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A day and a half in Mladejov produced several nice shots of this little railway with the last working Engerth locomotive. Most of the first day was overcastted or rainy, but we found the little gabs in the clouds which enabled us to take some sunny shots. The temperatures have been low for the last [...]

They did it! Sandaoling will run at least until 2018. They reduced the number of locos in the pit to three, but they’ll continue to run for sure. Time for another winter tour in December 2017! Man hat es tatsächlich getan! Sandaling wird bis mindestens 2018 mit Dampf weiter fahren. Man hat zwar die Zahl [...]

After the Chinese New Years’ break Sandaoling is running as usual. There are new rumors that the final end of the steam and the railway is not decided yet. They’ll announced an all stakeholder meeting in March – and this should bring a decision. So there is still hope as the mine is supposed to [...]

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 [...]

Auf dem Weg zurück von Zingyaik, wo sich die Steinbrüche befinden, nach Bago erlebten wir einen schönen Abend. Anbei ein paar Bilder von diesem Tag. ***** On our way back from Zingyaik, the station next to a quarry, to Bago we experienced some very nice moments in the evening. Here are some pictures from that [...]

Auf dem Weg nach Süden ist unser Steinzug mittlerweile im Verladebahnhof bei den Steinbrüchen angekommen. Auf dem Weg dorthin sind noch einige Aufnahmen entstanden. On the way to the south our stone train reached its destination – the quarries of Zingyaik. On the way we could take some more pictures.

Mit einem authentischen Steinzug auf dem Weg nach Süden: das hat es seit zehn Jahren nicht mehr gegeben. Die Maschine hält erstaunlich gut durch. Bis auf ein heiß gelaufenes Lager (wird heute am Ruhetag repariert) und einen (genau vor dieser Aufnahme) verstopften Ölbrenner (fünf Minuten Verzögerung) gab es bislang keine Probleme. An authentic stone train [...]

Am dritten Tag unserer Reise hat uns im Verlaufe des Tages das Wetterglück verlassen. Ansonsten hat sich auf der Staatsbahn Myanmars noch nicht viel geändert. Noch, denn der Vertrag mit japanischen Lieferanten sieht vor, die Signaltechnik ab Juni 2017 umzubauen. Dann ist die Zeit der Formsignale vorbei. ***** The third day of our tour saw [...]

Nach zehn Jahren endlich wieder ein richtiger Dampfzug auf der Staatsbahn: YC 629 fuhr heute nach Pyuntaza. Ten years after the last real steam in Burma we got it, finally: YC 629 went with an authentic train to Pyuntaza.

Before the tour starts: monks blessing our locomotives. The pictures shows the monks in the cab of YD 964, praying for the gods of steam. Bevor die Reise beginnen kann: Mönche weihen unsere Lokomotiven, hier im Führerstand von YD 964 beim Beten für die Götter des Dampfes.

After a message that they extended their use of steam until the winter due to financial problems the end came over night: August 31st, 2016, the last fires were dropped in Fuxin. Diesel locomotives took over everything now. Pingzhuang and Sandaoling are the remaining steam hotspots. Their end will also come soon but not unexpected. [...]

The last survivor of daily real steam operation of Indonesia is Purwodadi. They’re still using two locomotives to pull and push the trains over the bridge to the mill. Sometimes diesel locos are involved in this duty, however. Olean is also using steam, but not on a daily basis. ***** Die letzte Mühle, die noch [...]

Steam in Fuxin and Pingzhuang

Fuxin is continuing to run steam. They first decided to leave four locos in service to avoid to dismiss too many staff. But then they had financial problems and can’t afford the diesel locos they got from another mine. These locos are in use: SY 1319, 1460, 1378, 1395 (Zhude), 1210, 1818 Pingzhuang has serious [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]