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Sunshine on the nose.

Rock Island RS-3 496 pokes it’s nose out into the sunshine at La Salle street station on a cold winter day in 1962.

From left, David Hammons and Bruce Talamon in front of Hammons’s La Salle Street studio in Los Angeles in 1977. Talamon describes the image as a sort of “self portrait.” He says, “I had set up one of my Nikon’s with a motor drive and remote firing button. David is pushing the remote release button to snap the photo.” | Pboto by Bruce W. Talamon, Courtesy Bruce W. Talamon


Chicago La Salle Street Station 001 by John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library

Southern Railway steam locomotive 4501 at La Salle Street Station in Chicago for a special excursion. Rock Island 630, an EMD model E6, is to the left. Both of these locomotives have survived and are being restored.



Photo by Tom Farence


Rock Island Line variety at La Salle Street Station


August 1977 (and the old-style commuter cars in the bottom photo had no air conditioning - note the open windows!)

Photos by Tom Sink


Rock Island Line passenger trains leaving La Salle Street Station in late March 1971, as seen from Roosevelt Road. The Chicago Board of Trade rises above La Salle Street Station upper left.


March 30, 1971

Photos by Marty Bernard

Caption: “Rock Island E8 661 is ready to depart LaSalle Street Station in downtown Chicago with commuters for Joliet.”

Kodachrome slide processed in April of 1976.

Photo by John Dziobko, Jr.