YourToyTrains is so passionate about Model Trains we add the HISTORY of every product on our Product Page.For example, the Lionel O Scale 6-27083 PS-2 Hopper Car Rock Island has this added as part of the Product Description:
Road Name and History:
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad: In 1847 the Rock Island & LaSalle Railroad was incorporated to build a railroad between those cities. By 1854 Rock Island had a through route from Chicago to Rock Island, where the Rock Island built the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River. In 1856 a steamboat mysteriously rammed into the bridge and it burst into flames- in a long court battle (the steamboat company argued the bridge was a hazard to navigation)) in 1866 the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the railroad. In 1866 the name of the company was changed to the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Over the years the Rock Island greatly expanded, reaching Denver in 1889, Fort Worth in 1893, in 1902 a connection was constructed to the Southern Pacific Railroad at Santa Rosa,,NM, and in 1904 the railroad created a through route from Memphis to Santa Rosa by filling in some gaps. In 1913 a route to Minneapolis/St. Paul had been purchased. By the early 20th Century Rock Island operated a large rail system serving much of the Midwest and Southwest. The CRI &P went bankrupt in 1915, emerging in 1917. Poor management- high dividends and less maintenance- and the Depression resulted in bankruptcy in 1933 which emergence occurring in 1948. Rock Island, by now a weak sister in the territory it served, became the victim of a long struggle as the Union Pacific battled other railroads for control of the CRI&P. By 1974 a deteriorating physical plant caused the UP to lose interest, and as conditions worsened the Rock Island was shut down in 1980. Many of its former routes are now operated by Union Pacific or BNSF Railway.
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