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July 22, 2015

From our banker comes the news that checks not drawn on USA accounts will be assessed a $25 fee. Though we doubt the validity of their claim that the Federal Reserve Bank charges them $25 for each check presented, there is no doubt in my mind that they will charge us.

So starting today Andover will not accept any checks not drawn on USA accounts. Canadian subscribers can use credit cards to purchase subscriptions. Call (815) 538-3060 (10 am-7 pm Chicago time) and we'll process your order over the phone.

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 TARDY 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 via 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 RTR V9 Nos. 3&4 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.

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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

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Out and About: Iowa Pacific including the Caritas; Creative Charters; the America; OS Mendota: the Dearing; Juniata Terminal's Warrior Ridge and Pennsylvania;


The Perks of Preservation by Tim Tennant. The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad needed a way to thank their volunteers and members for all the support in the form of donated time and donations. Friends' President and CEO Tim Tennant describes the decision making process and the trip aboard the Montana, Palm Leaf and Acoma to Klamath Falls and return. Lots of interior views of these three historic and carefully restored cars.

The Texas Special, Mid-Term Meeting by Jean Reppy. Jump aboard the Berlin at the Penn Station in New York City with Jean. Her party met the Dearing in Washington, D.C. for a trip to AAPRCO's Mid Term Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Her narrative, from a guest's perspective, makes for interesting and informative reading. Lots of photos!

The Mossbrae Daylight by Stan Garner. It's not often that private railcars play a part in natural forest preservation but the need to keep hikers off the UP's right-of-way gave a special train a purpose based in railroad safety. John Kirkwood put together the Mossbrae Daylight to take several of Dunsmuir's civic and business leaders past the the location of a proposed trail to Mossbrae Falls that will keep hikers and trains separated. Garner's account of the trip takes readers up the coast from Los Angeles to the ex-SP's Shasta Division for a trip through the pines in the mountains. Participating cars were the Pony Express, Tolani; Royal Gorge, Plaza Santa Fe and Yerba Buena.

Dunsmuir Depot, Then and Now by Steve Esposito. A quick history of Dunsmuir for those of us who have never been along the Shasta Division.

ShopTalk News and Doings from AAPRCO member shops. Truck side frame repair at Star Trak, Inc. The news from Willetts Railcar Services includes updates on pv repairs and restoration work, and on famous N&W No. 611.


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Remember the Rock, Volume 10, Nos 1-2

Tales of the Corn Belt Rocket - Bill Sibley Bill Sibley chronicles the railroad his college days at the U of I in Iowa City during the mid sixties. Bill spent enough time by the tracks to note the comings and goings of the "Corn Belt Rocket" and other passenger trains in his first RTR byline. With Franzen photos from the John Harker collection and his own snap shots Bill gives us a detailed look at the railroad's operations in it's declining years. Timetables, consists and even a list of unanswered questions, that some of you might have the answers for, are included.

Postmarked: Wichita, Kansas - Howard Runft Howard Runft tells about his experiences on the Salina Sub from 1947 to 2014. Trade your Lazy Boy for a seat under a shade tree, pour some iced tea and listen up. One of our favorite authors speaks to the trials and tribulations of growing up along side the branch line from Salina to Herrington. Vintage timetables, photos and a nice map compliment his story.

Classic Rock Fourteen, that's 14-pages of red and yellow and blue and white era photo essays. Jack Beal landed leased "sharks" in OS Goodland, Kansas; Wayne Schlimm caught a mile of new hoppers in his PICKL Clerk's diary, rounded out by "Hanging 'round Blue Island with Jim Suhs at Blue Island, Illinois.

Meet Me at the Club, Part 1 - Bill Pollard RTR Associate Editor Bill Pollard uncovered some surprising facts about the "Golden State Limited's" 6500-6504 baggage buffet cars. These cars led a long life on the railroad, regularly refurbished from heavy use and reconfigured as the public's taste for comfort and convenience became more refined. Period advertising, CRI&P diagram sheets illustrating major reconfigurations, Pullman, and Rock island interior photos; make this the definitive history of these cars.

The Rock Island Modeler, Single Stall Engine House - Duncan Cameron The Rock Island had a standard plan for single stall engine houses of various sizes. Duncan Cameron scratchbuilt the version that stands in Keokuk, Iowa, and LaSalle-Peru, Illinois, in HO-scale. Exterior prototype photos of both locations, and in-process construction photos make it easy for this model to come to life on your work bench. Rare interior photos of the LaSalle-Peru house which still stands, the yard office and fueling faculity.

The Green Lights Glow - Alar Mawdsley While looking through a newly-found reference book, Publisher Steve uncovered the story behind the wreck of the 5036 at the Cimarron River bridge in 1938. Readers will remember the photos in RTR Vol. 8 No. 2 of the big Northern being craned up and out of the mud. Now we get to find out the cause of this unusual accident, and take a gander at photos taken at the scene. Quite the story, told in the style of the day by this old-time newspaper man.

New Rails to Indianola - Steve Esposito Long-time RTR contributer Stephen Eudy submitted some photos he took in 1975 of the first train over the Indianola, Iowa Branch. In attendance were Rock Island President John Ingram, and Trustee William Gibbons the railroad officials who put the deal together that made the new track possible. Spotless blue and white paint was the order of the day, as the train of newly refurbished, older, and brand new cars traversed the line.

Through Thick and Thin - Dean Schrif From grammar school onwards, these two pals stuck together, both retiring after long careers on the Rock Island, based out of Haleyville, Oklahoma. The story of James Townsend and Louis Marzuola, two friends that started out firing steam engines, and ended their days on the railroad at the top of the seniority list is an enlightening read. Preston George steam-era photography on the Choctaw Route too.

The Rock Island Modeler, 70's Survivors - Bob Massey Just like your favorite band from back in the day... remember those late night K Tel record commercials, "Offer only available on TV!" these boxcars survived the seventies only to be preserved for perpetuity as they appeared in 1974 by HO-modeler Bob Massey. Bob describes his modeling and weathering technique accompanied by sharp photos of each car. Bring this magazine down to your work bench and get going! Includes a rebuilt troop sleeper, too.

55 Years ago in Iowa City - Dan Sweeny, Jr. The author recounts his days in Iowa City. Specifically the late fifties and early sixties. A super counterpoint to Bill Sibley's article earlier in the magazine. On the cusp of decline, the railroad was looking good and running like clockwork. Lots of Dan's snapshots, beautiful hand-drawn maps, and a chapter on the CRANDIC with a spiffy map by Tanya Anderson.

Another look at the railroad's bulkhead flat cars built in 1958. First covered by Joe Sindelar in RTR Volume 5 No. 2, with the passing of years some new detail parts have been produced by Nick Molo. Ross incorporates them into his Walthers model-based build and the results are fantastic. Sharp photos by Forrest Griggs are serious eye candy!

Rocket RPO Featuring four pages of letters from the faithful. All the news that's fit to print, and some that ain't! There's big news from Dan Sabin. The 630's in the shop, it's time to get out your checkbook!

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