A compilation of film taken during the years 2002-2009. The narrow gauge lines in China are 762 mm and use the C2 0-8-0. This film looks at five very different lines. The Dahuichang Limestone Railway, the Suileng Local Railway, Huanan Coal Railway, Weihe Forestry Railway and the Shibanxi Local Railway.
Real steam in China is rapidly dwindling. This film looks at some of the last steam operations some of which will survive a few years longer.
We start at Meihekou a coal mining railway north of Shenyang with its SY 2-8-2s. Next is Gongwusu near Wuxi a coal mining system using JS class 2-8-2s. Baiyin serves a number of metal smelting plants and associated chemical works. In Shandong Province we cover 3 QJ operated mining systems, the last QJs in service. Moving on there are SYs at another coal mining railway at Beipiao. The Steelworks at Baotou has long been famous for the spectacular night-time slag tipping, with its fiery display. Jalainur's open cast pit is spectacular but this time we cover the less well known surface lines at spectacularly low temperatures. The Shibanxi narrow gauge railway uses C2 0-8-0s and is a delightful country railway running through unspoilt villages and farmland.
Ten different railway systems all across China with Classes QJ, JS, SY and C2 not forgetting the KD6.
Jalainur, Pingdingshan, Tiefa, Fuxin, Nanpiao, Huludao, Suileng, Huanan, Sandaoling and Jixi. Plus the 701 Works.
A two disc prentation of 110 minutes of all steam action.
BH-321 'Jitong' - running time 60 mins
The Full Jitong Railway from end to end. The ultimate JiTong Railway film in both summer and winter conditions, this film starts at the stabling point at Zhelimu and follows the railway westwards to Shangdian summit and then starts again with the western end at Benhong working eastwards. Visits to the depots at Daban, Chabuga and Baiqi. QJ heavy freight action
DVD No. BH-320 - Running time 59 minutes
Our 6th film about modern working steam in China starts with the SY operation at Handan Steelworks and the fleet of QJ 2-10-2s based on the Zhungeer Coal Railway. Shots include night shed scenes. The western end of the JiTong Railway around Baiqi and at Sanggendalai is visited before focusing on Jingpeng Pass. Next is Yuanbaoshan with its allocation of JS 2-8-2s before moving to the busy mining railway system at Pingdingshan unique for its allocation of all three classes QJ, JS and SY. The film finishes with the opencast coalmine at Jalainur on the Russian border
DVD No. BH-310 - Running Time 60 minutes
"Dragons in the Snow" is set in the year 2000 the Year of the Dragon and is an opportunity to see China in winter for steam in the snow. The coal carrying line through AoBaoGou uses double headed QJ's with a QJ banker to lift loads up the valley to the Power Station near DongSheng. See a coal train stall and take three attempts to breast the summit of the Chengde Steelworks Branch on this 1:30 graded line. The highlight of the tape is the coverage of JingPeng Pass in winter including a cab ride on a QJ up the pass from JingPeng Station to Shangdian summit.
DVD BH-314 Running time 58 minutes
The Dahuichang Limestone Railway near Beijing starts Part 1 of 'Year of the Iron Horse' with its C2 Narrow Gauge 0-8-0's. Next up is the Tiefa Coal Mine Industrial system with its fleet of SY 2-8-2's on both passenger and freight. The main part of the tape gives more coverage to the famous JiTong Railway at JingPeng Pass with double headed QJ's on the 2,300 ton freights.
A wide variety of action on both narrow and standard gauges in industrial and local railway environments. Steam all the way.
DVD BH-315 - Running time 60 minutes
Our 5th video about steam in China looks at the Jitong Railway east of JingPeng Pass at locations around Yuzhoudi, Lindong with its Pagoda, Yamenmiao and the steam depot at Chabouga. Areas of the JiTong railway not often covered.
The Fuxin industrial system centres around the huge opencast mine and other collierys. Benxi steelworks has a fleet of 36 SY 2-8-2's whilst Sujitun is perhaps the last steam repair workshop remaining in China.
The Weihe narrow gauge logging railway uses C2 0-8-0's to bring logs from the hillsides to the woodyards for cutting.
QJ, SY and C2 action in countryside and industrial locations.
DVD No. BH-304 - Running Time 55 minutes
"In Search of the Iron Rooster" features the use of steam in China in both industrial and regional railway use. Visits are made to Tangshan Coalmine and Tangshan Steelworks, but most action is concentrated on the Ji-Tong Railway 1000 Km from Tongliao to JiningNan and 100% steam operated. This famous line was built as late as 1992 and provides the most spectacular action over the central section in Inner Mongolia traversing JingPeng Pass with double headed QJ 2-10-2's
DVD No. BH-308 - Running Time 50 minutes
Twenty Days in China starts with the steam locomotive repair shops at Mudanjiang where up to 15 locomotives per month are repaired and returned to their users. We visit Tumen on the border with North Korea, visiting the depot and witnessing the steam operations on both passenger and freight. A visit to the Heilong Branch sees JS Class locomotives fitted with smoke deflectors for operating trains on this steeply graded line. Traveling north to the Chinese border with Russia we focus on the famous opencast coalmine at Jalainur home to 59 SY Class locomotives. Mainline steam around Yebaishou was still busy in 1998 which we cover on the two climbs from this City. Lastly we visit the Chengde Steelworks branch.