QJ 7040 has now arrived at Corman's Central Kentucky base in Lexington. It is edged with 2 inch white stripes and on the tender the RJ Corman name is spelled out on the red in white lettering.
Underneath, on the black, it says Central Kentucky Lines in white lettering. The paint job on the engine when it arrived was over about 4 layers of dust, rust, and crud.
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There is a short You Tube video available (13th May 2014).
Later Hans Hufnagel tells me (29th October 2005) that the only working steam locomotive, 231.501, needs heavy repairs for which there is no money....
Florian Schmidt succeeded (5th April 1999, pictures added 17th June 1999).
And I joined the first ever (contradictions gratefully received) steam tour group (again organised by Florian) here in November 1999 - read my report (9th December 1999) - another railfan tour group visited in January 2000 (9th February 2000).
Wilson Lythgoe confirmed their demise during November and reported new bright blue (Darjeeling ) tourist coaches in use with variously black, yellow and green painted steam locomotives.
The basic passenger service is down to three trains a day and the new Bagou station looks like a cross between a church and a supermarket.
The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand ran a public excursion on 5th February 2000 (8th February 2000) and had planned a further more ambitious tour between December 1st and 4th 2000.
Floods in the country forced its postponement to January 18th to 21st 2001. It had long been known that there were serviceable steam locos in the country - the problem was getting them to work, not least for security reasons.
For an illustrated report on Cambodia's railways on a December 2006 visit with information that confirms this see Andrew Robinson was here in early 2005 (report added 21st May 2005) and although he was unable to gain entry to the shed because it was a public holiday, he was told that the steam stock is still intact.
It seems unlikely that there is much work if any for steam here, especially as the Chinese are delivering new diesels, which won't last long unless they have done some work on the track since I was there.
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