- I Majored in Physics and Minored in Rock Island by Richard Hovey
Richard Hovey's recollections of attending Central College in the sixties right alongside the ex Keokuk and Des Moines Valley (K&DV) branch of the CRI&P in Pella, Iowa. His vintage four-color and black and white photography brings rural Iowa back to life. Includes employee timetables showing the K&DV, and Oskaloosa and Keosauqua branches. His views of the railroad through rural Iowa are some of our favorites.
- Chickasha Depot Centennial by the RTR staff
The depot at Chickasha, Oklahoma, celebrated its 100th birthday. Carefully restored to its past grandeur by the good folks at the Chickasha Antique Car Club, the boys opened up their archives and got us some stunning vintage shots of the depot back in the day; and I don't mean the fifties or sixties either. This is all good stuff!
- Joliet: 1875 to 1912
Speaking of Centennial Celebrations a little closer to Mendota, Illinois, The Blackhawk Chapter of the NRHS's Bill Molony provided RTR with a pile of great stuff from Joliet, Illinois, where they are celebrating the 100-year birthday of Joliet Union Station, Sunday, October 14, 2012. We've gone to great lengths to restore some of the best antique photography of the depot we've seen; not to mention views of the CRI&P station that preceded the "High Line" project and the grand old lady. The old brick depot and the County Court House all appear to be pretty new in these turn-of-the-century views. In addition, there are some other surprise graphics.
- Classic Rock
Our look at Englewood, Illinois, continues with some great stuff that surfaced when the Don Davis Collection was donated to RTR last spring.
From the Wayne Schlimm collection, we have a killer vintage TA shot at Moline, Illinois, from the Rocket's first run to Des Moines along with a copy of a 1937 timetable ad and a souvenir cocktail napkin from the inaugural trip.
Senior Editor Dick Gill, wrote an essay after uncovering two awesome photos. One of the Grinnell, Iowa and another shot at Goodland, Kansas. Nothing BUT Classic Rock in this magazine!
- On The Job with Bob Barcus, Part Two as Edited by Philip A. Weibler
We continue the Bob Barcus interview with installment Number 2, and let me tell you it's a hoot. So many guys called, wrote or just plain told us how much they liked Bob's recollections that we've decided to carry on with the full interview. Subjects covered include: steam locomotive firing, F7 prime mover troubles, and BL2 multiple unit connections. Publisher Steve Esposito did the interview, and reading it reminds him of sitting at the kitchen table with Bob and listening to him tell it like it was.... you’ll enjoy it all.
- Rock island Modeler: Scratch Building the Keokuk, Iowa Freight House by Duncan Cameron
First time RTR author Cameron put all his knowledge of the K&D and HO-scale modeling techniques to good use as he built his version of the old CRI&P/Wabash freight house. Leveled in the early sixties, he worked from old photos to approximate the size and architectural details, creating a credible model for his K&D inspired model railroad.
- Ready to Run Review: ExactRail's Berwick 7327 Boxcar
Eric Miller gives us a good look at the newest ExactRail offering in HO-scale. Includes hard-to-find prototype diagram sheet of the blue hi-cubes.
- Rocket RPO
All the letters to the Editor that can fit on two pages.