One of two Chinese-built ‘QJ’ 2-10-2 steam locos – based on the Iowa Interstate freight railroad – has been in action this summer operating short-distance day trips to raise funds and awareness for local fire departments in towns along the railroad’s route.
Two ‘QJs’ (Nos. 6988 and 7081, built in 1985 and 1986, respectively) were imported into the USA in 2006, and are now operated via the ‘not-for-profit’ Central States Steam Preservation Association.
Iowa Interstate provides track access and financial/logistical support for the charity trips as these support its day-to-day freight operations by enhancing relations with local communities.
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