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Steam Saturday: Debut of the QJs

February 13, 2021

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

Corman QJ to Get New Kentucky Home

February 11, 2016

An R.J. Corman steam locomotive will be getting a new home in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently approved spending $193,000 to build a structure in Midway to house Chinese-built QJ-class 2-10-2 No. 2008.

CormanThe locomotive had been housed in Lexington and was used to pull the Lexington Dinner train. But that service ended in December and the railroad’s lease on the building used to maintain the QJ expired at the end of the year.

Corman must remove that building from the property by June.

No. 2008 hasn’t run since 2013 after having been assigned to dinner train operation that year. Nicknamed “Old Smoky,” the locomotive once made appearances at the annual Midway Fall Festival.

Midway officials hope that the building to house No. 2008 will be situated near United Bank, where a Louisville & Nashville caboose is display.

The building to house the steamer is expected to cost $241,000.

The QJ was built in 1986 in Datong, China, as No. 7040. R.J. Corman bought the locomotive in 2008.