AMERICA'S STREAMLINERS

ROCK ISLAND LINES

(POST WW II)

Added to the Rocket fleet after the war were the Corn Belt Rocket, which had the unusual schedule of operating during the daytime eastbound and overnight westbound. The one assigned sleeper operated eastbound via the Rocky Mountain Rocket instead. Also added was the Twin Star Rocket. In 1950, the Golden State finally became a streamliner. A new streamliner had been proposed for the route in 1947, to be known as the "Golden Rocket". But the plan was cancelled, with a single consist having been constructed for ownership by the Rock Island, and cars subsequently assigned to the Golden State. These problems, along with possible lack of agreement between the two railroads involved, resulted in a lack of uniformity for the five required sets of equipment. Rock Island furnished three observation cars, while Southern Pacific furnished two mid train lounge cars for the two other consists. Southern Pacific also furnished five 10 roomette 6 bedroom sleepers, two of which were designed for operation at the rear of the train, for the two consists without observation cars. Also, four consists had a 12 bedroom sleeper, while one consist had a 22 roomette sleeper. Two 12 bedroom sleepers and the 22 roomette sleeper were originally acquired by Rock Island for the Golden Rocket. While Southern Pacific later acquired two more 12 bedroom sleepers.


Only streamlined trains and the most important stations are shown.


October, 1951   #501        #3        #7      #505      #503       #23
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Chicago         10:35 am   1:20 pm   1:55 pm   5:00 pm   7:00 pm   8:05 pm
Peoria           1:10 pm  -----     -----     -----      9:40 pm  -----
Rock Island     -----      4:30 pm   4:53 pm   7:53 pm  -----     11:40 pm
Des Moines      -----     -----      7:55 pm  11:00 pm  -----      3:50 am
Omaha           -----     -----     11:06 pm  -----     -----      7:25 am
Phillipsburg    -----     -----      2:35 am  -----     -----     -----
Limon           -----     -----      6:51 am  -----     -----     -----
Denver          -----     -----      8:25 am  -----     -----     -----
Colorado Spr.   -----     -----      8:35 am  -----     -----     -----
Kansas City     -----     11:00 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Herington       -----      2:00 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
Liberal         -----      6:40 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
Tucumcari       -----      9:30 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
El Paso         -----      3:30 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Douglas         -----      7:00 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Tucson          -----      9:30 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Phoenix         -----     11:55 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Yuma            -----      2:10 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
Los Angeles     -----      7:35 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
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October, 1951     #8      #502        #4      #506      #504       #10
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Los Angeles     -----     -----      1:30 pm  -----     -----     -----
Yuma            -----     -----      7:35 pm  -----     -----     -----
Phoenix         -----     -----     10:35 pm  -----     -----     -----
Tucson          -----     -----     12:55 am  -----     -----     -----
Douglas         -----     -----      3:25 am  -----     -----     -----
El Paso         -----     -----      7:15 am  -----     -----     -----
Tucumcari       -----     -----      2:49 pm  -----     -----     -----
Liberal         -----     -----      6:08 pm  -----     -----     -----
Herington       -----     -----     10:39 pm  -----     -----     -----
Kansas City     -----     -----      1:50 am  -----     -----     -----
Colorado Spr.   12:45 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Denver           1:00 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Limon            2:40 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Phillipsburg     7:18 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Omaha           11:59 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     11:30 am
Des Moines       2:46 am  -----     -----      7:15 am  -----      2:15 pm
Rock Island      5:46 am  -----      8:30 am  10:15 am  -----      5:28 pm
Peoria          -----      7:00 am  -----     -----      3:00 pm  -----
Chicago          8:50 am   9:40 am  11:45 am   1:15 pm   5:45 pm   8:30 pm
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(Tucumcari-Los Angeles via Southern Pacific)

GOLDEN STATE (#3-#4)
(required 5 sets/two basic configurations assigned)

(configuration with 3 sets)

Coach                 Chicago-Los Angeles
Coach                 Chicago-Los Angeles
Coach                 Minneapolis-Los Angeles
Coffee Shop Lounge    Chicago-Los Angeles
Diner                 Chicago-Los Angeles
12BR Sleeper          Chicago-Los Angeles
10R/6BR Sleeper       Chicago-Los Angeles
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper     Chicago-Phoenix
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper     Minneapolis-Los Angeles
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    St. Louis-Los Angeles
2BR/1DR Observation   Chicago-Los Angeles

(configuration with 2 sets)

Coach                 Chicago-Los Angeles
Coach                 Chicago-Los Angeles
Coach                 Minneapolis-Los Angeles
Coffee Shop Lounge    Chicago-Los Angeles
Diner                 Chicago-Los Angeles
Lounge                Chicago-Los Angeles
12BR or 22R Sleeper   Chicago-Los Angeles
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    Chicago-Phoenix
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper     Minneapolis-Los Angeles
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    St. Louis-Los Angeles
10R/6BR Sleeper       Chicago-Los Angeles

CARS ASSIGNED TO GOLDEN STATE

Baggage               RI 852-853 (PS 1947)
Baggage Mail          RI 802-804 (PS 1947)
Baggage Dorm          RI 820 (PS 1947)
Baggage Dorm          SP 3100 (PS 1949)
48 Seat Coach         RI 339-349 (PS 1947)
44 Seat Coach         SP 2377-2378 (Budd 1950)
44 Seat Coach         SP 2399-2401 (PS 1949)
Coffee Shop Lounge    RI 410-412 (PS 1947)
Coffee Shop Lounge    SP 10402-10404 (PS 1949)
Diner                 RI 425-428 (PS 1947)
Diner                 SP 10206-10208 (PS 1949)
Lounge                SP 2984-2985 (PS 1949)
12BR Sleeper          RI La Jolla/La Palma (PS 1947)
12BR Sleeper          SP Golden Orange/Golden Poppy (PS 1950)
22R Sleeper           RI La Costa (PS 1947)
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    RI La Quinta (PS 1947)
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    SP 206-216 (PS 1942)
4BR/4C/2DR Sleeper    SP 217-220 (PS 1940)
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper     SP 500-512 (PS 1942)
10R/6BR Sleeper       SP Golden Sun/Golden Crescent/Golden Star (PS 1950)
10R/6BR Sleeper       SP Golden Dawn/Golden Wave (PS 1950)
2BR/1DR Observation   RI La Mirada/Golden Vista/Golden Divan (PS 1947)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROCKET (#7-#8)
(required 2 sets)

(sleeping cars built by Pullman-Standard in 1939)
(other cars built by Budd in 1939)
(Additional cars built by Pullman-Standard in 1947)

Baggage                    850/851
52 Seat Coach              308 - Dream Lake/310 - Longs Peak
52 Seat Coach              309 - Bear Lake/311 - James Peak
68 Seat Coach              323-338 (from series) (PS 1947)
Dorm Coffee Shop Lounge    375 - Mesa Verde/376 - Pikes Peak (to Col. Spr.)
Diner Lounge               420 - Mount Evans/421 - Centennial
10S/4R Sleeper             Odessa Lake/Lawn Lake
8S/2BR/2C Sleeper          Garden of the Gods/Grand Mesa (to Col. Spr.)
5BR Buffet Observation     Phantom Valley/Thunder Mountain

PEORIA ROCKET (#501-#502-#503-#504)
(required 1 set)

(all cars built by Budd in 1937)

Baggage Dinette            400 - Joliet
60 Seat Coach              306 - Ottawa
76 Seat Coach              300 - La Salle
Parlor Lounge Observation  450 - Peoria

DES MOINES ROCKET (#505-#506)
(required 1 set)

(all cars built by Budd in 1937)

Baggage Dinette            401 - Norman Judd
60 Seat Coach              307 - Grenville Dodge
76 Seat Coach              301 - Henry Farnam
Parlor Lounge Observation  451 - L. M. Allen

CORN BELT ROCKET (#10-#23)
(required 2 sets)

(all cars built by Budd in 1937)

68 Seat Coaches            323-338 (from series)
8DUP/6R/4BR Sleeper        Granger/Plainsman (eastbound on #8 instead)
Parlor Diner Observation   456 - Nebraska/457 - Great Lakes

