This article presents a nostalgic photographic essay of the JiTong Railway in China, thought to be the last railroad in the world built with a complete steam infrastructure. Having opened in December 1995, this steam mainline was the largest regional railroad ever built in China, and was designed to bridge the 585-mile gap across the Inner Mongolian desert, as well as serving as part of the land bridge connecting Europe with China. The JiTong made use of the large coal and mineral reserves in Western China, and along with cheap labor, steam power was a primary component of its business plan from 1995- 2005. The shift to diesel occurred as a result of government pressure focusing on having China present a more modern face to the world. The numerous photographs depict the harsh winter climate and geography of the region, as well as showing how coal played a dominant role in the railways operations.


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 38-45
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM