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Steam in China, February/March 2014

by Roger Croston

Baiyin, Sandaoling, Pingzhuang, Fuxin


Editor's note. This report was found to be missing when I did a broken links check in April 2019.

This is a resurrected version from Roger's email and resubmitted pictures.


Baiyin 26th to 28th February 2014.

SY Locos in steam: 1047, 1470, 1581
SY Loco 1583 under minor repair and 0965 under long term repair, but reportedly this is cosmetic as she is destined to be ‘stuffed and mounted.’
SY Loco ‘2008 Olympiad’ (real number 0701) not seen and reportedly possibly having been cut for scrap.
Very dead SY locos 0135, 0139, 0612, 0819, 1067.

There is now only one morning steam hauled passenger train, consisting of seven coaches. It is banked. A new platform has been built at Shenbutong for an intermediate halt and the siding is now closed to passenger trains. Steam traction is used only for a few weeks in winter so that the carriages can be heated.

Freight traffic is still partly steam hauled on demand, but is not heavy. There is now a total of three diesel locomotives in the shed.

Permits cost 500 Yuan per person with no time limit, but steam is not guaranteed.

Sandaoling 2nd – 5th March 2014.

Now all JS traffic.

Locos seen working

6204
6209
6224 in workshop
8027
8040
8053
8076
8077
8081
8089
8167
8173
8190
8194
8195
8197
8225 in workshop partly dismantled
8314
8358
8366
8368

Permits cost 200 Yuan per person per day.

A new 25km double track is reported being built with 19 culverts, with 12 return steam workings in 24 hours using six locos. Four locos to be based in South Station; four locos to be based in East Station; two locos on Engineering Trains, possibly two locos on spoil trains. As many as 15 locos could remain in use.

Pingzhuang - 7th March 2014

SY Locos working 

1017
1364
1441
1764

Steam was due to end in May 2014. As of August it is reported to be back in steam.
No permit required.

Fuxin 8th – 9th March 2014.

SY Locos

1195
1210
1319 in yard frozen up with icicles 
1378
1395
1396
1818

No diesel locos seen out working, with at least one locked in a shed in the stabling point.

No passenger trains of any sort run now and the rolling stock was locked up in a yard near to the stabling point with some windows smashed by vandalism.

Permits cost 200 Yuan to visit workshop, 200 Yuan to visit depot, 200 Yuan to visit stabling point per person, No charge to visit other parts of the system.


Pictures

Sandaoling

Pulling up the ramp 4th March 2014.

Passer by 4th March 2014.

Heading for the washery 3rd March 2014.

Heading for the washery 4th March 2014.


Pingzhuang

Heading for China Rail, tender first

0005 Coal train on the new line to the new deep mine. 7th March 2014.

0007 “Red Ball” shot 7th March 2014.

“Miss Noodle” 2014.

Pulling out of Mine, 7th March 2014.

Taking the empties back, 7th March 2014.


Fuxin

“High ho! High ho! It’s off to work we go with a shovel and a pick…” 8th March 2014.

 

Two locos descending from the top of the spoil heap 

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