Steam on 3 levels at the huge opencast pit at Sandaoling. 3 JS 2-8-2 locos are seen in 2005.
A JS locomotive laden with coal for the wash plant slowly departs the open pit at Sandaoling. An impressive sight to hear and see these locos working so hard. Sandaoling, Xinjiang Province, China.... (more)
The snow-capped Tianshan Mountains loom in the background as JS Class locomotive 8358, top and tail with 8366, heads an empty coal train to the Er Jing colliery across the spartan landscape on the... (more)
JS 8197 stands cold at Dongbolizhan, its boiler certificate having expired a few days previously. As shift change comes to an end a local man scavenges for lumps of coal to keep his family warm. L... (more)
A decision on the future of steam at Sandaoling will be taken during March 2017. However until then it is business as usual and coal must continue to be hauled out of the open cast pit. Following ... (more)
Trains from the deep mines at Lijing and Erjing can run up to several times each day. JS8366 is rolling down the grade from Erjing to Nanzhan with a loaded coal train on 17th Feburary 2017, the Ti... (more)
It is still possible to find real steam at work in 2017. Just.
JS 8081 powers away from the new unloading point at Jianmeixian on the Sandaoling Mining Railway in Xinjiang province in North West... (more)
Empty coal train leaves the unloading station
A few minutes before sunset
Double steam with empty coal cars leaves Nanzhan for ErJing Mine
Fresh air job