Vintage Shenyang Area Pictures

January 1985

All photographs © Copyright Duncan Cotterill 2002. All rights reserved.

Our visit to Fushun produced very few quality pictures but we did find American exile KD6 478 waiting at the opencast mine's servicing point. This loco was one of a number of USATC S160 class 2-8-0s supplied to China by UNRRA after WWII. It is thought that all the Chinese engines acquired larger cabs and taller chimneys to suit the generous Chinese loading gauge. In my opinion, they look far better than the originals.

Although expresses around Shenyang were usually diesel hauled, semi-fast and local passengers remained steam. Here a spotless JS5866 is seen at Hunhe on a Benxi line service. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to photograph any of the Anshan line locals, which were still SL hauled at this time.

What an ugly engine! SL7 751 had recently been restored to working order by Sujiatun museum and there was even talk of using it on tourist trains between Shenyang and Dalian, the route it was originally built for in the mid-1930s. To date, these plans have come to nothing.

The very first production QJ, built by Datong Works in September 1964, was being used to shunt the hump at Sujiatun yard. It is thought that this loco has been retained for preservation but it doesn't feature on the initial list of engines transferred to the new Beijing Railway Museum. The first QJ prototype, QJ0001 built by Dalian in 1958 and used in the late 1980s for shunting at Jilin, has also survived and is now on display at Beijing carrying it's original number HP0001.

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