The International Steam Pages
Steam in Paradise in China 2003/4
Report from Ian Wright who took part in the "Steam in Paradise" tour to Mongolia over Christmas/New Year 2003/2004.
Daihuichang Limestone Railway, Beijing.
Operating "as normal" over the afternoon December 21.
Visited December 21/22/23/24.
All locos allocated here were in use. Traffic was very variable but heavy. On 2 days
most trains operated during the hours of darkness. On the other 2 we saw a loaded train
Pingzhuang Colliery, Chifeng. Still using JS and SY class on engineering trains. If the weather is calm the "big pit" maybe obscured by pollution that collects in it.
Yuanbaoshan Colliery, Chifeng. 4 JS were seen in steam. A good glint shot of the evening passenger was gained on a river bridge about 3 miles east of the junction. On reaching the colliery the JS pulled the stock from the "station" forward a further half mile, passed the colliery.. This loco then returned, tender first, with a loaded coal train. The passenger stock returned with a second loco that pulled a rake of empties about an hour after the passenger.