Rock Island 1964 Timetable

Just like the 1957 timetable, this one has 20 pages with its red cover on the back. But there are a lot fewer trains in this edition.

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  • Train 1 now went from Chicago to Rock Island and had no counterpart in the other direction (meaning its cars were tacked onto some other train, probably train 6, to go back to Chicago);
  • Trains 3 & 4 were still the Golden State;
  • Train numbers 5 & 6 were back, applied to the Chicago-Des Moines Des Moines Rocket;
  • Trains 7 & 8 were still the Rocky Mountain Rocket;
  • Trains 9 & 10, the Corn Belt Rocket, continued to connect Omaha with Chicago;
  • The Peoria Rockets were now numbered 11, 12, 13, & 14, and no longer used the “Jet Rocket” super-lightweight equipment;
  • Trains 15 & 16 (renumbered from 16 & 17 in 1957) still connected Minneapolis with Kansas City but were no longer called the Short Line Express;
  • The Twin Star Rocket was renumbered 17 & 18;
  • The Minneapolis-St. Louis Zephyr Rocket had lost the name and been renumbered 19-190 & 201-20;
  • The Memphis-Tucumcari Cherokee, formerly numbered 14 & 15, had lost its name and been renumbered 21 & 22–it still meets Southern Pacific train 39 & 40, no longer called the Imperial, in Tucumcari;
  • Rock Island’s own 39 & 40 still met SP’s train at Tucumcari but only went as far east as Kansas City;
  • Finally, the RDC Choctaw Rockette continued to connect Memphis and Amarillo as trains 21 & 22 but no longer used the name.

That’s it. Where the 1957 timetable had nine numbered tables of trains, this one had only six. To fill the full 20 pages, this edition used two pages, instead of one, for the system map and printed all of the tables a second time in a condensed format.


Rock Island 1964 Timetable — 1 Comment

  1. I wonder what the RI had against Lawrence, KS? The notes say that not only could you not buy a ticket from there to anywhere west of Colorado, but you couldn’t make a stopover there (out of all of RI’s other stations). Was it because of some trackage arrangement they had with the Santa Fe or UP? I looked at a historical map of Lawrence on, & it doesn’t look like RI had a direct route from Kansas City.

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