Beijing Bureau - Beijing to Longhua
China has been expanding its rail network steadily since the Liberation of 1949. The line to Longhua and Chifeng wasn't built until the late 1970s and didn't open until 1981. It is possible that the line was diesel worked from the start as many of the locos in use today date from the early 1980s. It's a scenic route through mountainous terrain with many tunnels and bridges. These photos were taken in September 2006 and October 2008. Locomotives of classes DF4, DF4D and DF8B feature.
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Beijing Bureau - Beijing to Chengde
The Beijing - Chengde line was popular with steam enthusiasts in the early 1990s as it provided main line steam action in attractive scenery little over an hour's drive from Beijing airport. The line was built in the late 1950s and runs through attractive mountainous country and features severe gradients. It is currently worked by class DF4 diesels, including some early examples. These pictures were taken in the 1990s and in 2006.
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