F Unit to be Used by Indiana Tourist Railroad

FP9 locomotives used by an Illinois short line railroad have been sold to two different buyers, including a California locomotive dealer that will use one of them on an Indiana tourist railroad.

Keokuk Junction Railway operated the former Canadian National A-B-A set for several years, making the western Illinois railroad a popular destination for photographers.

FPA No. 1752 has been sold to Dieselmotive Company of Turlock, California, which plans to use it on the Ohio River Scenic Railway in Tell City, Indiana. The Ohio River Scenic uses 22 miles of the Hoosier Southern Railroad.

It was to move via BNSF from Keokuk, Iowa, to North St. Louis and thence over Norfolk Southern to Indiana.

Dieselmotive vice president Noah McCann said the 1752 will remain in its current livery.

“One of my sayings is paint doesn’t pull freight,” McCann said. “The scheme still looks very presentable.’’

He also said the unit is in good mechanical condition. It last operated on June 5, 2019, and has since been stored in LaHarpe, Illinois.

The other two former Keokuk Junction F units, FP9A No. 1750 and F9B No.1761, will repainted into CN colors by new owner Gary Southgate, a farmer in Battleford, Saskatchewan.

 “I have been trying to collect equipment to match the look of the Super Continental Southgate said in reference to a CN passenger train that operated between from 1954 and the late 1970s,

Southgate already owns two FP9s that he keeps at the Alberta Railway Museum.

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