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China Rail Tours 1996 and 2002
180 min and 136 min
Double DVD set R250.00
Product code: VU2

This double feature, the first of which was filmed by Jean Dulez, and covers an enthusiasts' steam tour during March 1996, at a time when remaining main line steam in the North East was starting to be phased out by China Rail. The motive power comprises main line QY class 2-10-2s and JS class 2-8-2s, SY industrial class 2-8-2 and a narrow gauge 0-8-0; there are also scenes within the towns and cities and of human activity at the various locations, as well as passing sequences of regular main line diesel trains.

The locations comprise Chengde (main line and steelworks branch); Yebaishou; Chaoyang; Tonghua; Changchun; Harbin; Nancha; Yichun; Xilin narrow gauge; Yichun. Some of the localities feature late winter snow scenes.

The second programme, filmed some years later during mid winter 2002 by Trevor Staats, covers the entire Jing Peng pass line (situated on the main Tongliao to Jining link, Inner Mongolia) prior to the time this also succumbed to dieselisation, a short number of years later. This was the final hold out of (provincial) main line steam in China, mostly comprising double headed QJ freight train action over the horseshoes and viaducts of this amazing section of railway.