The International Steam Pages
Tongchuan JFs 2003
Jim Hutzler's report follows. Greg Howells earlier report is below
Visited Tongchuan on April 1 as a day trip from Xian. Five engines were present:
2113 - working
We arrived Tongchuan Nan station around 09.00 to find 2182, 2368, 2365 together on storage track, and 2113 on nearby ready track with crew onboard. Shortly thereafter 2369 came in light from southwest direction branch track at south end of yard. 15 minutes later this engine continued north with one load of mine timbers, destination unknown, but we were to see her later in the afternoon at Tongchuan (city) station. 2113 worked a Wangshiwa mine trip smokebox first with empties at around 11.00, switched at the mine, and left with loads around 12.30. We returned to Xian in the late afternoon without seeing furthur line action.
We hired a minibus with driver and English speaking guide in Xian for the trip. Costs were very reasonable. Our guide named "Mily" was excellent. She can make arrangements for a vehicle.
Greg Howells is the latest to report on the dinosaurs:
During a business trip to Shanghai, I flew out to Xian for the weekend to visit the Tongchuan JFs with a return flight costing 1420Y.
Locos seen : 2113, 2182, 2369 in use
Operation as per previous reports and steam only seen to Wangshiwa colliery. All locos chimney first to Wangshiwa.
Saturday 15 February
Cool, grey & overcast
Delayed flight landed at 00:05 and was put up in Aviation Hotel by the airline. Taxi from airport to Tongchuan city cost 260Y. Arrived at 10:00 and 2369 was sitting at Tongchuan Nan station, visible from the road. Checked into Red Rose Hotel ok and reputedly the best in town. Prices 160320 Yuan. Arranged via hotel for a taxi at 300Y/day.
11:15 2113 had joined 2369 at Nan station. 2365
(oou) & 2368 (in
steam) were sitting in a siding below Nan station on the east side. An orange diesel was
on the ash road. Staff claimed there was a train to Wangshiwa at 14:00.
Drove to Wangshiwa coal mine where there were 2 full rakes of wagons awaiting collection. 2182 appeared in the station log although I had not seen it.
13:33 DF7 7001 on fulls, Shijiahe
DF4 passed southbound - perhaps having dropped off a rake of empties that
were in station
20:00 2113 sitting in Tongchuan Nan station begging for a night shot. Unfortunately I had not brought my tripod.
Sunday 16 February
Slight overnight frost. Grey & overcast.
2365 (oou), 2368 & 2182 in steam in siding
09:55 2369 on 12 empties above Shijiahe
At Tongchuan Nan, 2113 had disappeared, as had the 2 rakes of empties. These had been replaced by a rake of 20 empties.
14:20 At Shijiahe station the log showed that 2113 had brought empties up
unseen, followed by 2 trains on the mainline and 2369 had returned with fulls.
16:30 Tongchuan Nan heard steam (?2113?) dep with empties.
Monday 17 February
Taxi back to Xian airport took 1.25 hours. Flight delayed due to fog at Xian affecting the inbound plane.