QUAD CITIES

CLASSIC PASSENGER STATIONS


THE STATIONS

The major stations serving the Quad Cities, during the golden age of passenger trains.

Rock Island Station/Davenport
Location: 5th St. and Harrison St.
Railroad: Rock Island
Building demolished.

Union Station/Davenport
Opened in 1924
Location: 102 S. Harrison St.
Railroads: Burlington Route, Milwaukee Road
Building still stands.

Rock Island Station/Rock Island
Opened in 1901
Location: 3031 5th Ave.
Railroad: Rock Island
Building still stands.

Rock Island Station/Moline
Location: 19th St. and 4th Ave.
Railroad: Rock Island
Demolished 1972.

Rock Island Station/East Moline
Location: near 9th St. and 15th Ave.
Railroad: Rock Island
Demolished 1972.

Burlington Station/Rock Island
Location: 20th St. and 2nd Ave.
Railroad: Burlington Route
Building demolished.

Burlington Station/Moline
Location: 1920 4th Ave.
Railroad: Burlington Route
Building demolished.

Milwaukee Road Station/Rock Island
Location: near 17th St. and 1st Ave.
Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Building demolished.

Milwaukee Road Station/Moline
Opened in 1900
Location: 2021 3rd Ave. (now River Dr.)
Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Building still stands.

Rock Island was the primary city and station for both the Rock Island and the Burlington Route. Times for those railroads are at Rock Island. The Milwaukee Road discontinued service in Rock Island and Moline around 1934, continuing to serve Davenport while limited to the west side of the Mississippi River. Those times are at Davenport.


ROCK ISLAND

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  6  Colorado Express      Chicago        12:30   2   1:05 am
 43  Californian           Los Angeles    12:45  39  12:35 am
 14  La Salle St. Limited  Chicago         3:20 am
  5  Colorado Express      Colorado Spr.   3:30   1   4:50 am
 44  Californian           Chicago         4:25  40   3:33 am
  4  Golden State Ltd.     Chicago         4:55 am    7:40 am
  8  Rocky Mtn. Rocket     Chicago         5:58 am    5:41 am
  9  Corn Belt Rocket      Des Moines      6:15 am    1:20 am
506  Des Moines Rocket     Chicago        10:19 am   10:15   6   6:45 am
  3  Golden State          Los Angeles     2:10 pm    4:25 pm
  7  Rocky Mtn. Rocket     Denver          4:53 pm    4:55 pm
 10  Corn Belt Rocket      Chicago         5:05 pm    5:25 pm
 22  Chicago Express       Chicago         5:10  12   5:32 pm
505  Des Moines Rocket     Des Moines      7:53 pm    8:20 pm
  1                        Allerton MO    10:10 pm
 19                        Sioux Falls    10:25 pm
 23  Omaha Limited         Omaha          11:51 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  6  Colorado Express      Colorado Spr.  12:10   2  12:45 am
 43  Californian           Chicago        12:35  39  12:15 am
 20  (Motor Train)         Sioux Falls     1:05 am
 14  La Salle St. Limited  Omaha           3:10 am
  5  Colorado Express      Chicago         3:20   1   4:20 am
 44  Californian           Los Angeles     4:15  40   3:23 am
  4  Golden State Ltd.     Los Angeles     4:45 am    7:35 am
  8  Rocky Mtn. Rocket     Denver          5:58 am    5:32 am
  9  Corn Belt Rocket      Chicago         5:55 am    1:15 am
  2                        Allerton MO     9:40 am
506  Des Moines Rocket     Des Moines     10:19 am   10:15 am
  3  Golden State          Chicago         2:00 pm    4:15 pm
  7  Rocky Mtn. Rocket     Chicago         4:53 pm    4:48 pm
 10  Corn Belt Rocket      Des Moines      4:55 pm    5:10 pm
505  Des Moines Rocket     Chicago         7:53 pm    8:15   5   9:20 pm
 19                        Chicago        10:00  11   1:00 pm
 23  Omaha Limited         Chicago        11:45 pm


Passenger service discontinued in 1978.

Rock Island did not join Amtrak, and was required to continue operation of its remaining trains beyond 1971.


BURLINGTON ROUTE

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 48  (Motor Train)         St. Louis       7:35 am    8:05 am
 51                        Savanna         8:15 am
 52                        St. Louis       7:00 pm
 47                        Savanna         9:30 pm    9:30 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 48                        Savanna         7:15 am    7:45 am
 51                        St. Louis       7:30 am
 52                        Savanna         6:30 pm
 47  (Motor Train)         St. Louis       7:30 pm    8:10 pm


Passenger service discontinued in 1961.


MILWAUKEE ROAD

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 25  Southwest Limited     Kansas City    12:18 am   11:39 pm
 26  Southwest Limited     Milwaukee       3:05 am    3:10 am
  3  (Motor Train)         Kansas City     7:35 am
 90  (mixed train)         Dixon IA        9:30 am


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 25  Southwest Limited     Milwaukee      12:13 am   11:39 pm
 26  Southwest Limited     Kansas City     2:55 am    3:05 am
 97  (mixed train)         Dixon IA        1:00 pm
  3  (Motor Train)         Kansas City     7:20 pm


Passenger service at Davenport discontinued in 1958.

Around 1934, Milwaukee Road discontinued passenger service in Rock Island and Moline.


Links/Additional Information
Abbey Station


MAPPING THE STATIONS AND RAILROADS

Links to locations of past and present stations and railroads, using Google Maps. Satellite views are also available.

The Davenport Rock Island & Northwestern Railway was jointly owned by the Milwaukee Road and Burlington Route, and some lines of both railroads used trackage of this railroad. Southwest of West Davenport, Milwaukee Road had trackage rights over Rock Island towards Kansas City.