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Remember the Rock, Attention- 2nd Half of a Double Issue
If your subscription ends with the 40th page of a double issue, this $10 will pay for the second 40 pages and bring your subscription up-to-date. Subscriptions to RTR no longer consist of four 40-page single issues. Starting with Volume 8, Nos. 3 & 4, we now publish RTR twice a year in two info-packed 80-page magazines.

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Remember the Rock, Volume 9, Nos 1-2 dble issue
The Paper Chase - Bill Pollard After a bit of detective work, Bill Pollard uncovers some surprising facts about Train 21 in a photo shot at McLean, Texas. "The Paper Chase" is his story about the value of collecting Rock Island items and then using them to further understand the operations of the railroad. BK Bureau - David Auestad Dave Auestad recounts the night at Bureau when a washout threw a monkey wrench into train operations. A week of storms north of the railroad sent torrents of water rushing down Bureau Creek and the Hennepin Canal with horrific results. Includes a (circa 1970s) track plan for Bureau, a detour map, and Dave's photos too! Incident at Bridgeport - J. Pete Hedgpeth Pete Hedgpeth tells the story of the wreck at Bridgeport, Oklahoma back in 1959. Told in the style of the great railroad storytellers featured in old issues of Railroad magazine, Pete paints a realistic picture of operations in Dark (signal) Country and the trials of being a crew member on a harvest extra. For us young pups, this is worth the price of the magazine! Back-in-the-Day Railroading in Dark Country was serious business. Classic Rock Fourteen, that's 14-pages of coverage of steam and diesel-era photo essays. Phil Weibler in Illinois, Wayne Schlimm in Iowa, Bob Corns in Kansas, and the way cool story of Dick Gill's photos of combined Nos. 3 & 7 shot at Englewood in the sixties. Ready to Run Review Bob Massey reviews Walthers HO-scale model of the SW1. Prototype and model photos of the 4801 from shiny new to old and grey, along with Bob's usual comments and insights. Along the BCR&N - Steve Esposito For all you Post Card Collectors out there, we've assembled a batch of cards from the Bill Leistiko and Stephen Eudy collections of 1900-1918 views that are specific to the Cedar Rapids-Manly, Iowa, line of the BCR&N. This ain't the typical "dump-out-the-shoe-box" show-and-tell; you just don't get to see them laid out this way very often! Includes a map of the territory for all you guys from outside the Hawkeye. The Rock Island Modeler - Kitbashing ALCo RS2 & 3M's This installment by Ross Dando outlines his kitbash of two ALCo's re-powered at EMD. Construction details for the 456 and the 451 are covered, along with lots of prototype photography of both engines during their careers on the railroad. On the Job with Bob Fredland The author recounts the days when he took his camera to work on the job in the signal department. Lots of great photos shot on the Illinois Division and some CRI&P Signal Department historic file photos. The Rock Island Modeler - Covert Freighters RS3's In a new feature series "Down of the Arkansas Division" HO scale modeler Joe Sindelar has penned a nice how-to featuring his super detailed ALCo RS3 models of three units that roamed the Choctaw Route in freight service. Lots of Bob Werre photos of these beautifully detailed models! The Memphis Storehouse - Bill Pollard Still more of the Choctaw Route in Bill Pollardís article about the Memphis Storehouse. This pocket-sized facility is crying out to be modeled and Bill supplies all the details. Steam and diesel-era COLOR photography. Inside and out! Rocket RPO Featuring four pages of letters from the faithful. All the news that's fit to print, and some that ain't! $22 bucks at your Dealer OR subscribe via our website or your telephone.

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Increased International Shipping Rates
April 15, 2013

Due to recent postage increases, we have been forced to increase the cost of shipping magazines out-of-country. Please note price increases for Remember the Rock international subscriptions. Please contact us directly for all other international orders. It is regretful, that we've been forced to do this, but necessary to cover those costs. -- Customer Support

From the Publisher
December 2013

Hi Gang!

