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Linen postcard featuring one of six new streamlined Rock Island Rockets.

The Texas Rocket
The Texas Rocket was a named passenger train operated by the Rock Island Railroad between Fort Worth, Texas and Houston, Texas. The train began operations in 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.

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One of the new Rock Island Rockets.

The "Texas Rocket", circa 1937.

The Texas Rocket in 1937.
Texas Rocket drum head

The Texas Rocket, Fort Worth, Texas to Houston, Texas Consist

Articulated 2 car set:

    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

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Rock Island Railroad

Rock Island Rockets

Named Passenger Trains