Real mainline steam railroading was coming to an end. During the last year of the JiTong Railway's steam operations, the volume of visiting railfans multiplied. Here the buses of two tour groups ... (more)
Standard 2300-tonne train with the usual pair of QJ's. So hard to believe these giants are now gone!
For a brief moment, four crew members are silhouetted simultaneously as they go about their duties during the servicing stop at Jingpeng.
For once there is no wind and the exhaust stays clear of the train at this most exposed location. Simingyi viaduct is above the exhaust, and beyond that the long Xiakengzi straight.
Climbing higher than normal at the Jingpeng Pass was always exhausting, but could often be rewarded by spectacular views. A westbound freight emerges from Tunnel 6. The smudge of smoke in the cent... (more)
With his dung basket slung across his back, a goatherd takes a rest from tending his flock in the hills above Reshui. Meanwhile a pair of QJs are rounding the horseshoe from level 2 towards Tunnel... (more)
The usual pair of QJs climb towards Biligou in early morning light - a scene repeated countless times over the previous nine years, but the show was nearly at an end when this shot was taken.
Long steam trail at Biligou
Downhill freight patiently waits 'in the hole' at Gala as a westbound charges past uphill. Both trains are headed by the standard configuration of a brace of QJs.
Just another Tunnel Four shot.
QJ 6878 heads for the Jingpeng Pass and the setting sun at Yuzhoudi.
All ready for their next turn to Chabuga!
One that almost got away. Would the sun set before the train arrived? It did, but the resultant pink glow made for a pleasing effect.
Five minutes to sunset at Tunnel Four!