Posts Tagged ‘R.J. Corman Railpower’

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.

Something New on R.J. Corman in Ohio?

November 11, 2009

There may be something new to see on R.J. Corman’s operations in eastern Ohio. On Tuesday (November 3, 2009), CSX train D750 left Willard Yard with R.J. Corman Railpower Genset No. 5400 in tow.

Reportedly, the unit was to be set off at Warwick for the Corman to pick up. Speculation is that it will be assigned to the Dover-New Philadelphia area. It is not known if it will work Corman trains to Warwick/Wooster.

No. 5400 is a 2,000 horsepower Model RP20BD that was built in 2007 on a GP38 platform.

Railpower was originally a Canadian company founded in 2000 that is best known for building the Green Goat. After falling into bankruptcy, it was acquired by Corman in July 2009.

Corman reported on its website that its testing shows that one RP20BD could replace two GP9s or one GP39 and achieve a fuel savings of 31 to 39 percent as well as reduce the number of locomotives needed for a run.

Although Corman owns Railpower, which is now known as R.J. Corman Railpower, it subcontracts the assembly of its Genset locomotives. According to the Corman website, R.J. Corman Railpower is primarily an engineering firm.