The International Steam Pages
Bad News from North China 2001
Full versions on both these reports will be posted in due course:
Bernd Seiler (11th December 2001) shows that bad news can come in droves:
"Yes, I got the information of Xilin closure three weeks ago so we had to skip this point from our itinerary. The track is already lifted, according to my Chinese contact.
Other sad news is that Shuangyashan has bought used DF1's. We saw six units in service.
Next bad news: Mudanjiang workshop has overhauled their last steam loco and finished the work on November 26th. No new orders are available. It comes to an end ..."
Mike Tyack is struggling too:
Weather appalling - have seen the sun for half a day at Singing Sands with no trains and a full day above the sand storm at Wuhaixi!
Arrived Singing Sands at 12.30, just in time to see smoke of uphill freight disappearing into tunnel beneath us! Weather dull. Cleared as afternoon progressed. Snow on the dunes.
Passenger 7401 - DF4
Weather started clear, clouded over by 9.00 & gloomy/dull rest of day.
Great day for steam but no weather. Turn-round time for downhill steam at Shabazi to
return is about 4 hours.
A great day for activity - if only the weather had been kind! All trains were running pretty well within 10\15 minutes of booked times at Shabazi.
Wuhiaxi - Jilantai.
Scenically uninspiring with a line of poles on each side of the track. The climb out of
Wuhaixi/Wusutu is stiff but the whole area is blighted with poles of 3 different
varieties/pylons etc. etc. Possibly about two worthwhile photographs if trains ran at
certain times of the day, but the chances are not high!!!
Diesel combinations of
1 uphill steam freight booked for 14.18 this afternoon.
Grimmo is the word that springs to mind - both weather & diesel operation!