A welcome feature of the Pingdingshan coal railway was steam hauled passenger trains. Here SY1687 is seen at Zhongxin station in November 2003.
In the massive steel works at Anshan, here are 2 of their large fleet of SY 2-8-2 locos. Seen in March 2002.
A freezing day in the heavy pollution of Baotou steelworks finds SY 0502 taking on coal at the loco servicing point. A sister loco is seen at work in the distance.
A miner waits to cross the tracks at Longhu mine, as decorated SY 0894 passes by.
SY 1058 passes by, as several horses have their carts loaded with coal slurry at Chengzihe washery in 2002.
Local folk sift through ashes from the steam locos at Pingdingshan, looking for unburned pieces of coal to take home.
A steam crane puts more coal into the tenders of 2 SY locos at the servicing point, within the huge opencast pit at Jalainur in 2003.
2-8-2 No SY 1102 propels wagons over the hump at Shuangyashan in 2002.
Sandaoling has a large fleet of JS locos and just a few SYs. Here SY 1593 deals with cranes.
2-8-2 No SY 0150 climbs out of Yaojie with a coal train in 2005
SY class 2-8-2 No SY 1097 heads out of Yaojie with a coal train in 2005.
A pair of SY 2-8-2 locos go about their business at Jalainur, on a very cold morning in 2003
Sunrise. An unidentified SY 2-8-2 crosses the river at Haishiwan with a train for Yaojie in 2005.
A comparison of 2-8-2 loco classes in China. Left is a JS and right is an SY class. Both are in the scrap line at Baiyin in 2005.