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Changes at Fuxin

Posted in China, Fuxin by folkestonejack on January 15, 2011

The impending demise of steam at Jixi has made Fuxin one of the steamiest places in China and, in theory, the place should thrill any steam enthusiast. However, for some reason I find it a hard place to like.

Our minibus took us to a familiar location – the main level crossing at one end of Wulong Yard. However, I found it a little hard to get my bearings at first. Nothing seemed quite as I remembered. Gradually I pieced together what I recalled of the place and started to realise what was missing or had changed.

In the year since I last visited Fuxin the disused coal loading facility in Wulong Yard has been demolished along with the small building at the foot crossing. As if that wasn’t enough, a new underpass now runs underneath the railway. On the morning we visited the workshops were also shut up which added to a general sense of desolation. How much can change in such a short time!

We weren’t alone either – it was great to see some familiar faces from previous trips that I’d been on and found myself unable to stop myself from uttering the usual cliche about it being a small world. Ho hum…

The new underpass

The new underpass

A more familiar sight... SY 1378 passes over the crossing on the way out from Wulong Yard

A more familiar sight... SY 1378 passes over the crossing on the way out from Wulong Yard

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