: Shirley Killian
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738582528
Category: History
Page: 128
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Sayre, Oklahoma, was founded shortly after the railroad arrived on September 14, 1901. Before that, it was known as Riverton because of its location near the North Fork of the Red River. When the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad completed its line to Sayre, businesses sprang up overnight, causing many people from surrounding communities to move closer to the rail. Sayre's historical downtown area is home to many buildings that date from the city's founding in 1901. When Route 66 was constructed through Sayre, transportation was solidified as the community's main industry. The town began to grow again when Farmrail launched an American Short Line Regional Railroad through Sayre and its surrounding area in 1981. Through the years, many legendary people have called Sayre home, including horseman Walter Merrick, world champion bull rider Justin McBride, bronc riders Gene Ross and Jonas DeArmon, and singer Roger Miller. The community is known for its natural beauty, sensational sunsets, and a flat landscape that allows one to see for miles in every direction. Shirley Killian was born and raised on a farm at Delhi, Oklahoma, just south of Sayre, and learned a lot about life while growing up in the country. Shirley and her husband, Ray, have lived in the area for most of their 53 years together. They have owned and operated the RS & K Railroad Museum for the past 20 years.

The Railroad Journal


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: N.A
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Seventy Years of Service, from Grant to Gorman


Author: Frank J. Nevins
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: 48
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National Railway Bulletin


Author: N.A
Publisher: National Railway Historical Society
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: N.A
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The Rocket


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Rock Island Railroad

Travel on the Rockets
Author: John Kelly
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
ISBN: 9781583882658
Category: Transportation
Page: 128
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The popular Rock Island Railroad stretched from Chicago to Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas with passenger and freight service, and included the Peoria Rocket, Des Moines Rocket, Quad City Rocket, Texas Rocket, Kansas City Rocket, Twin Star Rocket, Zephyr-Rocket, Rocky Mountain Rocket, the flagship Golden State between Chicago and Los Angeles, and suburban commuter service in Chicago. Included are system map, timetables, travel brochures and full-color section of Rock Island depots and stations.

Rock Island Employes' Magazine


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Railway Age


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: N.A
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Rock Island Magazine


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: N.A
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The Railway Age


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 2401
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