Friday, April 1, 2016

Terminal Junction in Rock Island, IL: CB&Q vs. Rock Island

Doug Hefty's posting of a GodFatherRails photo had the comment:
I would presume most, if not all, of the "Godfather's" photos have been shared on here. I like this one because of the tractors in the scene. When I worked for the DRI Line/BN/BNSF in the Quad Cities, I always thought Terminal Jct in Rock Island was a pretty interesting non-interlocked maze where the DRI Line, BN, RI, and even the SOO Line (heading for the Nitrin Line) has to stop before banging across the diamonds.

I'm glad that Doug pointed out the tractors. That is too many tractors of the same type to be a dealership. There must be an IH factory in the Quad Cities as well as John Deere factories. A track diagram that Doug added as a comment reinforces the factory theory because a lead is labeled Farmall. BN would have been CB&Q and IAIS would have been Rock Island.

Doug's comment
Another comment confirms the theory: Zach Tewes That's definitely 1976. Those IH tractors are all black stripes and that's the only year they did that.

Today the BNSF and ISIA join and share trackage starting in East Moline so there are no longer any diamonds at Terminal Junction.

I checked the old aerial photos even though one normally cannot see individual tracks. But you can see the white ballast between each of the diamonds where the Q crossed the RI. I included the roundhouses as a bonus. It looks like the tower was on the south side of the junction.

1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

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