October, 1951   #509      #507       #62
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Minneapolis     -----     12:01 pm   5:00 pm
St. Paul        -----     12:25 pm   5:30 pm
Manly           -----      2:43 pm   8:05 pm
Des Moines      -----      5:03 pm  -----
Kansas City      9:00 am   9:45 pm  -----
Topeka          10:05 am  10:52 pm  -----
Wichita         12:44 pm   1:43 am  -----
El Reno          3:30 pm   4:30 am  -----
Oklahoma City    4:05 pm  -----     -----
Fort Worth      -----      8:20 am  -----
Dallas          -----      9:25 am  -----
Teague          -----     11:11 am  -----
Houston         -----      1:35 pm  -----
Cedar Rapids    -----     -----     10:50 pm
Burlington      -----     -----      1:35 am
Hannibal        -----     -----      4:37 am
St. Louis       -----     -----      7:58 am
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October, 1951   #508      #510       #61
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St. Louis       -----     -----      5:00 pm
Hannibal        -----     -----      7:25 pm
Burlington      -----     -----     10:55 pm
Cedar Rapids    -----     -----      1:20 am
Houston          5:00 pm  -----     -----
Teague           7:17 pm  -----     -----
Dallas           9:10 pm  -----     -----
Fort Worth      10:05 pm  -----     -----
Oklahoma City   -----     12:01 pm
El Reno          2:03 am  12:45 pm  -----
Wichita          4:42 am   3:24 pm  -----
Topeka           7:26 am   6:00 pm  -----
Kansas City      9:10 am   7:15 pm  -----
Des Moines       1:14 pm  -----     -----
Manly            3:30 pm  -----      4:13 am
St. Paul         6:00 pm  -----      7:10 am
Minneapolis      6:30 pm  -----      8:00 am
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TWIN STAR ROCKET (#507-#508)
(required 3 sets)

68 Seat Coach               323-338 (from series) (PS 1947) (MSP-LA)
68 Seat Coach               323-338 (from series) (PS 1947)
68 Seat Coach               323-338 (from series) (PS 1947)
68 Seat Coach               323-338 (from series) (PS 1947)
Diner                       422-424 (Budd 1942)
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper           SP 500-512 (from series) (PS 1942) (MSP-LA)
6S/6R/4BR Sleeper           ? (Kansas City-Houston)
8DUP/6R/4BR Sleeper         Northern Lakes/Gulf Coast/North Woods (PS 1948)
Parlor Lounge Observation   456-458 (PS 1947)

OKLAHOMA ROCKET (#509-#510)
(required 2 sets)

(all cars built by Budd in 1937)

Baggage Dinette             402 - Cherokee Strip   /403 - Cimarron River
76 Seat Coach               302 - Sunflower State  /303 - Chisholm Trail
Coach Parlor Observation    452 - Lone Star        /453 - Sooner State

ZEPHYR ROCKET (#61-#62)
(required 2 sets)

(all lightweight cars built in 1940/RI cars by PS/CB&Q cars by Budd)
(all sleepers and RI baggage cars were heavyweight)
("Silver" cars and "Minneapolis" and "Zephyr Tower" owned by CB&Q)

Baggage Mail                500                    /1601 - Silver Mail
Baggage                     861                    /902  - Silver Express
52 Seat Coach               312 - Waterloo         /4709 - Silver Castle
10S/3BR Sleeper             Cedar Rapids           /Minneapolis
8S/1DR/3BR Sleeper          Rocket Tower           /Zephyr Tower
Diner Parlor Observation    433 - St. Paul         /432 - St. Louis

#51       October, 1951  #52
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 9:00 am  Memphis         7:05 pm
11:35 am  Little Rock     4:30 pm
 2:45 pm  Booneville      1:24 pm
 8:25 pm  Shawnee         8:56 am
10:00 pm  Oklahoma City   8:00 am
11:00 pm  El Reno         6:15 am
 2:35 am  Sayre           1:42 am
 6:30 am  Amarillo        9:30 pm
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CHOCTAW ROCKET (#51-#52)
(required 2 sets)

Baggage Mail                (heavyweight) /(heavyweight)
68 Seat Divided Coach       350 - Amarillo/351 - Oklahoma City
8S/5BR Sleeper              Seminole      /Wewoka
Diner Parlor Observation    430 - Memphis /431 - Little Rock