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After Chinese New Year an SY steam locomotive returned back to service. But today they decided to extinguish the fire at least until July 2017. The coal production is lower than usual due to the reduced demand. However, February 11th we’ll fly to China. Sandaoling an Wujiu are on the agenda. Wujiu is still not [...]

Die gute Nachricht: die Iran-Reise kann durchgeführt werden! Die weniger gute: wegen der Probleme in der Osttürkei fährt über die berühmte Ghotour-Brücke nur ein Zugpaar pro Tag. Wir fahren natürlich trotzdem hin, um dieses Bauwerk abzulichten. Wer weiß, wie lange man noch fahren kann. Herr Trump könnte ein neues Dekret unterschreiben, vielelicht auch die Aufkündigung [...]

Die Reise nach Bulgarien konnte heute zugesagt werden, das 1’F2’-„Monster“ 46.03 wird also im März die Berge hoch brüllen! Die zweiachsigen Wagen werden auch kommen, es bestehen also gute Aussichten, dass die Reise den erhofften Erfolg haben wird. Wer noch mitkommen möchte, findet alle Details hier: http://www.farrail.com/seiten/touren/Dampf-in-Bulgarien-2017.php Viele Grüße aus Birma, Bernd ***** Today we [...]

John Raby was back in Bosnia in May on an industrial heritage tour and what he found confirms that working steam in Bosnia is now normally confined to shunting. At the time of his visit, the Oskova narrow gauge shunt on the Banovici system was also diesel but this was put down to the low demand [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Eritrea saw several heavy floods during the last two years. The railway line was affected and partly washed away. I posted pictures of the damages in this blog. Now I have some pictures from the still ongoing reconstruction of the line. They built new embankments and new bridges, in some sections the line is not [...]

Very sad news from the last genuine narrow gauge steam railway of China: it was said that from the day after tomorrow Rongshan narrow gauge railway will be closed! Sadly, I need to cancel my planned tour in March 2015. Sehr traurige Nachrichten von der letzten nicht touristischen Dampfschmalspurbahn Chinas: Die Strecke von Rongshan soll übermorgen [...]

Finally the coal is at the harbour. It was containerised today. Endlich ist die Kohle im Hafen. Heute wurde sie in Container verladen.

Finally our coal to Eritrea is on its way. In sugar bags! Unsere Kohle nach Eritrea ist endlich auf dem Weg. In Zuckersäcken!

In a month we’ll start to Brazilto visit the Dona Teresa Crsitina railway. As written on http://www.FarRail.com they made a test run in 2012 to check out how many loaded wagons we can haul. There are some amateur videos on YouTube available of this test run. The one on my website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rXW5EloSHE Tender first (we won’t [...]

Rongshan is back to life. The passenger timetable (see http://www.farrail.com/pages/touren-engl/china-2013-03-Rongshan-prison-railway.php, you need to scroll down) is slightly changed … and at the moment it’s sunny there! The diesels are still in the depot, they’re running with steam. Rongshan ist wieder zurück im aktiven Leben. Der Personenzugfahrplan hat sich leicht geändert … und derzeit scheint die [...]

Deutsch weiter unten Our tour to Rongshan We’re facing a difficult situation and have no influence on the decisions. The railway was closed several weeks ago and it was said that they’ll re-open after Chinese new year (starts February 10th). The planned re-opening date is the 25th of February. During this period of non-operation the [...]

After someone spread rumours that it is not possible to get a permit for the “prison railway” Rongshan twice within six weeks I let my contact talk to the local authorities again and got this answer: “I’ve just talked to Rongshan for our visits again. Can confirm again that we will surely be allowed to go [...]

In my trip repoort from March 2011 I published a list of freight wagons (http://www.farrail.com/seiten/tour-report/Wagons-for-museum-stock.pdf) which would be worth to preserve. The published list only showed the freight wagons – but not the also discussed luggage van. After some convincing work and phone calls to the general manager of the Eritrean Railways he agreed to rescue one [...]

High Line beyond Rockwood    This is only my subjective perception. I was only a tour member at the Durango & Silverton Scenic RR and at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR. I know that my requirements are higher than the requirements of most enthusiasts. It seems to be a good option, to stick to [...]

Port Alberni photo positions

If you have questions: my telephon number in Canada is: +1-250-50 77 107. Today I checked the Port Alberni line. Our train looks nice, but the line is rather difficult. However, there are some spots which are good for a few people only at the same time. So we’ll repeat some runpasts there. I kindly [...]

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