Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train at El Reno, OK

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Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train at El Reno, OK June 10,1978

On my move to Texas, I spent the night in El Reno, OK hoping to catch something on the Rock Island the next day. On the morning of June 10, 1978, train 30 for Memphis is leaving the yard and is crossing the bridge over Fourmile Creek.

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train on weed covered right of way

This line was built by the Choctaw Oklahoma and Gulf Railway and acquired by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1904. The Harahan Bridge into Memphis was completed in 1916. The railroad had been using trackage rights into Memphis since 1904.

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Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train for Memphis at El Reno, OK

In 1939, the Rock Island added 28 US&S color light signals between El Reno and Oklahoma City 23 miles. By 1978 the track conditions were poor, as you can see by all of the weeds on the right of way, so I had no trouble getting ahead of the train for another couple shots. The first two units numbers are 4352 and 331. Engine 4352 carries the name John W. Ingram. He was the railroad president in 1974 and 1975. Disk 86

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