Steam Saturday: Debut of the QJs

In 2006, Henry Posner III purchased QJ 2-10-2 steam locomotives No. 6988 (built in 1985) and No. 7081 (built in 1986).

The Datong Locomotive Works locomotives were shipped from China to the Iowa Interstate Railroad.

They debuted along with Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 for a series of passenger excursions in September 2006.

Shown are a few highlights of those trips. All of the images were made in September 2006.

In the top image, No. 6988 is at Rock Island, Illinois. Next up No. 6988 and the 261 are together in Rock Island.

Nos. 6988 and 7081 along with Milwaukee Road 261 are shown at Geneseo and Colona, Illinois.

Finally, QJ’s 6988 and 7081 are shown at Chapel Hill, Iowa,

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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