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Central Texas and Chinese Steamers

Central Texas and Chinese Steamers

BNSF's H-HOUGAL sits in the siding at Moody, Texas, with two Chinese 2-10-2 "QJ" Class locomotives in tow.
I assume that these steam locos are on their way to China. Does anyone know where they were built? Does anyone know why China is using steam instead of diesel-electric? Does anyone know why China can't built their own locos (or choose not to)? Just curious.
What is Iowa Interstate going to do with them? Don't tell me that Iowa Interstate is actually going to use steam engines to haul freight.

You are correct. :) Iowa Interstate will use these to haul freight. I live very close to their tracks so it will be pretty interesting. Great photo!
Coal must be a heck of lot cheaper than diesel fuel these days. Going for steam locomotives instead of more diesel-electric seems like a giant step backwards to me.
Are we still in the 21st century? So II(Iowa Inerstate)is giving their disel locomotives a break?

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