Sandaoling Mining Railway

Sandaoling, near Hami in the remote north-western province of Xinjiang, is home to the last steam worked opencast mine railway in the world. Rail operations within the pit are being scaled down as trucks and conveyors take over. Trains over the long line through the desert to the CR interchange went diesel in early 2010 but there are still more working steam locos at Sandaoling than anywhere else on the planet. The railway rosters a mixed fleet of over 20 JS class and a few SY class 2-8-2s.

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