updated : 2016/07/16
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Beijing Railway Museum

Beijing Railway Museum

The Beijing Railway Museum houses a large collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives together with some other rolling stock. Many of the locomotives seem to have been selected for being unusual, either prototypes or of historical significance, rather than being typical examples of the classes that powered China's recent development but it's still a fascinating place to visit.
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updated : 2016/07/11
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Heihe Local Railway

Heihe Local Railway

The Heihe Local Railway was set up in the 1990s to build and operate a standard gauge line between Longzhen and Heihe in northern Heilongjiang. The line started with a fleet of second-hand DF Class diesels and was one of the last places these could be seen in use. By 2008 they had been replaced by brand new DF4Bs.
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updated : 2016/07/14
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Huanan Forestry Railway

Huanan Forestry Railway

Unusually for a forestry railway, this narrow gauge line in north-eastern Heilongjiang handled very little timber. The reason for its continued existence was coal mined at a remote spot in the hills. It was a fabulous line that ran through a variety of landscapes including a hill section where loaded trains were banked. Frequent closures and chronically unreliable engines towards the end meant it wasn’t an easy line to photograph but it was one of the most rewarding. Closure finally came in April 2011.
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updated : 2016/07/08
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JiTong Rly : Tongliao-Chabuga

JiTong Rly : Tongliao-Chabuga

The easternmost section of the JiTong line was flat and uninteresting for most of its 188km but the final 19km from Fuxindi to Chabuga involved a serious climb in decent scenery. By late 2003 five DF4s hired from China Rail were handling most of the traffic and steam was eliminated shortly afterwards.
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updated : 2016/07/08
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JiTong Rly : Chabuga-Daban

JiTong Rly : Chabuga-Daban

The 155km section east from Daban to Chabuga had the honour of being the world's last steam worked main line, finally succumbing to diesels in late 2005. What a superb line it was, with wide open spaces, distant mountains, long inclines and no shortage of excellent photo positions.
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updated : 2016/07/08
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JiTong Rly : Daban Depot

JiTong Rly : Daban Depot

Daban was one of three depots on the JiTong line and was responsible for around half the line's fleet of approximately 100 QJ 2-10-2s.
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updated : 2016/07/08
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JiTong Rly : Daban-Haoluku

JiTong Rly : Daban-Haoluku

The 204km section from Daban to Haoluku included the climb over Jingpeng Pass, 50km of steep gradients, horseshoe curves, tunnels and bridges taking the line over the Dahinggang Mountains. It was a photographic paradise, particularly in later years when traffic levels increased. The first diesels arrived in late 2004 and steam working had finished by early 2005.
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updated : 2016/07/17
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Shenyang Railway Museum

Shenyang Railway Museum

The Shenyang Railway Museum was established at Sujiatun in the early 1980s and contains a more interesting selection of locomotives than its counterpart at Beijing. The collection includes SL7 and SL8 streamlined Pacifics, a 3-cylinder JF2 and, dating from the earliest years of the South Manchurian Railways, a DB1 2-6-4T and PL1 2-6-2. The most unusual thing of all is that it's a museum that doesn't welcome visitors, particularly foreign visitors.
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updated : 2016/07/14
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Shibanxi (BaShi) Railway

Shibanxi (BaShi) Railway

This isolated narrow gauge operation was an absolute delight. Superb scenery, steep gradients, dilapidated rolling stock and friendly locals. All it needed was some sunshine to bring it to life but this part of Sichuan experiences more cloudy, wet weather than Manchester. Fortunately the clouds do break occasionally. Since our visit in 2007, the line has become a tourist attraction, losing much of its appeal in the process.
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updated : 2016/07/14
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Weihe Forestry Railway

Weihe Forestry Railway

A vast network of 2'6" gauge lines was built to exploit the forestry resources of Manchuria but in recent years most have closed as logging operations have been scaled down. The Weihe Forestry Railway was one of the last to use steam traction and finally closed in March 2003. These photos were taken a couple of weeks earlier when the railway was still very busy.
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