Beijing Bureau - Beijing City
China’s capital has seen a huge variety of traction over the years, although steam had been banished from the city centre long before I first got there. These pictures show several different classes of diesel and electric locos, DMUs and EMUs, including a CRH High Speed Train, in and around the main station from the early 1990s onwards.
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Shenyang Bureau - Shenyang Area
Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning Province and a major rail centre. In addition to the usual attractions, China's first railway museum was located alongside Sujiatun depot, south of the city. These pictures feature the usual mix of QJs, JSs, the occasional Pacific and diesels of classes DF4, DF4D and ND5.
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Shenyang Bureau - Jilin Area
In the mid 1980s Jilin was Pacific City with SL6 and RM Pacifics handling most passenger trains on all four lines from the city. Jilin's SL6s were the last in traffic and feature heavily in these pictures. There are JFs, JSs, QJs and a token diesel as well.
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Shenyang Bureau - Changchun Area
Changchun lies on the Harbin - Shenyang main line and was a busy division point in steam days as well as being the capital of Jilin Province. It's also the junction of secondary main lines to Da'an and Jilin. These photos include RM and SL6 Pacifics as well as some of the earliest QJs. Diesels are represented by several classes including DFH3 and DF4C.
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Lanzhou Bureau - Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous images from around Lanzhou Bureau in China's west.
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Harbin Bureau - Miscellaneous
A selection of photos from around Harbin Bureau. Virtually all diesels at the moment.
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Harbin Bureau - Mudanjiang Area
Mudanjiang is Heilongjiang's third city and lies in the far south east of the province, close to the Russian border. The city lies on the route of the original Trans Siberian Railway and the lines in the surrounding area are both scenic and fairly busy. There is a good variety of traction in use including DF8 class diesels. This gallery contains pictures taken around Mudanjiang itself and near Jixi, a large mining centre 120km to the north.
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Harbin Bureau - Harbin Area
Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang Province and one of Manchuria's major rail hubs with busy main lines radiating in five directions. These pictures were taken around the city in steam days and more recently on the Mudanjiang line.
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Harbin Bureau - Bei'an Area
Bei'an is a farming town and sleepy railway junction in the north-west of Heilongjiang. Railway-wise, It's main claim to fame is as the interchange between CR and the Heihe Local Railway, operator of the long line north to Heihe on the Russian border. I first visited the area in 1999 when high deflector JS and QJ class steam locos were still common. By 2008 when I returned, the exotic class DF7D diesels that had ousted steam had themselves been displaced by standard DF4Bs. Both trips feature in this gallery.
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Beijing Bureau - Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous pictures from around Beijing Bureau.
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Beijing Bureau - Beijing to Taiyuan
The line from Beijing to Taiyuan has to cross a range of mountains immediately west of Beijing and does so by following the spectacular Juma River Valley. Bridges, tunnels and superb photo locations abound, particularly around Shidu, a small resort town popular with the locals. These photos were taken in Autumn 2006 and features locos of classes DF4C, DF4D and the rare twin-unit BJs.
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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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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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