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Date: 08/05/19 12:11
Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: Q4960

I also updated my original post but after a couple of phone calls to my contacts at Pioneer Railcorp/Keokuk Junction I was informed that the train to LaHarpe will not be until Wednesday, August 7th instead of Tuesday the 6th.  I was also told that the F units will not be in the lead on the trip west and may be shut down and simply towed to their destination.  The KJRY plans to make a delivery to the TZ tomorrow, the 6th, but with the information given I question whether the F's will be even a part of the consist.

Roger Holmes



Date: 08/05/19 13:02
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: highgreengraphics

...The end came even before the end came! Glad I got the shots I did a couple of years ago. Curious, does the parent company that owns KJ now have any tourist operations? === === = === JLH



Date: 08/05/19 13:17
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: MEKoch

The F units and a GP-20 were switching at Mapleton, IL today.  Just south of Peoria about 10 miles. 



Date: 08/05/19 13:43
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: ShortlinesUSA

highgreengraphics Wrote:
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> ...The end came even before the end came! Glad I
> got the shots I did a couple of years ago.
> Curious, does the parent company that owns KJ now
> have any tourist operations? === === = === JLH

Well, that's an interesting question.  Because much of this is being precipitated by the present parent company (Pioneer Railcorp) being sold to another entity (Brookhaven).  Pioneer doesn't really have any tourist operations, other than their yearly Santa train on the KJRY, which is more of an opportunity to bring Mr. Claus to small communities along the line, rather than for the community to ride the train.

I would expect Brookhaven to be much more bottom-line oriented, rather than worry about whether Santa comes to town.  But you never know.

 



Date: 08/05/19 18:47
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: dtoeppen

I found "TZ", it's the old Peoria & Pekin yard. I don't see where they can turn around there. That seems to suggest the Mapleton - TZ - Mapleton train will have to run F7 first at least to Mapleton Y.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/19 20:01 by dtoeppen.



Date: 08/05/19 19:26
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: dtoeppen

On location now. This seems like a distressed railroad with distressed equipment. The ROW is in desperate need of some non-selective herbicide and the power looks like it's at the end of its life.

On the other hand, I did find some large stockpiles of new ties, so perhaps the new owner is going to give the line an injection of capital. 

I'm a bit frustrated that I couldn't even get a response to the charter question. They clearly need any revenue they can get. But I guess it all depends on who's staying and who's going.

I wonder what the asking price will be for the F7's.

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Date: 08/05/19 20:37
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: highgreengraphics

The A units are FP7's from Algoma Central/ WC, five feet longer behind the cab to accomodate an upright water tank inside. There are 3 more in the LaHarpe deadline still in AC paint. The B unit is an F7B, as no FP B-units were built. === === = === JLH



Date: 08/06/19 07:56
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: mtzctrain

I thought they are FP9s (at least the A units)?

highgreengraphics Wrote:
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> The A units are FP7's from Algoma Central/ WC,
> five feet longer behind the cab to accomodate an
> upright water tank inside. There are 3 more in the
> LaHarpe deadline still in AC paint. The B unit is
> an F7B, as no FP B-units were built. === === = ===
> JLH



Date: 08/06/19 08:59
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: highgreengraphics

Oops, yes FP9's. Only one was an FP7, it went to a museum. The point I was trying to make is that they were FP's, which makes them longer than standard F's. === === = === JLH



Date: 08/06/19 09:37
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: dtoeppen

highgreengraphics Wrote:
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> Oops, yes FP9's. Only one was an FP7, it went to a
> museum. The point I was trying to make is that
> they were FP's, which makes them longer than
> standard F's. === === = === JLH

Longer is better.



Date: 08/06/19 15:19
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: seaboardc30-7

That's what she said.



Date: 08/06/19 18:10
Re: Keokuk Junction F Units Important Update!
Author: dtoeppen

seaboardc30-7 Wrote:
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> That's what she said.

Good spike.



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