Steam in China - October 2004
by Dave Fielding
Baiyin, Baotou, DaGu
On 21st October, during their 2004 China Tour, a group of LCGB and IRS members made an official visit to Baiyin Metal Works arranged by our guide Lu Yong of CITS Harbin. We observed 15 SY of which 7 were in steam, 5 dumped/derelict and 4 JS dumped/derelict. We must have been one of the first official visits (if not the first) as we were accompanied by a cameraman and a young lady with a Sony camcorder, as we photed and videoed, we ourselves were photed and videoed.
|JS 8021|| ||Dumped in compound next to depot|
|JS 8082||Datong /1987||Dumped south of depot in permanent way yard|
|JS 8224||Datong /1987||Dumped south of depot in permanent way yard|
|JS 8350||Datong /1988||Dumped south of depot in permanent way yard|
|SY 0135||Tangshan 1/1969||Dumped at back of depot|
|SY 0139||Tangshan 4/1969||Dumped in compound next to depot|
|SY 0194||Tangshan 2/1970||Dumped in compound next to depot|
|SY 0206|| ||Working|
|SY 0612|| ||Working on slag tip shunt with two cauldron wagons|
|SY 0701||Tangshan 8/1973||Dumped south of depot in permanent way yard|
|SY 0819||Tangshan 4/1974||In steam on side tipping wagons at ore unloading siding South of permanent way yard|
|SY 0965||Tangshan 3/1975||In depot, out of use|
|SY 1013||Tangshan 6/1975||Dumped at back of depot|
|SY 1047||Tangshan 9/1975||Working around main yard|
|SY 1067||Tangshan 10/1975||In depot, minor repairs|
|SY 1470||Tangshan 7/1986||Working, first shunting tank wagons into yard just South of depot, then passenger trains|
|SY 1581||Tangshan 10/1987||Working around main yard|
|SY 1583||Tangshan 10/1987||Working around main yard, later shunting North West Lead Zinc Smelter|
|SY 3020||Changchun 1995||Overhaul in workshop, not a Baiyin loco, from colliery near Lanzhou|
More details can be added to the map as follows:
- Add a line going East from Gongsi yard into factory complex named (in English) as North West Lead Zinc Smelter.
- Before entering the complex the line passes under a higher level line connecting the "local railway" to factory complexes including blast furnaces well to the South of Gongsi yard. This higher level line obstructs the view but from the East of the line, you can see the slag tip line running West to East from the blast furnace area.
- There also was a track running south of the Lead and Zinc Smelting Works in a south westerly direction and passing under the slag tipping line. I assume that this line, like the line into the Lead and Zinc Smelting Works passes under the north south side of the triangle.
Around midday SY 1470 arrived at the Gongsi passenger platform from Baiyin Shi with a single passenger coach, passengers were mostly young school children. At 13.30 it propelled the coach complete with the children, some adults, bicycles and our group back to Baiyin Shi. Almost immediately it returned to Gongsi minus children but with a few passengers and our group. The coach was so filthy that sitting on the seats was not recommended. Around 15.30 SY 1470 was photographed out on the "local railway" with 7 coaches, assumed to be the 15.15 ex Baiyin Shi.
Gongsi yard has around 14 tracks plus 3 more parallel in a compound to the South which contained passenger coaches and some of the yellow tank wagons which formed the majority of wagons in the yard. A green CNR DF4 was noted bringing wagons into the yard. Our group did not visit the SYs between Baiyin Xi and Baiyin Shi.
Oct 12th. By this date SY 1478 was noted stripped down to a bare boiler in Fuxin repair workshops.
Oct 18th Huhehahote CNR depot: QJ 7064 in fine condition is plinthed and the plinth is rail connected to depot tracks. SY 1314 is dumped, connecting rods off, behind tank wagons on track by depot's oil storage tanks.
Oct 20th Baotou Iron and Steel. New maroon-grey DF7G 0042 being examined by staff at diesel depot. On leaving Baotou a similar (or maybe the same) loco was working well to the West of the works.
At Baotou (Xi) CNR depot the three preserved locos are now under a roof and have been repainted. Two more locomotives have been added to the collection and were being repainted but not yet numbered. They appeared to be JS 8316 and QJ 6834. In addition there are 21 JSs and 2 QJs dumped at the depot.
Oct 22nd/23rd Daba-Guyaozi. Linesiding was purgatory due to limited traffic, particularly on 22nd when 9.00-18.00 produced loaded trains at 10.45 and 15.05 with empties at 18.00. Also observed were Daba: 6832 at servicing point, 7194 shunting shiny tank wagons, linesiding 7061 and 1465 on loaded trains and 7194 on empties, Guyaozi shed area 7200 in steam, 7205 and 7195 which surely should only be described as dead or spare, rather than out of use, 7036 inside shed and Guyaozi station area 6545 in light steam. On Oct 23rd 10.05 7194+6832 on 40 wagon loaded train and 13.40 7200 on 3 tank wagons plus 35 empties. The group left the lineside at 14.15 for Yinchuan airport and a flight back to Beijing.
A few kilometers short of Guyaozi what appeared to be a brand new loop (or maybe upgrading of an existing loop) complete with siding and new buildings was being built. Is an increase in traffic planned and why so relatively close to Guyaozi?
Dave Fielding, email: firstname.lastname@example.org