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All photos by Ron Goodenow. Reproduction without Ron's permission is prohibited.
Here's a shot of "Rock Island #10, the Corn Belt Rocket", taken near Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967. This train was an old standby for college students at Grinnell and the U of Iowa, and when I first started riding it in 1959, had a superb dining car [with excellent wine list] and lounge, and wizzed though the countryside between Grinnell and Iowa City at speeds of 100+mph, reaching Chicago in time to catch an overnighter back East. By 1967 it was getting to be pretty dog-eared and run down, with a schedule that got it into the Windy City too late for connections. Soon it would be gone altogether, and I don't think a scheduled passenger train has plied that route since well before Amtrak. I'm not sure who owns the right of way now, maybe the Iowa Central. --Ron
Train #32, a single RDC, ran from Montreal down through Wells River and on to White River Junction, Vermont, where it connected with 'The Ambassador', another train from Montreal that went through Montpelier Junction and on to New York. #32 then traversed very scenic rail, now torn up, down to Concord, New Hampshire, and into Boston. I photographed it heading away from me on a beautiful autumn day in 1964.
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