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JS Class 2-8-2 steam locomotives

The JS (or JianShe) 2-8-2's were the mid sized steam locomotive for China Rail's highly standardized mainline steam fleet. They were a development of the JF class 2-8-2's and construction began in the late 1950's and ended in the mid 1960's. Construction began again in the 1980's as an improved version (JSb). Most were built at Datong Locomotive works. The JS looks like it may be the last standard gauge steam locomtive to operate in China.

Some of my videos of JS class steam locomtives in action can be found here.

Yima's JS locomotives
Yima (3443'N 11155'E) had a huge coal mine with it's own railway system which employed a large number of JS 2-8-2 locomotives as well as a handful of SY's. Operations were winding up by the turn of the century and coal production ceased a few years after. When we visited the area in September 2006, there were still a few locomotives stored/dumped. The manager of the shed told us of plans to open the line as a tourist railway, however this never eventuated. The shed at Yima suffered a huge blow a few months afterour visit when the roof collapsed under heavy snowfall.

Liujiaxia's JS locomotives
The branch line to Liujiaxia (3556'N 10319'E) joined at Hekou-nan, just west of Lanzhou, Gansu province. The line was a mixed traffic line which which operated 4 JS locomotives. Unfortunately in mid 2006, half the line was dieselized, leaving only a small section for the JS's, which suddenly found themselves underworked.

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