The morning shift has just gotten underway and in this photo we see an engineer eating his breakfast from the confines of the some what warm cab.
JS 8225 storms uphill past the jumbled boulders halfway that mark the halfway point from Baerzhan to Kengkouzhan.
JS 8225 storms uphill along the double track mine railway at Sandaoling.
2-8-2 steamlocomotive JS # 8225 is pulling a 700 ton coal train out of the open cast pit of Sandaoling.
2-8-2 steamlocomotive JS # 8225 is pushing an empty train from Dongbolizhan down to the open cast coal pit, near the crossing of Dongbolizhan, with a hand-painted crossing sign.
View from the southern edge of the huge pit to a coal train, pulled by SJ # 8225 on the about 1.0 % grade, with the Tianshan mountain range in the background.
At this point, the empty downgoing trains have to wait often, till a loaded train leaves the blue loader. JS # 8225 standing with her 13 hopper train near station 82 (Baerzhan).
The 2-8-2 steamlocomotive JS # 8225 is going down to the loading point in the pit with her train.
2-8-2 steamlocomotive JS # 8225 storming up the 1.0 to 1.2 % grade with her coal train of estimated about 700 ton.
JS # 8225 storming up the estimated 1.2 to 1.5 % grade from the open cast pit to the washery at Sandaoling with a 13 car coal train.