The last steam hauled mainline passenger train
Not all of the Jitong Railway is spectacular mountain scenery and heavy grades. On the Mongolian steppe, a single QJ was enough ... (more)
The parade continues
Fifteen years ago, you didn't have to wait very long for a double headed steam train to appear somewhere in the area of Jingpeng Pass. That was a good thi... (more)
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive 6988 leads the return trip east on the first train of the day, crossing over 8th Street in Altoona pulling a passenger train being run as a benefit for local fi... (more)
Steam in the backyard
I'm sure the locals paid no attention to the passing parade of big steam on the Jitong Railway in the early 2000's. They probably had no idea that the for... (more)
Steam, sun, snow
A weak winter sun does its best to penetrate the steam emanating from the stacks of a pair of QJ's being readied for work on a bitterly cold day. Known to those few r... (more)
A pair of QJ's drift past the lower quadrant semaphores into Xiakengzi station, while another pair leave a trail of steam and smoke as the labor uphill with a maximum 2300 tonne train towards the ... (more)
The 6988 marks the rear of the second benefit run of the day as the train returns to Brooklyn.
With Henry Posner III at the throttle, Iowa Interstate 6988 leads the deadhead of the benefit train past the former Rock Island/Minneapolis & St. Louis depot as they cross the diamond with Union P... (more)
Iowa Interstate 6988 has coupled up to its train & is pulling out of the shop lead as it begins its deadhead move to Brooklyn, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 703 leads the final benefit run of the day back into Mitchellville, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 6988 leads the second benefit run of the day through the farmland between Mitchellville & Altoona, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 6988 pulls the benefit train out of the siding so the diesel can pull the train to the loading platform for the first run of the day.
Iowa Interstate 6988 returns to Mitchellville with the second of two test trips for the benefit of the Mitchellville Volunteer Fire Department the next day.