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The end is nigh…

Posted in China, Nanpiao by folkestonejack on December 14, 2009

Started the morning with some porridge (well, I say porridge but it was actually ordinary rice in a thin watery liquid). I tried it out of curiosity but found it to be as tasteless as it looked… I found myself longing for the kick of the spicy breakfasts, noodle soups or dumplings that I’d become accustomed to!

This morning brought the news that the last survivor had hit some problems, which might explain why we saw it pass from the hillside assisted by a diesel.

SY1299 with a diesel assisted freight working to Zaojiatun

Later, from yet another hilltop vantage point, we could see a column of steam above Zaojiatun as it shunted. It had been due to take an occasional freight working out of Zaojiatun but the load was too much for the loco to haul in its condition. As this news filtered back, we baled out and started on the drive to Fuxin.

SY1299 shunts in Zaojiatun

With the age of steam resting on the shoulders of this single surviving steam locomotive, it can’t be long before time runs out.

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