On a very frosty winter morning two 2-10-2 "QJ" steamlocomotives are tackling the grade of the Jingpeng pass in the Inner Mongolia prefecture of China with a long freight train.
2-10-2 QJ No 6911 heads out of Daban with the morning passenger train for Tongliao in December 2003.
The last steam hauled mainline passenger train
Not all of the Jitong Railway is spectacular mountain scenery and heavy grades. On the Mongolian steppe, a single QJ was enough ... (more)
The parade continues
Fifteen years ago, you didn't have to wait very long for a double headed steam train to appear somewhere in the area of Jingpeng Pass. That was a good thi... (more)
Steam in the backyard
I'm sure the locals paid no attention to the passing parade of big steam on the Jitong Railway in the early 2000's. They probably had no idea that the for... (more)
Steam, sun, snow
A weak winter sun does its best to penetrate the steam emanating from the stacks of a pair of QJ's being readied for work on a bitterly cold day. Known to those few r... (more)
A pair of QJ's drift past the lower quadrant semaphores into Xiakengzi station, while another pair leave a trail of steam and smoke as the labor uphill with a maximum 2300 tonne train towards the ... (more)