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Rock Island Rockets (1937)
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Rockets were lightweight, streamlined diesel-electric passenger trains built by the Budd Company. These six trains were the first streamlined equipment purchased by the Rock Island, as well as being its first diesel-powered passenger trains. Four of the trains consisted of 3 cars each, the other two each had 4 cars.

The stainless steel trains were each powered by an Electro-Motive Corporation model TA locomotive. Unlike many other early streamlined trains, the locomotives were not permanently attached to the trains.

The trains were partially articulated, however the observation cars were not articulated with the rest of the trainsets.
The six trains as originally assigned were:

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The Rocky Mountain Rocket at Englewood on April 21,1965. The later version was quite different from the original train of 1937.   Photo by Roger Puta.

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The Peoria Rocket.
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The Peoria Rocket.

The Rocky Mountain Rocket at Englewood on April 21,1965. Photo by Roger Puta.
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The Peoria Rocket
Chicago, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois
Articulated 3 car set plus observation car:
32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 400 Joliet
60 seat coach No. 306 Ottawa
76 seat coach No. 300 La Salle
32 seat, 1 drawing room, parlor, buffet, observation car No. 450 Peoria

The Des Moines Rocket

Chicago, Illinois to Des Moines, Iowa
Articulated 3 car set plus observation car:
32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 401 Norman Judd
60 seat coach No. 307 Grenville Dodge
76 seat coach No. 301 Henry Farnum
32 seat, 1 drawing room, parlor, buffet, observation car No. 451 L M Allen

The Texas Rocket

Fort Worth, Texas to Houston, Texas
Articulated 2 car set plus observation car:
32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 402 Dream Lake
76 seat coach No. 302 Mesa Verde
28 seat coach, lounge, observation car No. 452 Centennial

The Rocky Mountain Rocket

Kansas City, Missouri to Denver, Colorado
Articulated 2 car set plus observation car:
32 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 403 Bear Lake
76 seat coach No. 303 Mount Evans
28 seat coach, lounge, observation car No. 453 Pikes Peak

The Kansas City Rocket

Minneapolis, Minnesota to Kansas City, Missouri (2 trainsets)
Articulated 2 car set plus observation car:
18 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 404 Arrow Head
76 seat coach No. 304 Chippewa
28 seat coach, lounge, observation car No. 454 Minnesota
Articulated 2 car set plus observation car:
18 seat Baggage-dinette-coach No. 405 Mesabi
76 seat coach No. 305 Ioway
28 seat coach, lounge, observation car No. 455 Missouri