In the industrial smog at Pingdingshan, 4 steam locos are seen at work in November 2003.
JS 2-8-2 No 8338 was one of 8 steam locos being prepared for their day`s duties at Pingdingshan in November 2003. They all departed within 25 minutes of each other. Not bad for the 21st century!
SY (left) and QJ (unusually without smoke deflectors) locos are prepared for duty at Pingdingshan in 2003.
A welcome feature of the Pingdingshan coal railway was steam hauled passenger trains. Here SY1687 is seen at Zhongxin station in November 2003.
Local folk sift through ashes from the steam locos at Pingdingshan, looking for unburned pieces of coal to take home.