Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific 938 was under steam for the very last time on 16 September 1953, just before proceeding to Chicago's LaSalle Street Station for a Press announcement of Rock Island's attaining its 100% Diesel goal. Locomotive 938 had been specially painted and striped for the event. Later in the day, 938 returned to storage at Blue Island. The accession of 4-6-2 Pacific Type Locomotive 938 marks a significant milestone for the Museum's collection, as it represents one of the most common passenger-service wheel arrangements. Photo by R. W Buhrmaster.
Illustration: ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM
"Rock Island Line".
Sung by Lonnie Donegan (1961).
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The chorus to the old song reads:
The Rock Island Line is a mighty good roadThe verses tell a humorous story about a train operator who smuggled pig iron through a toll gate by claiming all he had on board was livestock.
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was a Class I Railroad in The United States. It was also known as The Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, The Rock.