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Steam in Northern China, February/March 2000

Frank Engel gives a very abbreviated overview (22.02.-15.03.2000) which may be of use to anyone who is about to leave....:

Tangshan Steel Works 22.02.2000

in use: SY-0674, 0777, 0981, 0982, 1020, 1071, 1090, 1107, 1127, 1311, 1582, 1695
under repair: SY-1106, JS-8414
weather: sunny, -5C

Tangshan Coal Mine 23.02.2000

in use: SY-0355, 0793, 0955, 1679
OOU: SY-0964
weather: sunny, -5C

Liaoyang (Line Shenyang - Anshan) 24.02.2000

JS-5616 (shunting), 5914 (freight train)
weather: sunny

Anshan (CNR) 24.02.2000

in use: JS-5942
weather: sunny

Anshan Steel Works 24.+25.02.2000

in use: PL2-244; YJ-289, 290, 291; SY-0131, 0433, 0571, 0833, 0835, 0836, 0837, 0900, 0902, 1035, 1037, 1114, 1115, 1505, 1555, 1560, 1561, 1566
under repair: SY-0574
scrap: JS-xxxx (6008 ?)
weather: sunny+clear (!!!), -5C

Tonghua 26.02.-01.03.2000

Tonghua - Hunjiang: all short-distance passengers and half of the freights with steam. Best time is morning: 2 passengers in every direction in best light. Last freight at 1 pm from Tonghua!
Hunjiang - Beihe: freight trains mostly steam, but less trains before late afternoon (only one in the morning). Best time is after 3:00 pm: up to 4 uphill-trains within two hours, one mixed at 3:40 pm inclusive.
in use (at the line): JS-5485, 5731, 5858, 6104, 6271, 6306, 6315, 8201
in use (shunting at Hunjiang): JS-8231, 8233, 8234
in use (shunting at Dongtonghua): JS-8211
in use (Dongtonghua Steel Works): 3 SY, one of them is SY-1477
weather: mostly sunny, many snow, -20C - -5C

Loco Works at Sujiatun (Shenyang) 02.03.2000

ready: JS-5003, JF-3329, GJ-1038, QJ-1038 >>> all are standing in the depot - maybe for museum??? also ready: QJ-3076 (under steam), SY-0443, GJ-xxx (without number)
waiting for repair: JS-5250, SY-1177
under repair: SY-xxx
in use (shunting): GJ-1018
scrap at the depot: QJ-2993, 6672

Jingpeng 03.03.2000-09.03.2000

3-6 uphill trains in light every day (7:30 am - 6:00 pm)
in use (Chabuga-Daban): QJ-6580, 6911, 7002, 7037
in use (Daban-Haoluku): QJ-6135, 6230, 6351, 6356, 6388, 6389, 6676, 6687, 6735, 6760, 6828, 6925, 6994, 6996, 6998, 7009, 7012, 7040, 7143
in use (shunting Daban): QJ-2645
weather: mostly sunny, -15 - -5C, strong stormy wind, less snow

Tongchuan 11.03.2000-15.03.2000

mostly only two chimney first uphills (one to Wangshiwa round about 10 am; second from Dongpo in the late afternoon), two diesel in use with the best trains :

in use: JF-2113, 2368, 2369, 2371
reserve under steam: JF-2182, 2365, 4025
shunting and short trains around the city (CNR): QJ-6532, 6550, 6652
weather: 4 days sunny, 1 day cloudy with rain at night, +10 - +20 C


Rob Dickinson

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