Steam in China - June 2004
by John A. Kirchner
Zhenjiang Gas Plant coke facility - 26-06-04
The factory is located right in town. It is a gas conversion facility which uses coke as raw material.
SY 1279 in steam
SY 1368 standby
Zhenjiang - Jiangsu Chunshan Limestone Mine - 26-06-04
The limestone mine is Situated west of Zhenjiang. There is a short 5-6 km link between the mine and the Yangtze river
where freight is transloaded to barges for steel mills at Ma`anshan, Shanghai, and elsewhere. This is a fairly recent operation, dating
from the mid-1990's. Large, modern hoppers with an unsual protective steel tarp at each end are used. Trains work hard out of the mine up
to the public road, and then ease off downhill to the river. Return empty working, which took only 30-45 minutes, was tender first.
The line runs through mostly rice paddy, and was difficult to line-side, but can be reached by cross roads at various points. Traffic was suspended
mid-day between 11:00am and 2:00pm.
All locos are JS 2-8-2's. Employees said there are five locos.
- JS 6064 oou at yard - derelict - has high smoke deflectors
- JS 6210 working
- JS 6286 under repair (not seen)
- JS 6536 working
- JS 8119 oou at yard - stripped, but looks like a recent retirement
Derelict JS 6064
Ma`anshan - 28-06-04
Only a very brief visit here. Very busy, but heat and humidity were overpowering. Shot SY's 0790, 1281, 1552, 1716,
and 1732, plus several diesels, and saw many more steam.
John A.Kirchner , email: firstname.lastname@example.org