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Steam on the Jitong Line, November 2000
Hans Schaefer reports:
"Daban has some new personnel under training, for steam locomotives. Probably the number of engines is to increase a bit, using the newly arrived engines. According to Jitong management, Baiqi has no QUALITY problem with water but a QUANTITY problem. They have to transport water to Baiqi depot from 75 km away. This led to the decision to get some DF4C. Just now 2 engines are in use. Daban staff gives different versions about the future, ranging from 3 to 10 years of steam to come. Generally, drivers and firemen count on a few years, management on longer time. Maybe this is wishful thinking by the staff having the hard work.
Daban engine roster as of 3 Nov 2000
Locomotives running from Chabuga: 853, 7163, 7164, 7038, 6988, 6572, 6478, 6751, 6385, 6358, 6349, 3073 (pasenger engine). 6375, 7048, 7105, 6632, 7049.
Scrap locomotives in Daban, being cut up during these days (after having been on the scrap line for at least one year): 2706, tender marked 7040, 2388, 6027, 6079 + one more, maybe 3105.
New engines having arrived Daban from Mudanjiang works, newly repaired, but not yet in use: 6981, 6844, 6986
Daban engines, sorted by brigade:
Locomotives under repair just now:
Other remarks to some locomotives: