Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

Chinese Steam

The Last Years

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Author: David Kitching

China was the last bastion of the steam railway, with construction of new steam locomotives for industrial use continuing up to the end of 1999. Even now a few locomotives struggle on at collieries and other industrial premises, but this is likely to end very soon as boiler overhauls are almost impossible to obtain at an economical price.

As the steam era was drawing to a close in China, steam enthusiasts visited the remaining operational locations in an increasingly desperate attempt to record what was happening before it was too late. The Chinese, while often perplexed at the interest expressed by the foreign enthusiasts, were generally welcoming and allowed access to industrial premises and linesides across the vast country. The locations ranged from the far western deserts of Xinjiang to the industrial heartlands of Manchuria with excursions into central China and the Mongolian Autonomous Region. Steelworks and collieries were prominent along with the occasional narrow gauge survivors.

This book showcases the photographs obtained by one enthusiast over ten visits to China between 1992 and 2017.

Book ISBN 9781445676203

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Dec 2017

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 180

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £10.50

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