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The author of this report has asked to remain anonymous
I am a Japanese who loves steam locomotives since 40 years.
There were the last JF-1 in Tongchuan, Shaanxi and it is currenty thought
to be no live steam there. However, I was told from the travel agency
in Xi'an that there are several steam in use in Tongchuan and told me to
visit there to see.
I did not expect a lot, thinking maybe there were SY living in some coal mines. (I personally don't like class SY.)
On August 15, 2008, I went there with my son and the travel agent in his car from Xi'an. He insisted that we were sure to see some steam, possibly JS/QJ/SY!
Finally at the tar chemical factory (Meijiaping D.F.), we found a JS moving around.
JS 5098 (Single slide bar so presumably renumbered from JS 8xxx ? D.F.)
The JS 5098 is thought to work to CNR station yard maybe 5-6 km away. (Note: JS 5094 seen here by Dave Habraken in August 2006 D.F.)
See http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/saab_kun/15244072.html for more pictures and Japanese text.
Unusual looking QJ 2698 (Similar looking QJ 2694 seen by Dave Habraken in August 2006 D.F.)
The number on the cabside is clear
I will visit again in autumn to find other precious live locomotives in Tongchuan, Shaanxi.
Subsequent to the above report "TW" has compared his pictures of JS 5098 and QJ 2698 with the pictures Dave Habraken took of JS 5094 and QJ 2694 in August 2006. He thinks the JS and QJ he saw are the same locomotives Dave saw but now renumbered. He thinks the final 8 indicates overhauls completed at Luoyang Works in 2008. The actual Luoyang overhaul dates on the tender frames are Jan 2008 for JS 5098 and Nov 2007 for QJ 2698.
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