Humor: Rock Island terrorizes its passengers


“To increase the ‘gee-whiz’ factor of the Jet Rocket (inaugurated between Chicago and Peoria in 1956) the train was delivered with a closed-circuit TV camera installed in the nose. The camera fed a television set in the lounge area. The idea was to create some excitement by giving lounge passengers a simulated cab ride. However, after the paying customers got a look at the repeated near-misses with pedestrians, school buses, gasoline tank trucks and gravel haulers at grade crossings, excitement quickly gave way to sheer terror.” Quote and photo below from Greg Stout, Route of the Rockets. Photo above from



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