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Steam commuter

Posted in China, Diaobingshan by folkestonejack on January 14, 2011

It says alot when 7am qualifies as a late start, but I wasn’t about to quibble. It was most welcome after the ultra early start yesterday…

Once we had all made it down to the minibus we headed off to Wangqian with its distinctive church. Most of the group headed up to the top of the quarry to get a shot of the steam hauled passenger service making its way across the landscape, but having tried that last year I stayed down in the village for an arrival shot. It proved to be a good decision as the sight of the SY making its way round the curve with the smoke playing across the sun was simply wonderful.

SY 1770 with the morning passenger train to Wangqian

SY 1770 with the morning passenger train to Wangqian

After regrouping we drove to Gushanzi to board the tender-first return working to Diaobingshan. A ticket for the journey cost one yuan per person (approximately 10 pence) which is an incredible price for a taste of real steam in the 21st century… indeed, my steam hauled trip into town with the local commuters is the only time in my life that I have experienced genuine steam (with the exception of steam on the Poznan-Wolsztyn line). Unforgettable.

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