China : Photo Galleries : Tonghua Pictures

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Some seasonal snow scenes from the Tonghua area of north-east China 30 years ago, when everything was still steam worked. It seems a world away now in these times of Covid lockdowns and travel bans.

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Turkey : Photo Galleries : update

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Turkey has now been migrated to the newer style of photo gallery and 11 new images have been added to the 3 already there. All the existing pictures are now a bit larger than they were.

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Slovakia : Photo Galleries : minor update

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Slovakia has now been migrated to the newer style of photo gallery with the ability to view images by line, class etc. There are only a handful of new images but all the existing pictures are now a bit larger than they were.

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Spain : Photo Galleries : minor update

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Spain has now been migrated to the newer style of photo gallery with the ability to view images by line, class etc. No new images but some are now a bit larger than they were.

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France : Photo Galleries : minor update

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France has now been migrated to the newer style of photo gallery with the ability to view images by line, class, operator, traction type etc. No new images but most are now a bit larger than they were.

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Cuba : Photo Gallery : minor update

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No new pictures this time, just a migration of the existing pictures to the newer style of gallery and a split of images between two galleries for standard and narrow gauge locos.

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UK : Westbury Photos Added

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The line from Westbury to Cogload Junction, near Taunton, carries inter city passenger traffic from London to the West of England as well as local services between Bristol and Weymouth, all worked by units these days. The east end of the line, around Westbury and Frome also sees a significant amount of freight traffic, most of it limestone from Merehead and Whatley quarries, which is taken to destinations all over southern England. The stone workings are of particular interest as they employ Class 59 diesels as well as the ubiquitous Class 66s. These pictures were taken in September 2019, around 6 weeks before Freightliner took over the stone workings from DB Cargo.

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Zimbabwe : New Photo Galleries

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Zimbabwe's Garratts were active on line work into the 1990s, handling heavy trains on the Victoria Falls and West Nicholson lines from Bulawayo long after their South African and East African counterparts had been retired. A first batch of 18 new photos have been added, showing locos of Classes 15, 16A and 20 at work in 1987 with, as a free bonus, a look at one of the CFM Class 951 Garratts, fresh from overhaul at ZECO. There are plenty more where these came from, to be scanned when time permits.

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Czech Rep : Photo Gallery Changes

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The Czech photo galleries have been updated to the same format as China, UK, Germany, Switzerland etc, so it's now possible to view the contents by classes, operators or train types as well as by lines. In the process 40 new photos have been added to the galleries, covering all sorts of traction, and many of the photos are significantly larger than they were before.

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China : New Harbin and Lanzhou Bureau Pictures Added

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Added a new gallery for pictures from the Nancha area of Heilongjiang. Only a handful of pictures there at the moment with more to follow when the opportunity arises. Also added a few extra pictures to the Jiamusi, Mudanjiang and Harbin galleries and more to the Lanzhou - Wuweinan gallery. Plenty of QJ shots and one DFH3 diesel.

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go to Lanzhou Bureau : Lanzhou - Wuweinan gallery

China : Zhongwei - Gantang Photo Gallery Added

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The next instalment in the Chinese photo saga, a few pictures from the Zhongwei - Gantang line, a section of the long route from Beijing to Lanzhou via Inner Mongolia. Westbound trains face around 60km of 1 in 80 gradients as they climb out of the Yellow River Valley and onto the fringes of the Gobi Desert. It was a spectacular place to see single, double and sometimes triple headed QJs hard at work in the early 1990s. The first diesels arrived in late 1993 and electrification followed shortly afterwards.

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China : Misc Industrial Photos Added

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Yet more Chinese pictures including a few taken at Tangshan Works in 1988 when it was building new SYs. There's a new Tangshan Locomotive Works gallery and a few newly processed pics added to existing galleries.

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