This is a comprehensive history of a railroad that operated between Pekin, Illinois, Peoria to Rock Island with branches south of the Quad Cities. The Rock Island & Peoria Railway was eventually acquired by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific.
Inside are charts, maps, equipment rosters, drawings, timetables, locomotives and depots. This is a historical work with b&w photographs documenting the story from the early days to the end.
Contents:Introduction, 1898 Map of Illinois, pp. 4-7;The Rock Island & Peoria Rail Road Company, pp. 8-11;Coal Valley Mining Company, pp. 12-23;Building the Peoria Route, 1867-1871, pp. 24-35;Stations Along the Line, pp. 36-106;What it Was Like in the Day, pp. 107-121;The Cables of Rock Island and Their Friends, pp. 122-135;Rolling Stock, pp. 136-158;Wrecks on the RI&P, pp. 159-160.
Calvert Systems, hard cover, 162 pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x .5 in., b&w photographs, maps, illustrations and reproductions.