The International Steam Pages
Tongchuan JFs in 2002
Trevor Maxted. reports on the continued activity of these Chinese dinosaurs:
Still 5 JF in use: 2113, 2182, 2365, 2368 & 2369. 21/1 very polluted, better up the line with hazy sun and -2C. Two JF hauled coal trains to Wangshiwa at 1030 and 1230 chimney first. Only 2182 of the five was facing south.
22/1 polluted at Tongchuan but clear(!) up the line, -3C.
2113 ran to Meijiaping for attention early AM.
23/1 Slightly hazy/clear on the hill, -2c, clearer the other end of the tunnel.
During the three day visit Tongchuan itself remained generally very polluted though there was some better spells. The pollution tended to start drifting up the valley after 1400. I found the visit very worthwhile and hopefully will have some nice snaps to show from the trip. This is a very interesting operation and should be a must for a visit given the continual decline of steam in the country generally. All locos listed above on the line had trains unless shown.
These maps are taken from Bernd Seiler's January 1999 report: