AS STEAM disappears in China it appears there is more local interest than ever.
In February the English language newspaper China Daily published a long feature on the Sandaoling coal mine, well known to many railway photographers as the last place anywhere in the world with significant daily steam freight operation.
The China Daily report confirmed the steam locos used at the site will cease within two years as part of the Chinese government’s drive to reduce pollution from burning coal. The original plan was to use diesel locos until the mine closed completely in June 2020.
However, in the short term, this gives the remaining steam locos a short reprieve as the mine owners will not bother replacing them with diesels.
Two steam locos are due to be overhauled this year to keep them going until 2020.
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