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 - Jinzhou Area

Jinzhou lies on the Beijing - Shenyang main line and was a major division point in steam days. There are only three pictures here but they range from a Pacific hauled passenger train in 1985 to an electrically hauled mail train on China's first purpose built high-speed line.

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Lanzhou Bureau - Lanzhou to Wuweinan

The railway from Lanzhou to Wuweinan forms a vital link in the route connecting the northwestern province of Xinjiang with the rest of China. This gallery shows the line in steam days, when it was single track and steeply graded, as well as the new, fast, electrified, double track main line completed in mid 2006 with the opening of the 21 km Wushaoling base tunnel.

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Beijing Bureau - Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous pictures from around Beijing Bureau.

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Beijing Bureau - Datong to Qinhuangdao

This line was built in the late 1980s to transport coal from the Datong coalfield to the port of Qinhuangdao, east of Beijing. In order to avoid the Beijing metropolitan area, it runs through the mountains north of the capital utilising a succession of bridges and tunnels to conquer the difficult terrain. Trains are heavy, frequent and electrically hauled by class SS4G locomotives.

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