Bryan Acford's Chinese Industrial Steam Videos

Since the decline of steam on the main lines, China’s heavy industries have been the focus of attention. Until very recently the coal industry employed hundreds of steam locomotives at mines across the country and a few dozen are still in service today.

Bryan Acford's Chinese Industrial Steam Videos

Bryan Acford's Bao-Shen Railway Videos

The Bao-Shen Railway was built in the early 1990s to connect coal mines in the Shenmu area with the steel producing city of Baotou. For the first few years steam haulage was the norm and heavy loaded trains were double headed and banked on the climb into Dongsheng.

Bryan Acford's Bao-Shen Railway Videos

Bryan Acford's Chinese Narrow Gauge Steam Videos

North-East China was once blanketed by steam worked narrow gauge railways. Most served the forestry industry but others carried coal or limestone.

Bryan Acford's Chinese Narrow Gauge Steam Videos

Bryan Acford's Chinese Main Line Steam Videos

Main line steam could be found in action in China throughout the 1990s. These videos show QJs and JSs working at various locations across northern China on a variety of trains.

Bryan Acford's Chinese Main Line Steam Videos

Bryan Acford's Ji-Tong Steam Videos

The JiTong Railway was the world’s last steam worked main line running for almost 1000km across the wilds of Inner Mongolia. It was a fantastic place to photograph and film big engines working hard. These video clips were taken at various locations at the eastern end of the line including the celebrated Jingpeng Pass.

JiTong video clips

Tangshan Colliery 1910-1920

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Peter Crush of the HKRS supplied this clip, thought to have been taken at Tonshan (Tangshan) Colliery between 1910 and 1920. The locos are thought to be a Beyer Peacock 2-6-0T built in 1909 and a Dubs or North British 2-6-2T of the Peking-Mukden (Beijing-Shenyang) Railway. Peter also supplied a picture of the 2-6-0T from an early Beyer Peacock catalogue (click on the image to see a larger version).

Tangshan Colliery Video