More Pages from history--the January, 1948 Rock Island Timetable
By January of 1948, the post-war boom was well underway. Long-awaited
new fleets of passenger equipment were on hand for the Rock Island, as
with most major passenger roads, and the "Rocket" fleet was near its
As with the 1937 timetable found elsewhere on this site;
this document is an effort to preserve and share a small part
of the Rock Island's history through the pages of the railroad's
January 1948 passenger timetable.
NOTE: These are large JPEG files--50k to 190k each!
We wanted to provide as much quality as possible, and make it possible
to read the fine print common to railroad timetables. Some Web browsers
may choke on very large graphic files--older browsers and systems with
limited memory in particular. You may wish to download these and
view them offline. They print nicely on laser and inkjet printers.
Pages From the January, 1948 timetable. . .
--The artwork was used at least as early as October, 1944, so the
passenger locomotives are undoubtedly the prewar EA3's and EA6's;
the freight diesel an FT.
Back cover --
Announcing the New Golden State! Extra Fine! Extra Fast! Extra Fare!
Inside pages. . .
Page 2 and page 3 -- Your friendly Rock Island passenger and freight representatives,
waiting to serve you. . .
Page 4 and page
5 -- Index of stations.
Page 6 and page
7 -- Equipment lists for RI through passenger trains.
Page 8 -- Condensed schedules for the Golden
Page 9 and page
10 -- Condensed schedules for other principal Rock Island services.
Page11 -- A map of downtown Chicago, a mention
of the convenient connection at Englewood, and several
small ads, including one for the "new Rail Travel Card".
Page 12 -- Rocket schedules. "The ROCKETS
serve important mid-western routes of the Rock Island Lines"
Page 13 -- Detailed instructions for making
Page 14 and page
15 -- Detailed schedules for Chicago-Colorado service.
Page 16 and page
17 -- Detailed schedules for the Golden State Route (Chicago-California).
Page 20 and page
21 -- Twin Cities-Texas service.
Page 22 and page
23 -- The "Choctaw Route" -- Memphis to Tucumcari, NM, and Arkansas
and Louisiana local service.
Page 24 -- St. Louis and Kansas City to Colorado
Page 25 -- The Zephyr Rockets--joint service
with the Burlington from Chicago and St. Louis to Cedar Rapids, St. Paul,
Page 26 -- Illinois and Iowa local lines,
including the Chicago suburban territory. Note that some lines were
beginning to acquire the dreaded "Freight Service Only" label.
Page 27 -- Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota lines.
Page 28 -- Missouri,
Kansas and Nebraska lines.
Page 29 -- Arkansas and Oklahoma
Page 30 -- Texas lines.
Page 31 -- "General
Information" - The fine print.
Page 32 and Page 33 -- "One
Way and Round Trip Rail Fares - Sleeping and Parlor Car Charges".
Page 34 -- A table for computing tourist and
standard sleeping car fares.
A Word from Our Sponsor. . .
Page 35 -- Ads for the Corn Belt and
Rocky Mountain Rockets
Miscellaneous. . .
System Map --
A portion of the system map from the 1948 timetable, pages 18 and 19. All
RI lines are shown.
Comments, corrections, and additions
are always welcome!
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