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APRIL 19, 2017

It's springtime in Illinois, and I've already started "plowing" the RTR files for feature articles for Volume 12 Nos. 1&2. There have been some unusual photos on the Rock Island facebook sites, AND some killer modeling going on, so don't be bashful... drop us a line with an idea and see if we bite! Kinda sounds like fishin'...


VOL. 11 NOS. 3 and 4
APRIL 5, 2017

Hay gang! We got our tester copy of RTR in the mail this morning, so most everyone ought to have one in their hands by now. We've been filling Hobby Shop orders all week. Got to "M" for Michigan today, so hopefully by the end of next week RTR V11 Nos. 3 and 4 will be at your favorite shop.

Keep those cards and letters coming, we like to hear from our readers. You could send an article or photos if you are so inclined. Surprise us with a Mail Box Bonus! 

Steve & Tanya

DECEMBER 18, 2014

We can’t help but notice how many fellas dilly-dally when it comes time to renew their RTR subscription. For the last ten years we have opened the mail, entered the subscription, gritted our teeth, and sent out the current magazine via first class mail. These days, it just costs too much.

The 80 page magazines are too heavy to send out first class mail at the discounted subscription price. So, subscriptions will start with the next issue mailed from the printer. If you miss an issue or two and then renew, your make-up copies will be sold as Back Issues at $22 each postpaid.

Time to renew your subscription? Call us and get it done BEFORE a magazine GOES TO THE PRINTER! After the magazine ships to the printer your window of opportunity closes.

If you don't know when your expiration date is--ask us and we'll look it up. So drop a dime, call (815) 538-3060 (10am-7pm Chicago time) and get your subscription renewed! You can use your Visa or MasterCard

April 15, 2013

DUE TO 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

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Private Varnish, Volume 37 #2 - 150 (July 2017)

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Remember? is the first instalment in our Memory Builder. It features some AAPRCO's members attempting to hitch a ride, hopefully on a PV! Five Points for names, two points for the Convention location, three points for the correct year, and 11 Points for the "rest of the story."


Evelyn A. Henry, Warren R. Henry, Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids, Silver Solarium.

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Rocket to Kansas City by R.J. Barton
Join PV Publisher R.J. "Bart" Barton for the 2017 Mid Term Meeting trip from Chicago to Kansas City routed from Nevada, Iowa to Kansas City on the old Route of the Rockets of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific. The Rocket left Chicago on the Chicago Northwestern UP line and followed it across the Big Muddy to Nevada. Lots of photos along the way. Includes KC side trips coverage to the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the Kansas City Union Station's Pompeii traveling Exhibit from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy plus many candid shots.

Mid-Term trip sidebar:

Steam's Final Hour by Mike McBride
The Kansas City Rocket special passed through Sterling, Illinois which is the home of Sterling Steel Company. Railroad historian Mike McBride shared four glorious photos shot back when the mill used steam power exclusively to move cars around the huge complex. Easy reading captions tell the story of the mill and the events leading up to each photo.

39th Annual Convention, 2016, Part 2
Our Convention story resumes in Livingston, Montana where the City of Spokane spent a two-day layover while member and guests toured Yellowstone National Park. Lots of photos of this geologicaly-unique American treasure as well as candid shots in Livingston. Coverage includes the stop in Bozeman at Eagle Mount, the climb over the Continental Divide, the stop at Missoula plus many candid Convention shots. Lots of info in the captions.

2016 Convention Sidebars

- Yellowstone Park Tour
- 2-page route map
- So, You Want to Chair a Convention by Larry Milsow. The Association's ex-President details the trails and tribulations of taking an event from start to finish, with a tidal waves worth of details. There's lot that happens behind the scenes folks!

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Private Varnish, Volume 37 #1 - 149 (May 2017)

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Montana, La Cuesta, Silver Solarium, Silver Lariat, Cyrus K. Holliday

MONTANA PV CIRCLE TRIP  by Arlene Post and Tim Tennant. 
The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offered the touring experience on the Montana to a new group of travelers. Day trippers mixed seamlessly with overnight guests who enjoyed near-exclusive use of the car from the evening through late morning the next day. Careful planning and an enthusiastic response from past and new customers made this possible. Highlights of the trip: 
5,720 miles were traveled, 10 days on the road, 48 day trippers, 11 overnight travelers, 31 stations where passengers got on and off, 175 meals served and Limitless Lifetime Memories

N&W 611 TRIPS  by Alex Mayes 
The first springtime steam special would be reason enough to head to the tracks, but add a consist of vintage rail cars to the mix and you have a very special occasion. Photographers, train chasers and daisy pickers were as plentiful as robins on a wet lawn during the N&W 611's latest outing. Alex recounts the April 8-9, 2017 weekend of the 3 trips that originated at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

Also on this 2-page spread is a shot of a J-class locomotive in action back in the late 40s running alongside the New River at Bluff City, Virginia.


39th ANNUAL CONVENTION, Part 1. AAPRCO's City of Spokane departed Denver, heading for the mountains on a cloudy day September 2016. Despite the gloomy weather, spirits were high and there were plenty of fans track side to record the action. Join us for the first segment of the trip of which mileage included the rails through Wind River Canyon and Sheep River Canyon - two of the most beautiful and interesting geological formations in the West. Stunning photography and in-depth captions describe the scenic vistas and stop at Casper, Wyoming. 
SIDEBAR 1: Casper Army Airbase  by Steve Esposito. Historical photographs accompany the fascinating history of this WWII base of heavy bomber training operations. 
SIDEBAR 2: Wheels in Motion  by Taylor Johnson. The behind-the-scene story of what happens when things go wrong and how AAPRCO's special train operating team makes them right.


Roger Verbeeren Jr., sent us a batch of great photos shot during a typical day from repairing door locks to testing air brakes. It's all in a day's work. Cars include: Silver Pasco, and the Birch Grove

Ray and Scott Clauss describe their use of high-tech steam boilers with existing steam heating systems on older rail cars in an in-depth look at their extremely clever way of blending the old and the new. Required reading for anybody considering rebuilding/upgrading a car.

Bob Willetts's crew has been keeping busy at their Spencer, North Carolina location at historic Spencer Shops. Bob's notes for last quarter's work orders are illustrated with a nice selection of color photos taken both in-process and of finished work. Cars include: Crescent Harbor, Moultrie, NS Research Car No. 33, Arvonia, Homestead Pass, Warrior's Rest, Powhatan Arrow, Moonlight Dome, and the Silver Lariat.

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