RTR Vol. 8 Nos. 3 & 4 our first 80-page, double issue should be in your mailbox or at your hobby dealer. You Rock hounds are probably wondering how RTR can get any better. Well, like your favorite cheeseburger, 80 pages is the magazine equivalent of two all-beef patties and a second slice of cheese. If you consider that RTR has no advertising, 80 pages is the real meal deal!

Playing Poker with Pullman - Part 2, by Bill Pollard
Starting in 1958, Rock Island Lines did the unthinkable, severing a long-standing relationship with the Pullman Company by taking over operation of most sleep car routes. Noted Rock Island RR historian Bill Pollard traces the cause of the Rock Island and the Pullman Company's fractured relationship. Part 2 includes tables of sleeping car lines operated by the Rock Island and Pullman after Nov. 1, 1958 and a sidebar about the virtues of Waukesha or Electro-Mechanical generation. Lots of period advertising.

Rockin' Through Morris by Mark Llanuza
A Saturday outing in 1978 nets Llanuza and Smedley multiple 35mm rolls of E units as they charge from Blue Island to Bureau Junction, Illinois. Who'da thought that 30-plus years later, one of the photos would morph into a painting by Mark Robinson? This photo essay is chock full of action shots out on the high iron, not to mention some good stories, and a great painting!

Classic Rock by Richard Wilhelm
The author finds himself at the scene of an accident at Peoria roundhouse. Never before seen photos along with a discussion of the event and cab signaling on the Illinois Division. Interior E-unit cab view shows all controls and in-cab signals.

Classic Rock
Rocky Pacifico, RTR's intrepid detective, enlists the aid of our readers! The mystery of the man in the cab is solved just in time for a painting to be identified.

Classic Rock
At Rush Springs, Oklahoma. Dean Schirf remembers trainloads of Black Diamonds rolling by his boyhood home of Chickasha. Not to be confused with coal, these were carloads of watermelons! Photography circa 1946

Rock Island Modeler: Ready to Run Review of Accurail: 50-ton AAR hopper car by Bob Massey
Bob takes a look at a nice model for a great price. Model photography and a prototype photo and diagram sheet illustrate the article. Bob included a sidebar on easy weathering with brushed-on acrylics.

Steam Power at El Reno, circa 1946 by Tony Bishop
After an envelope full of vintage photos from the Stan Hall collection arrives at AJP's office, Tony Bishop filled in the details based on his remembrances of steam power after the war. We ran these super sharp photos big so that our readers could enjoy the details. Lots of info in the captions for steam and diesel fans alike.

Kitbashing Kansas Clyde! by Richard R. Gill
Dick Gill takes a humorous look at the bane of all modelers: the project that didn't turn out. It's happened to me...really!

Washington, Iowa, by Steve Esposito
One hundred years of railroad activity sees Washington served by the Rock Island, Milwaukee Road, and the CB&Q. Vintage photography from Charles Franzen and Andrew Brown. Map, circa 1926, shows all pertinent trackage and streets including the ex-narrow gauge Q line. Lots of historical facts and figures, now it's up to our readers to model it!

Pranks in Pratt by Ramon Villarreal
The author details his days working on the Bull Gang at the Pratt, Kansas, and roundhouse with tales of the pranks pulled on him and others during days and nights on the job. Lots of fun. Photography from the late 20s of Pratt Depot and roundhouse.

Rock Island Modeler: Paint and Weather Katos' SD40-2 by Ross Dando
Ross gives a detailed description of his modeling techniques for painting and weathering the Rock's porch units. This comprehensive how-to includes model photography by Forrest Grigg.

Hope everybody is enjoying the temperate fall weather before Old Man Winter drives us all indoors. The grass is still green and the leaves are dropping under protest. Heard it snowed at Crater Lake in September though!

Steve Esposito, Publisher

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