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Steam in China, September - October 2000

Dahuichang, Tonghua, Da`an Bei, Jingpeng, Yi Xian, Yebaishou


Till Mosler reports on his Autumn trip to northern China.

Dahuichang Limestone Rlwy., Sept 16th

As usual, traffic did not start before 14:00. Two engines (No. 1 and 3) were in use.

Tonghua/Hunjiang, Sept 17th - Sept 24th

Sept 17th

A visit to Tonghua shed between 10:00 and 12:00. The following JS could be noted there (workable if nothing different indicated) : JS 6020, 6021, 8154, 8155, 6360(cold, oou), 5485(cold, oou), 6271(under repair ?), 6557(cold, oou), 5731(dumped), 5751
Later, JS 5731, 8231 und 5855 were seen shunting/ waiting in the station. The rest of the day was spent between Daoqing and Guyuan.

G

13:00

DF5 ?

nb

T646

14:05

DF4 ?

sb

G

14:50

JS 6306

sb

G

15:30

DF5 5010

sb

G

16:00

DF5 ?

nb

Sept 18th

The day was spent at Daoqing/ Guyuan again.

G

09:00

JS 8158(tf)

nb

T651

09:35

DF5 1193

nb

G

10:30

DF5 ?

sb

T666

10:50

DF4 ?

sb

G

11:20

JS 8158

sb

T 645

11:40

DF4 ?

nb

T646

14:15

DF4 ?

sb

G

14:55

JS 6306

sb

T652

15:25

DF5 5010

sb

G

16:00

JS ?

nb

G

16:20

JS 5858

sb

Sept 19th : Daoqing/Guyuan

T808

08:35

JS 5855

sb

G

08:45

JS 6366

nb

T651

09:35

DF5

nb

G

10:25

DF5

nb

T666

10:50

DF4 4125

sb

G

11:20

JS 5858

sb

T645

11:40

DF4

nb

G

12:30

DF5 1193

nb

G

13:15

JS 8158

sb

T646

14:10

DF4 4160

sb

T652

15:30

DF5

sb

G

15:50

JS 6306

nb

Sept 20th - Sept 23rd : See Thorge and Florian`s Report

Sept 24.09

Daoqing-Guyuan

G

08:20

DF5

nb

T808

08:45

DF5

sb

G

09:00

JS 6366

sb

Dongtonghua

G

10:00

JS 8201

sb

G

10:30

JS ?

nb

G

11:00

DF5

nb

Near Zazi

G

13:25

DF5 1256

sb

T646

14:10

DF4 4232

sb

G

14:45

DF5

sb

T802

15:20

DF4 4124

sb

G

16:20

JS 6021

sb

G

16:35

JS 8198

nb

Da`an Bei , Sept 26th - Oct 2nd

Business as usual. Some 40 steam locomotives are still in use. The lines to Ranghulu, Taipingchuang and Baicheng were visited. Noted engines :

QJ

3251, 3287, 6112, 6143, 6156, 6361, 6367, 6379, 6435, 6484, 6571, 6586, 6773, 6809, 6825, 6847, 6848(Baicheng), 6851, 6852, 6887, 6888(Baicheng), 6891, 6924, 6926, 7081, 7086, 7113, 7119, 7173

JS

6096(hd), 6237(hd), 6239, 8045(Baicheng)

QJ 6891 has lost its squre-shaped headlights and has the "standard ones" now. During my visit, QJ 6571 and QJ 6809 were sent to Changchun for overhaul. As substitution, a brand-new DF5 took over their duties.
For the 51th anniversary of the "Peoples Republic of China" on Oct 1st, all decorated engines became cleaned thoroughly.
Highest steam levels were on the lines towards Ranghulu and Taipingchuan. The line to Ranghulu is still up to 70% steam worked.
The mixed Y267,Y268 to Baicheng ("tourist train") and T951, T952 to Taipingchuan as well were still hauled steam hauled.

Jingpeng , Oct 3rd - Oct 6th 2000

Business as usual. At the railway crossings along the line, barrier-posts have been installed. They are quite photogenic, too.
Engines : QJ 6027, 6125, 6135, 6274, 6389, 6517, 6577, 6576, 6630, 6828, 6876, 6996, 7009, 7012, 7041, 7137

Yi Xian - Beipiao , Oct 7th - Oct 10th

Four days were spent here (for decription see Thorges and Florian`s Report). Sadly, the "freight timetable" I had got from T.Bockholt/ F.Menius at Tonghua no longer valid. There was much fewer trains than expected and on 3 out of 4 days, different timings were valid. Most freight traffic was on Saturday 10th !
Due to bad weather on 2 days and infrequent trains, I needed quite much time here. The following tables show freights only.

Oct 7th : Zhoujiatun

G

08:30

QJ 6095

eb

G

09:10

DF4

wb

G

11:00

QJ 6991

wb

G

12:35

QJ 6750

eb

light engine

13:20

QJ 6226

eb

G

14:30

DF4 2118

wb

G

15:00

QJ

wb

G

15:50

DF4 2124+QJ 6991

eb

G

16:15

QJ 6752

eb

G

16:40

QJ 6655

wb

Oct 8th : Zhoujiatun

G

09:00

DF4

eb

G

10:50

QJ 6095

wb

G

12:00

QJ 6750

eb

G

13:10

QJ 6410

eb

G

14:55

DF4

wb

Linesiding finished by 15:00 due to bad weather.

Oct 9th : Zhoujiatun

G

09:00

QJ 6991

eb

G

10:45

DF4

wb

G

11:55

QJ 6776

eb

G

13:00

QJ

eb

G

14:40

DF4

wb

G

15:00

DF4

wb

G

16:30

QJ 6672

eb

Oct 10th : Zhoujiatun

G

09:15

DF4 2118

eb

G

10:20

QJ 6095

wb

G

11:10

QJ 6480

eb

G

11:45

DF4

wb

G

12:20

QJ 6991

eb

G

15:00

DF4

wb

Light disappeared at 15:00.

Yebaishou , Oct 11th - Oct 12th

During my visit, some 2-3 steam hauled freights each direction were seen on the line to Chifeng during daylight. Volume of freight traffic seems to be reduced significantly. Most of the trains stopped at Shinao and shunted there. So, overtaking them by taxi was no problem.
According to a worker at Yebaishou shed, there are only 12 QJs left at Yebaishou. The line towards Chaoyang is worked by both Yebaishou and Fuxin based engines, which still reach Yebaishou.
The following table show all train movements (!) on the Yebaishou-Chifeng line :

Oct 11th : Shinao

T854

10:30

DF4

sb

G

11:20

QJ 6409

sb

G

13:00

QJ 6728

nb

T853

14:00

DF4

nb

G

14:30

DF4

sb

G

15:35

QJ 6409

nb

Oct 12th : Shinao

G

09:10

DF4

nb

T854

10:30

DF4

sb

G

11:30

QJ 6409

sb

G

13:20

DF4

nb

T853

14:05

DF4

sb

G

15:45

QJ 6409+QJ6413

nb

Engines :

QJ

6086, 6172(Fuxin), 6409, 6410(Fuxin), 6411, 6413, 6416, 6728, 6752(Fuxin)

JS

8236(Fuxin), 8238


Rob Dickinson

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