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Photo ID: 385115

The romance of steam is not quite so rose-tinted when you're working in half a gale at minus 15 degrees Centigrade and your 'career' is to shovel grit, char and ash all day long. Neither eye prote... (more)

Railroad: China Local Railroad
Locomotive: QJ class 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6878 & 7040
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 24, 2004


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Dec 27, 2011

Views: 3,717
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Photo ID: 385114

In China, the most favoured method of coaling locomotives was by steam crane. Usually playing photographic 'second fiddle' to the mighty QJs. Here crane No.5187 is given top billing over a QJ comi... (more)

Railroad: China Local Railroad
Locomotive: Steam Crane
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 5187
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 24, 2004


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Dec 27, 2011

Views: 3,603
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Favorited: 17
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Photo ID: 291472

On the plains of Inner Mongolia, the gatekeeper at the west end of Baomutu siding raises the manual crossing gates after the passage of a westbound freight train. Gatekeepers on the Jitong Railway... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Gatekeeper
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 15, 2005


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By: Scott Lothes

Added: Jul 22, 2009

Views: 2,345
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Photo ID: 290597

Two shopworkers adjust the running gear of a QJ-class locomotives at Daban, just two months prior to the end of steam. In the background lurks one of the many DF4-class diesels that replaced the Q... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: QJ-class
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 03, 2005


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By: Scott Lothes

Added: Jul 14, 2009

Views: 3,864
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Favorited: 8
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Photo ID: 285431

QJ 7007 sits under the stars in the Daban engine depot. The engine was steaming very lightly.

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 7007
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 30, 2005


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By: Bob Krone

Added: May 28, 2009

Views: 3,584
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Photo ID: 285429

QJ 6911 leaves Daban with eight cars of the eastbound local passenger train at 6:26 AM.

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6911
Train ID: 6051
Photo Date: March 31, 2005


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By: Bob Krone

Added: May 28, 2009

Views: 3,884
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Favorited: 5
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Photo ID: 284804

QJ 7002 pilots an unidentified classmate away from Daban towards the Jingpeng pass. Once in a while, I need to remind myself that this was not a fevered figment of my imagination, merely breathtak... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: QJ 7002
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 24, 2004


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: May 23, 2009

Views: 3,247
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Favorited: 7
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Photo ID: 250076

Rolling into the setting sun.

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 7137 and 7041
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 08, 2008

Views: 2,669
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Photo ID: 250075

I had just disembarked from my train at Daban and I was making my way across the tracks towards the MPD. Looking back towards the station, this was my first sight of a double-headed freight with i... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 7137 and 7041
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 08, 2008

Views: 4,567
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Photo ID: 250074

The train gets underway.

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 7137 and 7041
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 08, 2008

Views: 3,413
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Favorited: 4


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Photo ID: 249488

God sure was in his heaven on this perfect Sunday evening. He showered all before him in shimmering gold and poor fools like me wanted to take it all home!

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6992
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 04, 2008

Views: 3,284
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Favorited: 2
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Photo ID: 249410

In the gloom of Daban's repair hall, this image needed an ultra wideangle lens (21mm equivalent) and an exposure of F2.8 at 1/8th second. More than that, it needed a mate's steady shoulder (thanks... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6125
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 03, 2008

Views: 5,876
Comments: 4

Favorited: 19
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Photo ID: 249389

Golden dusk at Daban. This was my breathtaking first view of a 'real' steam depot in the 21st century. It could scarcely have been more perfect (or surreal)!

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6981
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 03, 2008

Views: 2,785
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Photo ID: 249384

The pool in the foreground is starting to freeze as QJ 6992 sits in the fading sun awaiting duties. This is the running shed side of Daban MPD yard and the depot's newly-delivered breakdown crane ... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: 6992
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 03, 2008

Views: 3,782
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Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 249375

Shattered dreams! If ever there was such a place as the mythical 'elephant's graveyard', then surely this is the equivalent for the noble 'iron horse'. Slowly sinking into the mire is this woebego... (more)

Railroad: Jitong Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Daban, Inner Mongolia, China
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: QJ Class 2-10-2
Photo Date: March 10, 2002


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By: Steve Armitage

Added: Sep 03, 2008

Views: 6,057
Comments: 1

Favorited: 7
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