Lanzhou Bureau - Baiyin Area
A few photos of freights and passengers on the Baiyinxi - Baiyin - Changzheng - Honghui branch taken during visits to the Baiyin Mineral Railway
in 2009 and 2014. The line runs through a barren desert landscape and carries a lot of coal traffic from the mines around Changzheng. In 2009 the line still used the DF4Bs that took over from steam in the 1990s but by 2014 DF8Bs had taken over.
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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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