The held its own for many years against competitors despite carrying a schedule over three hours longer.
Their profitability and patronage prompted management to launch a whole fleet of long distance Rockets.
Despite providing good service for many years and sporting stunning livery the Rocky Mountain Rocket struggled to remain competitive against the Union Pacific, Burlington, and Missouri Pacific.
In total the train covered the distance in just under 20 hours carrying an average train speed of between 55 and 58 mph.
This was an impressive speed despite the 3 hour lag behind its competitors.
The Rock series is Rock Island Armory’s most well-optioned line of 1911 pistols built in the traditional 70 series design with the addition of next level upgrades.
Like all Rock Island 1911s, each is built using 4140 ordnance steel on the industry's best CNC machines while being hand-fitted and tested to strict tolerance guidelines for unmatched quality and value.This factor, a crumbling financial record, and decreasing ridership after World War II prompted the Rock to cancel its heralded train in the mid-1960s.The Rocket trains received their name from the first steam locomotive to ever operate on the Rock Island known as the “Rocket.” The fleet has its beginnings dating to 1937 when the short, regional services began to several different cities which included the Peoria Rocket, Des Moines Rocket, Texas Rocket, Denver Rocket, and Kansas City Rocket (each named for the city it served) were completely streamlined and powered by a unique Electro-Motive Corporation TA-model diesel locomotive (forerunner to the successful E series) that pulled a four-car consist.After only 27 years of operation the Rocky Mountain Rocket was officially discontinued by the Rock Island in October of 1966.The Electro-Motive E series units were reassigned to other intercity trains or worked suburban service around Chicago.Caliber choices include 45acp, 10mm, 40 S&W and 9mm.