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End of JiTong Steam

by Hans Schäfer

 

Here are a few remarks about the end of Jitong steam:

On Oct 14, they had only 20 QJ left as serviceable engines. 6878, 6988 and 7040 were withdrawn between Oct 4 and 9.

Diesel engines 9516, 9518 and 9030 are assigned Daban to Chabuga, but 6031 from a different brigade was also assigned this line during the last few days.

In conflict to Bernd Seilers info: A QJ may pull up to 3000 tons Daban to Chabuga. This happened with 7119 on Oct 12. Double traction is only needed above 3000 tons or if they need the engine on the other end of the line.

The new prolonged tracks in several stations should be opened some time in early November. They are already now running longest possible trains between Daban and Chabuga. This results in slow crossings, as the trains first stop and slowly pull into the staions untuil given the clear from the signalman at ther back of the train. With longer tracks the trainlength may increase, and they clear the switches faster.

The people digging the signal cable ditches in Gulumanhan were prisoners. Most of them on 3 to 4 years terms in Daban prison. Some for drunk driving.

For last minute travellers I can recommend the taxi driver living right outside Lindong station in the left hand side shop. He is level crossing guard at km 683 but also drives taxi. He is reliable, drives everywhere and gets you from the line if you call him. Phone number 139 4764 3956. I paid 100 Yuan for a trip Lindong - Gulumanhan including photo stop at Sha Li He bridge (km 665).

And here the Daban roster of engines for three dates in october:

1 October 2005


1. Brigade
4240 4241 4242 QJ 7081 passenger, 6981 shunter Daban
2. Brigade
9010 0660 0548 6031 9516 0392 6108 (new, still without personnel)
3. Brigade
0490 6005 9518 0552 0636 6004 (new, still without personnel)
4. Brigade
9517 6007 0582 0539 1291 6103 (new, still without personnel)
5. Brigade
QJ 6998 6878 7143 7030 7010 7002
6. Brigade
QJ 6988 7119 7040 7038 6984
7. Brigade
QJ 7012 7163 7105 7063 7037
8. Brigade
QJ 6991 7104 7049 7048 6891
9. Brigade
0570 6020 3635 0537 6011

Just 23 QJ are left now!

5 October 2005


1. Brigade
4241 4242 QJ 7081 passenger, 6981 shunter Daban
2. Brigade
9010 0660 0548 6031 9516 0392 6108 (new, still without personnel)
3. Brigade
0490 6005 9518 0552 0636 6004 (new, still without personnel)
4. Brigade
9517 6007 0582 0539 1291 6103 (new, still without personnel)
5. Brigade
QJ 6998 6878 7143 7030 7010 7002
6. Brigade
QJ 6988 7119 7040 7038 6984
7. Brigade
QJ 7012 7163 7105 7063 7037
8. Brigade
QJ 6991 7104 7049 7048 6891
9. Brigade
0570 6020 3635 0537 6011

9 October 2005


1. Brigade
4241 4242 QJ 7081 passenger, 6981 shunter Daban
2. Brigade
0660 0548 6031 0392 6108 (new, still without personnel)
3. Brigade
0490 6005 0552 0636 6004 (new, still without personnel)
4. Brigade
9517 6007 0582 0539 1291 6103 (new, still without personnel)
5. Brigade
QJ 6998 7119 7143 7030 7010 7002
6. Brigade
DF4 9516, 9518, 9010
7. Brigade
QJ 7012 7163 7105 7063 7037 7038
8. Brigade
QJ 6991 7104 7049 7048 6891 6984
9. Brigade
DF4 0570 6020 3635 0537 6011, withdrawn QJ 6878, 6988, 7040

Just 20 QJ left!

7119 rev Sujiatun 7/2005 and 7038 are to be kept as tourist engines 7030 to be withdrawn 15.10.2005

Hans Schaefer


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