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Re: [CBQ] Help In ID'ing Photograph

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Help In ID'ing Photograph
From: "Louis Zadnichek via" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:51:37 +0000 (UTC)
November 11, 2020

Bill - The more I look into this, I'm more inclined to believe that the image is correctly ID'd as being at Davenport, but incorrectly ID'd as to railroad.  I'm now of the opinion that the two passenger trains shown are indeed Rock Island, not Q.  That's the only plausible explanation for the "St. Joe Train One Day Late" written on the photograph.  This Rock Island advertisement from that time period shows that there was daily overnight "Chicago Fast Express" passenger service between St. Joe and Chicago that would've passed through Davenport:


The depot in the photograph is lacking both the trainshed and tower as found at St. Joe.  Since both 4-4-0's are "generic" and too far away to clearly ID as Q, I think the preponderance of evidence is that they're Rock Island. But, it's possible that one train might be Q and the other the late Rock Island one, assuming that the Q and Rock both used the same depot in Davenport. Thanks to everyone who contributed to further ID'ing this image - Louis

Louis Zadnichek II

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From: William Hirt <whirt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 6:44 pm
Subject: Re: [CBQ] Help In ID'ing Photograph

This is the St. Joe depot (1909) from the Flickr archive:
It's looks similar to what is in Louis's photo, but the train shed over the tracks is missing and the bell tower does not match.
Bill Hirt
On 11/10/2020 12:24 PM, jpslhedgpeth via wrote:
that "could be" St. Joe UD.   Yes Louis that would have been close to my seniority date.  I think that there was a sizeable UD at St. Joe before the one I knew. but the "location" and the tracks and the background to the right would be OK.  The trains are headed south as things lay..or is it lie  today.


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From: Louis Zadnichek via
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Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2020 12:08 pm
Subject: Re: [CBQ] Help In ID'ing Photograph

November 10, 2020
Pete - I've reattached the "mystery" photo that might be St. Joe or Davenport around 1900.  Say, didn't you hire on about that time..... - Louis
Louis Zadnichek II
Fairhope, AL
In a message dated 11/10/2020 11:58:28 AM Central Standard Time, writes:

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