The Chicago ,Rock Island & Pacific railroad was
very "Bankrupt" when they had pulled the plug
and went out of business in the winter of 1980.
I photographed a few of their old 1920's era commuter coaches and a derelict steam locomotive at the Illinois Railway Museum, as
well as the old Seneca Illinois station, and a
blue Rock Island covered hopper still rolling around in Franklin Park Illinois in December
of the year 2006.
Although I never had the privelidge to actually photograph the Rock Island Railroad on the southeast side of Chicago back in the 1970's, I had bought a small collection of picture postcards of this railroad, while visiting the gift shops at some of the different railroad museums,and local post card / stamp collectors shows I attended.
The EMD locomotive seen here, is in the Rock Islands last color scheme from the mid 1970's.