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Report from short business visit to
SHANGHAI AREA (10 December 2006 a Sunday)
Had a Sunday afternoon free after arriving
Staff on the gate denied entry but indicated steam locos were still present inside, however, they directed us to a small museum nearby.
This has just opened (October 2006) where SY
0880 is plinthed in a glass enclosure. The museum is directly
opposite the new Songbin Road Metro station (Line 3) in a small
park just east of the station on
The new Shanghai Metro Line 3 has yet to
open but appeared complete and runs right past the works up the
Confirmed dieselized, the only loco here was DF 4 0495 stabled inside the gate, at 1980 this is 8 years older than the JSs it replaced.
Not visited as it was a Sunday and it was closed, opening times are 0900-1100 and 1445-1630 TuThSO and 0900-1630 SO.
After visiting clients in Pengzhou, I had 24
hours free to explore some surviving steam operations to the
Pengzhou Narrow Gauge (Quail 27G Peng-Ba
Line). This 26 gauge line is now completely
closed and the track lifted. ZM16-4 class 0-8-0 No 62-70 is
Jiangyou Steel Plant (Quail 27 Bao-Cheng
Line). This large complex is on the east side of the main
line at Jiangyou, 40 km north of Mianyang (it is NOT in
the City of
SY 0256 2-8-2
GKD3B-0005 Co-CoDE Ziyang 2004 Working
Of the SYs 1161 has stainless steel boiler bands and a commemorative placque of some sort on the cab side, both this and 1463 looked quite recently ex-works. The railway including the steam is very well maintained.
There are also some rail cranes Z151.427 (steam) stored and N152.1362 which was working.
Quail 27C De-Tian Line. The industrial sites along this 41 km branch from Deyang were explored. These notes supplement and correct CRJ 148.
Ju Tong Co, Mianzhu. (28 km from Deyang) This has previously been reported as an ore loading facility but is actually a distribution depot, there is a small oil depot, loading docks for general goods, small warehouses and an ore pad. There are four sidings at the north end of Mianzhu station yard and the only loco is an early SY, it was in steam but had nothing to do. It has cast numberplates with the SY in serif lettering and is in reasonable condition, it even has a small shed to stable in. Staff were all extremely friendly.
SY 0045 2-8-2 Tangshan 4.1967 In steam
No. 309 Fertiliser Factory, Hanwang. Hanwang is 13 km beyond Mianzhu and the end of the branch. The fertiliser plant is served by a 1 km siding on the east side of the line, south of the station. The siding initially heads north off a headshunt and then does a 180 degree loop before heading south into the factory. The loco works chimney first out of the factory which is steeply upgrade and includes a level crossing over the main road into Hanwang. The work seems to involve tripping wagons to and from Hanwang station. On 14/12/06 the loco stormed out of the factory on a long train of wagons at 11.15 and then proceeded to do some very energetic shunting at the station before returning with others to the factory. There is only one loco.
SY 0418 2-8-2 Tangshan 9.1971 In steam
Deyang Tianchi Group Co, Coal Railway, Hanwang
Gauge 762 mm (550 v DC electrified)
The narrow gauge line is at a higher level than Hanwang station. There is a large derelict set of discharge bunkers that were once rail served at the northernmost extent of Hanwang yard but it appears that the current coal discharge point is only served by road vehicles. The narrow gauge shed and workshops are just behind this derelict bunker. However, the railway was not in use due to some unspecified repairs taking place. Everyone friendly and seemed amused that I was interested in their locos. There are 4 locos of which the smaller 4wWE was under repair in what appeared to be the old steam loco workshop. The other locos were locked in the shed but easily seen through holes in the walls. Staff said the last steam loco was scrapped more than 10 years ago (probably longer).
Dong Qi Yun Ye, Factory, Hanwang
Large factory opposite the ore bunker where SY 0418 resides. The name Dong Qi Yun Ye which means Dong Qi Transport Dept is painted on the cab side of the locos. It may also be part of the Deyang Tianchi Group. Locos carry local numbers 01 and 02.
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