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Jun & John offer the last and final tour to Fuxin, just days before they’ll receive diesel locomotives. This is what I got: The information seems to come from one (well placed) source – Mr Gu who arranges for groups to visit the stabling point, loco depot and workshop at Fuxin. The reason given is that various outlying coalmines will […]

A coal mine company close to Fuxin will cease its production. They’re using 7 diesel locomotives which will all handed over to Fuxin and eliminate steam in Fuxin. They plan to replace all steam locomotives by the end of June, 2016. By then they want to upgrade the railway line on the top of the […]

Travel report from China (Sandaoling & Fuxin)

I just returned from a trip to China which included visits to Sandaoling and Fuxin. Some of the facts in this report might change in the next weeks due to the fact that I visited the places two weeks after Chinese New Year. Thus some of the operations might not have returned to full scale […]

For the first time on a charter tour to Moldovita we enjoyed brilliant sunshine in the morning. There was no snow, but frost, which made the pictures looking good. We hope for similar weather conditions in October 2016, when we will again charter a train in Moldovita. Das erste Mal, seitdem ich Charterzüge in Moldovita […]

Broad gauge steam in Sri Lanka is quite an experience, but when it comes to authentic looking trains it’s a challenge. Despite all hurdles we managed to get some nice shots from a lovely island with its fantastic people and countryside. Breitspurdampf in Sri Lanka ist eine Erfahrung, aber wenn es authentisch aussehnde Züge sein […]

Sandaoling – End of Steam in 2017

Before I’m able to publish my tour report please find here the latest news from Michael Rhodes: 1. Four locos were working the open cast JS 8081, 8167, 8197 & 8225 2. Two further locos were spare in the workshop and having minor repairs and a boiler washout JS8314 & 8190 3. Working Nanzhan were […]

Baiyin, Gansu, China On November 21st, 2015 the Baiyin Nonferrous Metal Group Co. said farewell to their steam locomotives. This date also marked the day of the last non-tourist steam passenger train service in the world. Am 21.11.2015 sagte die Baiyin Nonferrous Metal Group Co. Lebwohl zu ihren Dampflokomotiven. Dieses Datum markiert damit das endgültige […]

Last week Baiyin received four brand new diesel locomotives. The passenger to Shenbutong is diesel now with the steam loco at the other end of the train to heat the coaches. Curently I’m discussing about steam on December 10th and 11th for our Group. Letzte Woche hat Baiyin vier brandneue Diesellokomotiven erhalten. Die Personenzüge werden […]

James Waite visited Western Australia in Early October 2015. Here’s what he found. The first photo is at what calls itself the East Perth Interstate Terminal which is where the passenger trains from Sydney finish their run. I somehow imagined that this would be a grand affair but in fact it’s something of a sleepy […]

Bruno Sanches reports: The Sentinels, formerly in service at the Amsted-Maxion plant in Cruzeiro – São Paulo, have been purchased by the local (Cruzeiro) chapter of Associação Brasileira de Preservação Ferroviária (ABPF). Both were collected from Maxion and transferred to our yard, that is about 800 meters from Maxion on a straigh line. They couldn’t […]

Have a look here, sometimes wonders become true: https://plus.google.com/+EvenFurtherRail/posts/dYUsZyY9qyi The info is from Douglas Brooks who was the lucky one to see steam in action at Olean.

The Sappi Saiccor paper mill near Durban in South Africa finished steam on August 12th, 2015 (not as reported by others at the end of July). The author of a nice article about the last days of steam, Paul Ash, allowed me to set a link to his article, published in the Sunday Times of Johannesburg, […]

Doug Brooks reports from Java today: A quite day at Kanigoro. There was no cane in the yard by lunchtime today so they decided to give 6 some TLC instead. Pic attached. It works “most days” and they thought that it might have something to do by 16:00. Other good news is that it is […]

Purwodadi: Steam is working!

The sugar mill Purwodai is still using steam. Today nos. 15 and 16 are in use. Good news from Kanigoro as well: one loco in steam.

No survivor in Java? Tasik Madu, another loss.

I was told Tasik Madu used the locos IV and VI in July 2015. At least one survivor I thought! Another information from today saying that no. IV is not serviceable any more and No. VI didn’t run in July! In shed were: I, III, V, VI, XIV, 5 and 7. (07.08.2015) Serviceable: I and VI. In use: None. On […]

Steam in Java: almost over

News from Java are discouraging. More mills seem to be lost. Olean: no steam in regular use, at least one loco operational, but tractors and diesels are doing the remaining Jobs. Purwodadi: tractors and diesel, no plan to use steam any more. That means steam is finished in: Pangka Sumberharjo Sragi Purwodadi Olean So far […]

Steam in Java: the end?

Pangka has currently only tractors and diesels in use. They say, they will start one or two steam locos on August 6th. Sragi has no steam loco in use, only tractors and one diesel loco. Sumberharjo: all steam locos cold in the shed, only one diesel and one tractor in use, all lines to the […]

The Bosnian class 33-Kriegsloks are – again – not allowed to enter state railway tracks. After the initial speedometer problem the Bosnian state railway ŽFBiH banned steam from their tracks again. Boiler and brake certificates are not issued after the standards of the Bosnian state railway, hence the new limitation. So the class 33 is […]

Lesley Blundel reports from Wolsztyn: We are still having major problems with PKP and others. Howards is working hard to try and start every day steam running in January next year. At the present time we are running some steam trains one weekend in July/August. This comprises a double trip to Zabansynek on Thursday, 3 […]

Ben Kletzer sent me the Details of the summer steam event in Inner Mongolia: The train will run from Xilinhot to BaiyinHua in Inner Mongolia using two QJ’s. One of these, QJ7119 has just been overhauled. The tourist train will run from July 1 to August 30th. The steam locomotives will only be used for 56km […]