updated : 2017/03/09
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Beijing Bureau : Beijing City

Beijing Bureau : Beijing City

China's capital city dispatches trains to all corners of this vast country, worked by a great variety of classes. Photography isn't easy but there are a few good vantage points, including one that overlooks the exit from the main station.
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updated : 2016/07/10
12 photos
Beijing Bureau : Beijing - Longhua

Beijing Bureau : Beijing - Longhua

The Longhua line is part of a direct Beijing - Chifeng - Tongliao route built in the 1970s and opened in 1981. It has many long tunnels and may well have been diesel worked from the start. There's some excellent scenery on the Beijing - Longhua section as can be seen from the images here.
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updated : 2016/07/10
10 photos
Beijing Bureau : Beijing - Taiyuan line

Beijing Bureau : Beijing - Taiyuan line

The line from Beijing to Taiyuan has to cross a range of mountains immediately west of Beijing and does so by following the spectacular Juma River Valley. Bridges, tunnels and superb photo locations abound, particularly around Shidu, a small resort town popular with the locals. These photos were taken in Autumn 2006 and features locos of classes DF4C, DF4D and the rare twin-unit BJs.
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updated : 2016/07/10
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Beijing Bureau : Chengde - Miyun

Beijing Bureau : Chengde - Miyun

The line from Chengde to Miyun, near Beijing wasn't particularly busy but it was very scenic and most freight remained steam worked until the mid 1990s. Only a short drive from Beijing Airport, it was the ideal first destination after arriving in the country. This gallery only contains diesels at the moment.
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updated : 2016/07/10
6 photos
Beijing Bureau : DaQin Coal Line

Beijing Bureau : DaQin Coal Line

This line was built in the late 1980s to transport coal from the Datong coalfield to the port of Qinhuangdao, east of Beijing. In order to avoid the Beijing metropolitan area, it runs through the mountains north of the capital utilising a succession of bridges and tunnels to conquer the difficult terrain. Trains are heavy, frequent and electrically hauled by class SS4G locomotives.
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updated : 2016/07/11
21 photos
Harbin Bureau : Bei'an Area

Harbin Bureau : Bei'an Area

Bei'an is off the beaten track in the north of Heilongjiang but in 1999 it was one of the last strongholds of main line steam with some very well looked after QJ and JS. In 2008 it was the Heihe Local Railway's DFs that attracted me back only to find that they had recently been replaced by DF4s.
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updated : 2017/03/09
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Harbin Bureau : Haila'er Area

Harbin Bureau : Haila'er Area

This gallery covers lines in the northernmost part of Inner Mongolia, which is actually the northernmost part of China, bordering Siberia and with a climate to match. The pictures here were taken during visits to industrial lines in the area long after the end of main line steam working and feature a range of diesel classes.
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updated : 2016/09/27
24 photos
Harbin Bureau : Harbin Area

Harbin Bureau : Harbin Area

Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang Province and one of the main rail centres in north-east China. It's famous for its cold clear winters with temperatures of 20 below being quite common. in the mid-1980s steam worked everything apart from a few expresses but the diesels soon took over much of the freight. This gallery contains pictures taken in the 1980s and in 2006.
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updated : 2016/09/27
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Harbin Bureau : Jiamusi Area

Harbin Bureau : Jiamusi Area

Jiamusi is a railway junction in the far north-east of China, close to the Russian border. In the late 1980s the depot provided QJ Class 2-10-2s to work coal trains and RM Class 4-6-2s to work many passengers. These photos were taken in 1988.
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updated : 2016/07/17
20 photos
Harbin Bureau : Mudanjiang Area

Harbin Bureau : Mudanjiang Area

This gallery contains pictures taken in the Mudanjiang and Jixi areas in south-eastern Heilongjiang. Freight traffic is dominated by coal from mines in the Jixi area, which travels through Mudanjiang on its way to Harbin or beyond. In the early 1990s QJs were dominant but their place was later taken by the distinctive DF8 Class diesels and different varieties of DF4..
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updated : 2016/07/08
9 photos
Lanzhou Bureau : Baiyin Area

Lanzhou Bureau : Baiyin Area

Baiyin is home to an interesting industrial railway system connected to a long branch that leaves the Lanzhou - Zhongwei main line at Baiyin Xi and runs east for 114km to Honghui. These pictures of diesel hauled trains on the branch were taken during gaps in traffic on the industrial railway.
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updated : 2016/07/08
19 photos
Lanzhou Bureau : Lanzhou-Wuweinan

Lanzhou Bureau : Lanzhou-Wuweinan

The line from Lanzhou to Wuweinan was on the main route linking Xinjiang to the rest of China and carried heavy traffic. Southbound trains faced a 50km climb at 1 in 50 to Wushaoling summit, almost 10,000ft above sea level. The line was electrified in the early 1990s and the summit section closed after a base tunnel was opened in 2006. This gallery contains images from the steam era and of the new line in 2006.
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updated : 2016/09/27
24 photos
Shenyang Bureau : Changchun Area

Shenyang Bureau : Changchun Area

Changchun is one of north-east China's major rail centres, where the north-south main line from Harbin to Shenyang meets the secondary main line from Jilin and the route to Baicheng. In the mid 1980s it was a steam fan's paradise with QJs on freight, SL and RM Pacifics on secondary passengers and JFs on the shunts. It wasn't long before the diesels took over.
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updated : 2016/09/27
24 photos
Shenyang Bureau : Jilin Area

Shenyang Bureau : Jilin Area

Jilin was home to the last SL6 Pacifics and had some of the newest QJs on freight, a great place to visit in the late 1980s.
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updated : 2016/07/16
13 photos
Shenyang Bureau : Shenyang Area

Shenyang Bureau : Shenyang Area

Shenyang is at the junction of three major rail routes, south-west to Beijing, south to Dalian and north to Harbin, as well as secondary lines to Fuxin, Dandong and Jilin. It was very busy for both passenger and freight traffic and steam lasted until the late 1990s although the best of it had gone five years earlier.
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updated : 2016/07/16
18 photos
Shenyang Bureau : Tonghua Area

Shenyang Bureau : Tonghua Area

The network of lines around Tonghua was built to take Chinese coal and minerals to the Korean ports to fuel Japan's war effort. This is a very attractive part of China with wooded hills threaded by picturesque river valleys and provided the perfect setting to photograph steam locos in the 1990s and diesels a decade later.
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