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Steam in China, Avoiding the Olympics Part 1, July 2012

by Bill Alborough (forwarded to Neil Edwards)

Baiyin, Sandaoling

Baiyin

Monday 23rd July 2012.
07.35 Passenger to Sanyelian, GKD1A 0206.
07.50 Passenger to Shenbutong, SY 1013.
15.15 Passenger to Shenbutong, SY 1013.

Shunting duties SY 1047 and 1470 (Noon double-header SY 1047+SY 1470).

The derelict JS were seen, but not individually identified.
Derelict SYs 0135, 0139 and 0612 (as 0-8-0).

Stored at Qianyin Factory (information from management),
SYs 2008 (0701), 0819 and 0965.

Washout repair at depot SY 1581.

Main overhaul awaited SY 1583 (loco and tender separated in preparation of work commencing).

Railcars.
06 4WR Red/Blue on cream.
08 4WR Blue/White on cream.

Complete, but in dump line, SY 1067 (was at Baiyin North-West Copper Process Works).

Tuesday 24th July 2012.
07.35 Passenger to Sanyelian, DF7G 5183.
07.50 Passenger to Shenbutong, SY 1013.

The three SYs in use were in excellent condition, especially 1013 on the passenger, which nipped along smartly, making chasing impossible.

Sandaoling

Sandaoling (2 weeks holiday, until Monday 30th July).

Wednesday 25th July 2012.
3 trains half hourly intervals from open-cast mine to Washery JS+13 wagons,
JS 8077,8089 and 8167.

Overburden to West Station (Xibolizhan), and tips, non operational. All 13 locomotives, cold but fully coaled and watered, and empty wagons, lined up at West Station yard.
SY 1304,
JS 6209 (ex-store), 6224, 8027, 8040, 8076, 8078, 8080, 8081, 8173, 8190, 8195, 8225.

Thursday 26th July 2012.
3 trains half hourly intervals from open-cast mine to Washery JS+13 wagons,
JS 8077, 8089 and 8167.
Access to workshops denied.
Access to stored/dumped locos denied, JS 6208,6210 and SY 1720 identified through gate.
3 JS 6204 (ex-store!), 8053 and 8366 shunt South Station (Nanzhan) yard, and trip workings to Beiquan Mines.
DF8B 0247 trip workings to main line Liushiquan.
DF8B 0248, 0249 and 0250 fully crewed as standby for any steam failures-did not move.

Friday 27th July 2012.
3 trains half hourly intervals from open-cast mine to Washery JS+13 wagons
JS 8081 (was cold at West Station), 8077 and 8167.
JS 8089 being used as general shunting locomotive at West Station, collecting JS 8040 for delivery to workshops.
Permission granted to enter loco storage compound, then withdrawn after 10 minutes.
Workshops actve pm, no access to us.
24 locomotives in storage area seen before ejection.

Sandaoling Full List/Location
SY 0092 Stored 27-7-2012.
SY 1304 cold at West Station, assumed working.
SY 1593 Stored 27-7-2012.
SY 1718 Stored 27-7-2012.
SY 1720 Stored 27-7-2012 (was reported working in 2011).
SY 1729 Not Seen (was reported working in 2011).
(SY 1729 was reported by Chris Yapp in china628 as stored, together with JS 6204, in a compound near the level crossing to the deep mines, November 2011. D.F.)

DF8B 0247 active on trains to main line.
DF8B 0248/0249 and 0250 on headshunt, fully crewed, in case of steam locomotive failure. Did not move whilst we were there.

Cabs at works, accident damage JS 6224, 6260, 8167, 8190 and 8213.

JS 5455 Stored 27-7-2012 (no tender).
JS 6203 Stored 27-7-2012 (major overhaul in 2011?).
JS 6204 Active South Station (Nanzhan), trains to Baiquan Mine.
JS 6205 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 6206 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 6208 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 6209 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 6210 Stored 27-7-2012 (no tender).
JS 6223 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 6224 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 6259 Stored 27-7-2012 (no tender).
JS 6261 Stored 27-7-2012 (Reported working in 2011).
JS 6430 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 6436 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 8027 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8040 Cold at West Station, into workshop on 27-7-2012.
JS 8053 Active at South Station.
JS 8055 Stored 27-7-2012 (coupled to tender JS 8193).
JS 8076 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8077 Active on coal trains from open-cast mine.
JS 8078 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8080 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8081 Cold at West Station 25th and 26th July, active 28th July 2012.
JS 8089 Active on coal trains from open-cast mine.
JS 8167 Active on coal trains from open-cast mine.
JS 8173 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8188 Stored 27-7-2012 (Reported working in 2012).
JS 8189 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 8190 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8193 Stored 27-7-2012 (with 8193 tender-see 8055).
JS 8194 Stored 27-7-2012 (Reported working in 2012).
JS 8195 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8197 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 8221 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 8222 Stored 27-7-2012.
JS 8225 Cold at West Station, assumed working.
JS 8366 Active at South Station.
JS 8384 Stored 27-7-2012.

NOT SEEN
JS 8314, 8358 and 8368 (Reported working in 2012).

Bill Alborough and Neil Edwards

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