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Thread: Winter in China 6: Nanpiao, in the morning (50 p.)

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    Default Winter in China 6: Nanpiao, in the morning (50 p.)

    Hi,

    Although the steam spectacle in Zhalai Nuer was simply amazing, I also loved Nanpiao. There is much less steam action of course, but apart from the workshop at Zhalai Nuer you don't get very close to people in the lonely steppe, only the occasional worker passing by. Nanpiao still is a rural setting with the most scenic lines of the journey, the remaining locations will be in cities exceeding a population of a million people. But even in the countryside there is way more life on the roads than in Inner Mongolia.

    Map for orientation:
    http://web99.login-23.hoststar.ch/China/nanpiao_m.jpg

    The next morning, February 2, we started before sunrise as always. Our hotel as well as the loco depot were located in the village of Xiamiaozi. The hotel was only one year old (which equals an American or European age of 50), but somehow they forgot to include an elevator in the big new building which was particularly convenient as all usable rooms were situated on the top floors...
    "Christmas" decorations were often seen, I just don't know why the skin is completely red... ;D


    The early passenger at Xiamiaozi station and CNR exchange yard. Somehow the temperature felt even colder than in Zhalai Nuer, only during the day it was clearly warmer.


    Sadly there only was one steamer in service because of the upcoming chinese New Year, but these sweet rustic Beijing class diesels were no bad replacement, actually a nice change with locos you don't find a lot on the state railroad anymore.


    The last passengers hurry shortly before the departure





    In the meanwhile our star for the day, SY 1299, is being prepared

































































    BJ 3132 departs to get a loaded train from Zaojiatun


    A little shunting action with the SY


























    Shoveling out the remaining coal




















    Ice reflection


    BJ 3132 returns











    Departure on the northern line towards Linghai, on to the chase!
    Greetings,
    Roni

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    Absolutely amazing photography. People talk a lot about creative photography here and there and then show me a photo of a rusty bolt - sorry folks, THIS is creative - outstanding work. Bravo!
    Repeat NO DEFECTS!
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    Now this is truly photography! It really gives a heart and soul, not only to the railroaders but to the whole feel of this place. Your creative use of light really enhances the mood and feel of the photos and makes me feel like I'm right there.

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    Roni,

    Any hassles with the local Police/Communist officials when wandering the yards/taking photos?

    Were you required to register beforehand/carry special papers?

    April
    Different cake. Just as sweet.

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    Hi,

    Thanks a lot! :-)

    @April:
    No, not at all. At least on the surface China has become an open country (of course in reality it isn't). Especially shooting people in the streets is much easier than in western countries, almost everyone in China was very friendly.
    Greetings,
    Roni

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    Hi,

    Thanks again!

    Quote Originally Posted by spbed View Post
    I'm sure if you step out of line the police will step in to stop you however but again those pix were top notch
    Well, the mentality in Eastern Asia is simply different: the top priority is always making yourself look good. This means for example: even if somebody doesn't have a clue, he will always give you an answer and never admit that he doesn't know it (which sometimes poses problems if you want to find out train timings... ).
    Greetings,
    Roni

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