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Yanzhou, Shandong province
Yanzhou is approxiamtely 140 kilometers south of Jinan city in Shandgong province (population approx. 600,000). The mainline from Jinan splits here and goes to Xuzhou and Shanghai to the south east and Zhengzhou to the west. Just south of Yanzhou is Zouxian, home to the last bastion of QJ powered steam locomotives. A relatively large fleet of these moved huge coal trains from the local mines in the area to the CNR mainline. Gradually the QJ's have been taken out of service as new DF4DD, a one off DF4D variant with a hood style body and wide cab. The diesel shops also house a number of retired QJ locomotives which are, according to one of the workers, kept on military strategic reserve.
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