Xihe Mine Departure

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    This rather unusual metre gauge line ran south east from Dakunlun on the Boshan branch, south of Xibo. Unique 0-10-0 tank locos were believed to have been Chinese-built derivatives of original Orenstein and Koppel locomotives, if not originally built by the Berlin firm itself. During my visit to the system on 14th-15th November 1999 there were four round trips during daylight between the China Rail exchange sidings at Dakunlun and Xihe Colliery, a distance of only a few kilomotres. The working locomotives were all found in rather poor shape and the cold emphasised the bad steam leaks that they had. Rather regretably, this unusual railway closed shortly after this brief encounter and the intended repeat visit for a longer period of time was never made. Other images of this railway have appeared in chapter 6 of "China the World's Last Steam Railway" - Pingdingshan & Central China.

    In this scene, loco no.97712 (the numbers refer to the last date of overhaul) gets under way from Xihe on a misty 15th November 1999, adding more coal dust and grime to the already coal dust-blackened landscape around Zibo in the Shandong Province.

    © Copyright Gordon Edgar - No unauthorised use.

    tarboat, FlyingScotsman4472, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. tarboat 69 months ago | reply

      Pure industrial China - grey and gritty. A super image.

    2. Kingmoor Klickr 69 months ago | reply

      Thank you Tarboat. Yes, it was a rather good holiday destination at the time.

    3. FlyingScotsman4472 69 months ago | reply

      Beautiful composition fabulous shot Gordon.

    4. kacam 69 months ago | reply

      ¡¡fantástica, una gran escena rural llena de pequeños detalles con una perfecta composición, destaca el paralelismo entre la carretera y las vías, muy buena!!

    5. stevewilliams7 43 months ago | reply

      Wonderful monochrome. Has echoes of Bill Brandt about it.

    6. robertkan1991 33 months ago | reply

      I'm from this small town. This kind of image only exists in my memory.

    7. Kingmoor Klickr 33 months ago | reply

      Belated thanks to all who have kindly commented.
      Robert Kan I guess that a great deal has changed beyond recognition now Robert. I regret that I managed just the one visit before the railway closed, just a few months after this visit in 1999. I have other images from Xihe in my collection, which I will get around to uploading one day!

    8. robertkan1991 33 months ago | reply

      Gordon Edgar I'm looking forward to see your images.

    9. kanwei1991 28 months ago | reply

      May I share this great photo on the local photography BBS of my
      town? No comercial uses of course, just for shearing good photos and stories.

    10. Kingmoor Klickr 28 months ago | reply

      Robert KAN Hello again Robert. Yes, that's fine as long as no commercial use. Thank you for asking. Regards, Gordon

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