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06-15-2006, 05:56 PM

CN, KCS place orders for more than 100 locomotives
Today, Canadian National Railway Co. announced it will acquire 50 4,300-horsepower SD70M-2locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD).
To be delivered in 2001ís second half, the locomotives will help CN handle intermodal traffic to and from a Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, terminal, scheduled to open next year. CN wil move containers from Prince Rupert to Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Memphis, Tenn.
CN is acquiring the locomotives under an option it obtained in April 2005, when the Class I ordered 25 SD70M-2s from EMD.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Southern announced it will acquire 30 ES44AC locomotives from GE - Transportation and 30 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD. The GE locomotives will be delivered by early 2007 and EMD locomotives, by third-quarter 2007.

The acquisition is the first phase of a five-year plan to acquire more efficient, environmentally friendly locomotives. KCS plans to replace every three older locomotives with two newer ones.

Chinese Imports
BNSF transports Asian steam locomotives to Illinois for RDC

This week, BNSF Railway Co., in conjunction with Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. and Houston's Port Terminal Railroad Association, is moving two Chinese steam locomotives from Houston to Rock Island, Ill., where they'll be tested for Federal Railroad Administration compliance.

The QJ 2-10-2 locomotives were purchased by Railroad Development Corp. (RDC), a private rail management and investment company that owns or has financial interests in railroads in Argentina, Peru, Estonia, Mozambique, Malawi and the United States, including Iowa Interstate. RDC officials believe the locomotives could be placed in service by a regional or tourist railroad
The locomotives, one of which was the world's last regularly scheduled mainline steam passenger train, arrived in the Houston port last weekend.

06-15-2006, 10:56 PM
thanks J for sharing these nice informations.
im really very curious to see the new locos and the chinese steam locos in the american railroads.
so what about the speed and ability of these steam locos in pulling passenger cars?

06-16-2006, 01:13 AM
You can see many photographs of them on this website using the search engine and typing QJ in the key word field. Herer's an example.

According to the following website, a general rule of thumb is that the speed of a steam locomotive in miles per hour equals the diameter of the driving wheels in inches. Based on the photograph above, perhaps the wheels are about 70 inches in diamerer or just under six feet. That would indicate the locomotive was capable of 70 mph. You can get an idea of the pulling power (tractive effort) of these locomotives but looking at the types of trains they are handling in the photographs. Of course, we don't know what types of grades those trains are encountering.


Gordon Graham
06-16-2006, 06:18 AM
Thanks for sharing these good news .

Both ES44AC/DC and SD70ACe/M-2 are my favourite locos !

I even don't know two of our QJs have been exported
and arrived at the US ...

Nice to see the new paint and number of these Chinese steams !

06-16-2006, 12:49 PM
i have also another question about the chinese steam locos.
are these 2 locos hired from chinese railways for alimited time or bought by the company that will run them?
and if they were bought what is the price of each unit of them?

06-16-2006, 03:43 PM
Railroad Development Corporation bought the locomotives. Don't know the price. Here is the website of this interesting company:


Gordon Graham
06-17-2006, 02:26 AM
I am sure all the things in China are always cheap .

06-22-2006, 02:44 AM
In case you missed it, here's a photograph of a Chinese locomotive from June 21 in Houston.


06-22-2006, 05:29 AM
I think the real question on everyone's mind is which way on the IAIS will they run the QJ on the test run.

*Crosses fingers and hopes for Chicago*

06-22-2006, 05:50 AM
Also of note in this thread:

Metrolink and UTA (an upstart commuter line) have each ordered 11 new MPI locomotives (seen on caltrain, Metra, and Railrunner... on order by GO) in a conjunctive order, set for delivery in 07 and 08, they also have an option for 45 more.

08-31-2006, 05:32 PM
From August 31 regarding a test of one of National Railway Equipment's "Gen Set" locomotives on the Pacific Harbor Line (LA / Long Beach). Mt Vernon is the former home of Precision National (Precision Engineering) - one of the early diesel rebuilder / leasing companies.

