Rock Island streamliners' appearance in Chicago cancelled

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The Rock Island locomotives were originally built in the 1940s to power the railroad’s premiere 'Rocket' trains
Rob Schriener
CHICAGO – An appearance at LaSalle Street Station by two historic streamlined Rock Island diesels — E8 No. 652 and E6 No. 630 — during Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765’s Joliet Rocket event Sept. 15 and 16 has been cancelled.

Mechanical issues undetected until an inspection by one of the four railroads handling the units will prevent their participation, officials with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said Thursday. Repairs cannot be made in time for the move.

Trains Magazine was a co-sponsor the movement of the engines to Chicago and also planned to sponsor a night photo session on Sept. 15. Tickets for the night photo have been refunded and participants offered a discount on platform access passes at LaSalle Street during No. 765’s twice daily visits.

A limited number of tickets for Joliet Rocket excursions are still available at www.fortwaynerailroad.org.

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