Discount for tour without Tiefa, incl. full day in Beijing, and returning to London Jan. 27 – £950; single room supplement for the reduced tour £475
Can you remember the early years of the 21st Century, when we would regularly fly to China, and travel – often by overnight train – to the far reaches of Inner Mongolia, to freeze our b******s off waiting for “QJ” 2-10-2’s on the Jingpeng Pass, or at Bautao, or perhaps Tiefa for the passenger trains – with the most stunning smoke effects from the engines in the still winter air, not to mention the sounds, so effectively captured on video! (Although not yet HD, nor yet 4K, because we didn’t have it then!) But now we do…… but sadly all of that has gone – however with two exceptions – Sandaoling mine at Hami, near to Urumqi in the extreme north-west of China, where powerful “JS” 2-8-2’s still pound noisily out of the pit at Sandaoling, and where operations are now expected to last until at least until our visit in January 2024; and Tiefa, where two “SY” 2-8-2’s are retained in operational condition, and they are expected to perform on passenger and freight photo-charters.
Photos courtesy CBR Rail Ltd. Tour operation subject to renewal of our CAA ATOL licence