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Sandaoling sunrise

Posted in China, Sandaoling by folkestonejack on December 4, 2009

Arrived in Hami on time at 6.20am.

A further  one and a half hours  on the road brought us to Sandaoling at sunrise – perfect timing  to see a banked freight train from Liushuquan to Nanzhan using two JS class steam locomotives. 

JS 8053 hauls a train from Liushuquan to Nanzhan...

...banked by JS 6208.

As there was a good road here we were able to chase and overtake the banked train, ready to take another shot further down the line.  It was whilst standing here, watching the banked train working hard as it made its way through the barren landscape, that I really felt the power of this spectacle.

My camera gave up far too soon, probably shocked by the sudden introduction to the cold… so I just stood and watched. Sometimes it’s the only way to really savour something like this.

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