Back in 2003 Jalainur open-cast pit was still a very steamy location. The exhausts of at least 9 SY locos are visible here.
3 SY 2-8-2 locos are seen at Betai steelworks in 2003.
SY class 2-8-2 No 1255 mingles with the local traffic on a road crossing at Tiefa in 2003.
3 SY locos are seen at work at Betai steelworks in 2003. This is a color photo!
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