NREC's New N-ViroMotive Ultra-Low Emissions Locomotive Pull Test Impresses Observers
Wednesday August 30, 9:00 am ET
MT. VERNON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2006--National Railway Equipment Co. (NREC) announced today that in a recent parallel pull test at Port of Los Angeles, its new ultra-low emissions N-ViroMotive(TM) GenSet locomotive achieved adhesion performance levels of a 6-axle SD18 switch engine with 400 less horsepower and two fewer axles and traction motors. According to officials at the test, this was the first time a four-axle GenSet locomotive has ever been tested against the pulling power of a larger, higher horsepower six-axle locomotive.
James M. Wurtz, Jr., NREC vice president marketing & sales, said, "It's one thing to compare a more fuel efficient, ultra-low emissions GenSet locomotive to a similarly sized conventional four axle locomotive; however the implications with this tractive effort pull is that a smaller, significantly more fuel efficient 1400 hp four axle switcher locomotive weighted at 258,000 pounds accomplished the same work as a much larger 1800 hp road service six axle locomotive weighted at 360,000 pounds. Ratios of horsepower to adhesion, fuel savings and emissions go off the charts when compared to the results of traditional head to head pulls of similarly sized locomotives."
The test compared NREC's new N-ViroMotive 2GS-14B GenSet locomotive to a conventional six-axle SD18 locomotive pulling a 126 unit double-stack container train (6,215 tons, 7,713 ft. long) 1.8 miles from the Terminal Island dock through a series of 8 degree curves and switches up a final ascending grade of 1.08% for 2700 feet over Badger bridge down to the Long Beach switch.
Dave Davies, an NREC executive account manager at the test, said, "The final comments from Pacific Harbor Lines (PHL) engineers & personnel present were that the NREC GenSet locomotive exceeded expectations and virtually matched the heavier conventional locomotive for this test. Most impressive were the comments about how well the NREC locomotive held the rail and did not encounter wheel slip." Davies also indicated that no sand was applied to the rail during the test.
National Railway Equipment Co. is a locomotive provider to railroads with its headquarters in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. In 1980, NREC began providing quality locomotive equipment and services to the railroad industry in the U.S. and worldwide. NREC subsidiaries and affiliates include locations in Dixmoor, Silvis, Mt. Vernon and Yorktown, Illinois; NRE Wheelworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; VMV in Paducah, Kentucky; NRE Power Systems in Houma, Louisiana and NREC-ALCO Company, Ltd. with offices in Capreol, Ontario, and Adelaide NSW Australia.
Contact: NREC Jim Wurtz, 800-253-2905

05-30-2007, 02:27 PM
Understand that Railroad Development Corporation is arranging for a third 2-10-2 locomotive to be imported for RJ Corman / Kentucky Lilnes.

Gordon Graham
05-30-2007, 02:51 PM
Will it be the same Chinese model (I think it should be...) ? And why don't they purchase together ? The shipping cost is really too large , it is not a G-Scale model ...

08-18-2008, 06:04 PM
Flood Relief 8/15/2008
Iowa Interstate to break out steam locomotives for Salvation Army benefit
After suffering track damage from heavy floods in June, Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) will offer some relief to Iowa and Illinois communities that also were impacted by the flooding.
On Oct. 18-19, IAIS will operate two steam locomotives owned by parent Railroad Development Corp. (RDC) during special events organized to benefit The Salvation Army's flood-relief efforts. The city of Rock Island, Ill., is hosting and coordinating various rail-oriented events over the course of the two days.
On Oct. 18, a double-headed freight train will travel from Iowa City, Iowa, to Rock Island in an attempt to set a new record for steam-hauled revenue tonnage. IAIS will split the locomotives in Rock Island and operate passenger excursion shuttles east to Silvis, Ill., and west to Walcott, Iowa. At night, the railroad will provide a private evening dinner trip for special guests catered by RDC "celebrity chefs" from Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Peru and Guatemala.
On Oct. 19, IAIS will operate a one-way limited excursion train from Rock Island to Iowa City, then return the steam locomotives to their home in Newton, Iowa.
"Although it has taken us some time to recover from our flood damage, we have not forgotten the many people who also suffered losses and were assisted by The Salvation Army," said IAIS President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Miller in a prepared statement. "We hope these events will help to replenish their much-needed funds in order to continue their valuable service to our communities."