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Date: 06/29/20 13:38
Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: BNSF-6432

From the approaching EMD rumble to the caboose fading away to each joint, here's a look at a northbound Rock Island freight traveling through Oklahoma. I believe these were taken in Frank Tribbey's hometown of Medford, OK.

1) A quartet of pinstriped maroon EMD's (Two F's and two GP's) take lead approaching Mr. Tribbey.

2) The consist throttles up out of town with loads of coal, possibly from the southeast region of the state near the head end.

3) Some sort of special load rides on three flat cars 19 cars from the head end.








Date: 06/29/20 13:41
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: BNSF-6432

4) More miscellaneous freight towards the rear.

5) Five trailers bring up the rear ahead of the caboose, with windows open for A/C in the summer heat.

Taken by Frank Tribbey in July of 1964
PQM






Date: 06/29/20 13:57
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: ghemr

 Interesting photos, especially the gondolas converted to intermodal service at the rear of the train!



Date: 06/29/20 13:59
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: dcfbalcoS1

         Track still in pretty good shape back in the early 60's. Won't last long however.

         The odd loads back in the train may be two upright cement storage tanks belonging to Halliburton and the center car has a scale tank and I-beam frame. If this is correct it is probably going to a new bulk plant construction site and probably came from the shop in Duncan, Okla.



Date: 06/29/20 14:38
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: kevink

Pretty cool, thanks for sharing!



Date: 06/29/20 14:47
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: SCKP187

Neat sequence.
Brian Stevens



Date: 06/29/20 15:27
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Milwaukee

That entire train from the power to the caboose looks like it came right out of the Lionel model train catalog!

Thanks for sharing the great group of photos. Very interesting to see the Might Fine Line when it could legitimately use that line.



Date: 06/29/20 16:51
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: LV95032

Oh for someone to take photos of every car in that train and then the next train and the next .... What a wonderful collection that would be !
 



Date: 06/29/20 16:56
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Dick

The Rock Island in the sixties used gondolas when they were short of flats which was just about all the time as their piggyback traffic ws growing rapidly.  As far as i know these were circus loaded.
Dick Eisfeller



Date: 06/29/20 20:12
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Clarence

A C&IM box is a rare bird.
Clarence



Date: 06/29/20 21:15
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Ritzville

What a cool series! Very enjoyable!

Larry



Date: 06/30/20 00:34
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Evan_Werkema

dcfbalcoS1 Wrote:

>          Track still in pretty good shape
> back in the early 60's. Won't last long however.

Rock Island freight "beginning to end" in more ways than one.



Date: 06/30/20 01:16
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: mp51w

The two trucks at the crossing are cool too!



Date: 06/30/20 05:13
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: zr190

Dick Wrote:
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> The Rock Island in the sixties used gondolas when
> they were short of flats which was just about all
> the time as their piggyback traffic ws growing
> rapidly.  As far as i know these were circus
> loaded.
To clarify, the gons were re-built with 5th wheels in order to handle trailers.  Later they were -re-re-built to company tieservice.
zr190



Date: 06/30/20 06:51
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: Bob3985

Excellent photos.
Thanks for the memories.

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 06/30/20 06:52
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: SP8595

Incredible series!



Date: 06/30/20 08:54
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: cabman

What a great collection taken when freight trains were interesting, unlike today.  And not a single tagged car!



Date: 07/01/20 20:58
Re: Maroon Monday: A Rock Island Freight Beginning to End in 1964
Author: rrman6

A beautiful train and with NO graffiti.  Thanks for the incredible shots of better times!



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