The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and ordered to liquidate by the bankruptcy court in June 1980. Much of the former Rock Island system in Iowa was acquired by the former Chicago and North Western Railway Co.
Some of the Rock Island's problems go way back to the late 1800s when the railroad was expanding. For a time, one of the RI's presidents (Tracy, I think) was also at …
RISE AND FALL OF A RAILROAD / Southern Pacific shaped ? The railroad business was going through very difficult times." In 1983, a much-weakened SP agreed to sell out to Chicago-based Santa Fe Industries and did sell most of …
Historic Railroad Documents? The Rock Island was an important eastern connection for the Denver Rio Grade Western until "The Rock's" decline into bankruptcy and cessation of operations in 1980. Many of the Rock's lines have been taken over by major systems or short line companies.
From the late 1930's until the 1970's the Rock Island shared the depot with the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and Pacific Railroad. Passenger service from the Rock Island Depot came to an end in May 1970 and the women's waiting room were converted into offices while the men's waiting room was used for freight storage.
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