updated : 2017/03/10
1099 photos
steam

steam

China was the last country in the world to use steam locomotives in quantity. However the steam era is rapidly drawing to a close in 2016 with no more than a couple of dozen locos at work across the whole country on most days. It was a different story at the turn of the century with locos of different classes and gauges hard at work on the main lines and in industry.
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updated : 2017/03/10
184 photos
diesels

diesels

Diesels were very much in the minority when I first visited China in 1984 but there was plenty of variety. As DF4s eliminated steam and earlier diesel classes from the main lines, everything became very uniform but variety returned later with new main line and industrial classes appearing. All three eras will be represented here.
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updated : 2017/03/09
50 photos
electrics

electrics

It wasn't until around 1990 that main line electrification it really took off. These days 25kV 50Hz electric traction is the norm on principal lines across China with many different classes of electric loco in use. Some industrial lines electrified much earlier and 1500V DC electric locos dating from the 1940s are still at work.
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updated : 2017/03/09
199 photos
passenger trains

passenger trains

Passenger trains aren't confined to the national system in China. Many industrial and local railways used to operate their own passenger services but few of these now survive. On the main line it's a different story and passenger traffic is growing rapidly with frequent high-speed EMUs on main routes as well as more traditional long distance and local passengers.
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updated : 2017/03/09
258 photos
main line freight

main line freight

China's railways still carry incredible volumes of freight traffic with freight trains outnumbering passengers on most lines by quite a margin. As on most systems there are block trains of coal, containers or oil tanks but also a large volume of wagonload freight, making for interesting consists.
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updated : 2016/07/16
86 photos
narrow gauge

narrow gauge

Narrow gauge lines were once a common sight in China, whether they were forestry lines, local railways or short industrial links between a quarry and processing plant, they usually have one thing in common, that they've closed, and the few that remain are probably living on borrowed time.
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