Rock Island Locomotive Portfolio 1950-1980 (eBook)
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By Stephen M. Timko
To say that the Rock Island’s locomotive roster was unique would be an understatement. Its distinctiveness has been the subject of many books and articles. From the unorthodox purchasing of 44-tonners from Davenport and Whitcomb rather than then-standard General Electric, to the late Alco-era C-415 switcher model and EMD (and EMC) TA and AB models to the standard E7 and E8 designs. Alco cab and booster units, re-engined by EMD, oddball Lima 800 HP LS800 models, and other abnormalities made The Rock a railfan’s paradise in the 1960s and ’70s. Running on a shoestring budget in later years, the Rock Island begged, borrowed, and bought used locomotives from many sources, often through local supplier Precision National Corporation and suitor Union Pacific RR. With 340 images (several rare black-and-white images from 1940s are included), diesel fans will enjoy exploring the roster of this railfan legend with diesel authority Steve Timko.
Item # E022