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|JS 5706||?||dumped at Jinchengjiang Xi|
|JS 8285||10.2001||working, Jinchengjiang Xi-Jcj CNR pilot|
|JS 8375||9.2002||ExWorks, initially cold, later steamed but not in service yet|
|JS 8376||?||working on Nov 5th, left the system later|
It is remarkable that all JS were overhauled within the last 13 months at Liuzhou Works. Overhauls are indicated
at the tender. The JS seem to be in "full size maintance".
A new "maintenance hall" in Jinchengjiang Xi will be finished soon. The hall looks "very new" but not neccessarily designed for diesels...
The road to Pingzhai is being rebuilt. By taxi you can reach Hetuncun. The line to Shangchao was not visited due to a lack of trains.
A taxi for a whole day ex Jinchengjiang costs between 225Y and 450Y. It depend on distance travelled as the taxameter
was used in any oaccasion. Price is 1,8 Yuan/km and 2,4Y before 6 a.m. in the morning.
The crossing at km16 near Wenping is manned between 07:00 and 20:00. As in every station, a log book exists there, too.
Following locomotives were seen:
|SY 0491||working||acceptabel condition, last overahul 4.2001 at Liuzhou Works (lettered on the tender)|
|SY 0877||working||excellent condition, no overhaul date on the tender|
|SY 0991||cold&nbsP;(inside shed)||excellent condition, last opverhaul 5.2002 at Luizhou Works|
|SY 1000||working||good condition|
|SY 1325||cold inside shed||bad condition, probably not operational|
|SY 1531||cold inside shed||bad condition, probably not operational|
All engines face westwards (funnel first towards Leiyang).
Two out of the 6 SYs had had overhauls at Liuzhou recently. There are no short-term-plans to eliminate steam operation
Further exploration of opaertion and the branch lines is neccessary!
Weather was sunny but not clear. In the evening, we went to Chenzhou by taxi (80km).
There is a daily freight train at 09:00 ex Chenzhou. It consists of 10 empty coal wagons only. The train leaves tender first and terminates at a station just before Guiyang. Guiyang itself is not reached, passenger service has ceased. At the station near Guiyang, the loco runs round and heads back towards Chenzhou with the empty wagons. It stops at a village with an coalmine then. As there is no siding, the train blocks the railway line for a couple of hours while being loaded. Around 14:30, the loaded train departs for Chenzhou. It arrives there between 15:30 and 16:00 Uhr. The loaded wagons are shunted to a siding where the coal becomes unloaded during the night. Next morning, the wagons are collcted again and the operation is repeated ...
Due to bad weather on Nov 15th (nonstop rain), loading at the village was impossible. The train did not start its return journey before sunset.
Along the remaining line, there are at least 2 tunnels and 1 large Viadukt. The track is in very good condition and cannot be compared to any forestry railway in Northern China. The loaded train (which operates funnel first) runs downhill and very fast, sometimes more than 50km/h.
In Chenzhou a JS is still shunting. It is lettered 5444. As reported previously, the shed contains another, dumped JS which is lettered "5444" as well.
The two days at Chenzhou were the lonely ones with bad weather : overcast on Nov 14th and never-ending-rain on Nov15th.
In the evening of Nov 15th, we took th overnight train to Guangzhou and flight Guangzhou-HongKong-Frankfurt on Nov 16th.
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