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Rock Island Westward Vol. 3: Western Division Freight Service, 1930-1952
Rock Island Westward Vol. 3: Western Division Freight Service, 1930-1952

Rock Island Westward Vol. 3: Western Division Freight Service, 1930-1952

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Stock Number: spp731
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Feature: softcover
Feature: Thomas R. Lee
Feature: South Platte Press, 2016
Manufacturer Number: 978-0990876731

Written by the late Tom Lee, this is the third and final volume by the author on the history of the Rock Island Railroad’s Western Division, which extended west from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to both Denver and Colorado Springs.

This brief book, based on a manuscript which the author had prepared prior to his death in 2014, presents freight train operations on the Western Division between 1930 and 1952. This time frame corresponds to Rock Island service during the Great Depression, World War II and the postwar end of steam power. This book includes authoritative text on Rock Island freight operations across the division, plus historical photographs by noted rail photographers Otto Perry and Richard Kindig. This is a complementary companion piece to earlier volumes in the series.

Contents:

Preface, pp. 4-5;

Introduction and Acknowledgements, pp. 6-7;

Faster Schedules, But Depression, pp. 8-10;

Main Tracker Operations on the Rock Island, pp. 11-13;

Western Division Tonnage Ratings in the 1930s, pp. 14-15;

Farrington Salvages the Western Division, 1936-1940, pp. 16-24;

World War II Traffic, 1941-1945, pp. 25-31;

Postwar Changes, 1946-1952, pp. 32-40.

South Platte Press, softcover, 40 pages, 30 B&W illustrations, coated paper. ISBN 978-0-9908767-3-1

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