Train Action of the "Quad Cities" & "Peorian" & Rock Island System The Films of Roger M. Koenig Volume 4
FROM SUPER 8 FILM WITH ORIGINAL SOUND
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was so impoverished when Amtrak started up in May 1971 that it could not afford to turn its long distance trains over to the new national passenger system. Instead, its four long distance intrastate trains; the two "Quad Cities" to and from Moline on the main line and the "Peorian" serving the Peoria Branch, continued to roll in and out of Chicago's deteriorating LaSalle Street Station even as the terminal had its train shed roof removed and the daily trains became shorter and shorter.
These were all that remained of the once-proud Rock Island Rockets that included the Rocky Mountain Rocket to Denver and Colorado Springs, and a timetable full of other trains. Some fans still referred to the remaining trains by their earlier Rocket names.
Meanwhile Metra, the Chicago Commuter Rail Service Authority, took over responsibility for the suburban trains run over the tracks of the Rock Island and most other Chicago land railroads. Roger Koenig was there with his Super Eight sound movie camera recording the slow decline of the Quad Cities and Peorian, and the Rock Island system.