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I imagine they had interchanges with all of the local railroads, including the Santa Fe, the D&RGW, and the Midland Terminal. The Rock Island roundhouse is now used by the local trolley museum, and it's located on a siding that connects directly to the Union Pacific mainline (the old D&RGW right of way).

This youtube shows (10:00) some unusual local freight traffic, looking west towards the very end of the Rock Island line. The roundhouse is in the trees at the far end.

by asdf on Tue May 8th, 2012 at 11:16:31 AM EST
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It was the Denver and Rio Grand Western at Denver, which connected to traffic from the Western Pacific.

The Rock Island line was the local railroad for many of its corridors: it was originally a granger line, primarily hauling farm commodities from the Midwest and Great Plains to feed Chicago's processing industries. Of course, that's one reason it was "a mighty fine road" ~ you want to keep a livestock train moving if you can, since the more livestock walk off the train in Chicago, the more likely you're going to keep getting that business.

As far as European significance, there's probably some cautionary tale in the sad, sorry story of the decline of the Rock into liquidation.

UP got most of the Rock corridors in liquidation, but not the line over the Missippi River Bridge from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport and then Iowa City and Des Moines on the road to Omaha.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue May 8th, 2012 at 01:04:11 PM EST
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