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    Smile Winter Finale in China 14: Pingdingshan, Steam passenger - Shinkansen (40 p.)

    Hi,


    The last China video:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=R-CPZ0eqOJM


    In the street close to the mine railroad station


    Quickly, the steam train is coming! ;D


    JS 8065 again











    Terminal station for the train, the loco is leaving in the background. Meanwhile people are using the shortest path carrying their new year's shopping bags





    All environmental problems are solved! ;D


    Coach cleaning





    Card players inside the city


    Another well visited market








    Fish are being sold here, popular with the Chinese for the new year


    At noon before New Year's Eve nobody works anymore at the depot





    Waterbottle hand washing on the dusty road


    The next passenger at 2 p.m., again hauled by JS 8065, in front of the spoil mountain of a mine





    We just learned that all flights from Zhengzhou to Beijing were cancelled until noon the next day, so we had to leave to look for alternative transport. This means: it's the last steam photo of the trip...


    A simple method of street widening ;D


    At 5 p.m. we arrived in Zhengzhou, what a difference compared to the trip until now: new skyscrapers, modern infrastructure, even some kind of Disneyland! The tickets for train D 132 Zhengzhou - Beijing Xi (West) had already been bought for us:
    Code:
    Zhengzhou          18:10 0 km
    Anyang       19:29 19:30 187 km
    Shijiazhuang 21:00 21:02 412 km
    Beijing West 22:57  ---  689 km






    At the station we didn't have much time, so we had to visit this... They had traditional chicken noodle soup, that's why it was not as bad as it sounds.


    At the platform this train awaited us just 4 hours after the last steam passenger photo, a CRH2, a modified E2-1000 Shinkansen. The first few trains were built in Japan, the rest like this one (# 2012) completely by Sifang in China. The service started in 2007, top speed 250 kph, later models are even 300 kph fast.





    A conductor for each entrance, even if the coaches are completely empty


    Reservation policy put all people into one coach, most other coaches were empty. Of course you could spread out later.

    At the seat you find a detailed instruction manual...


    ... even for the toilet!


    After the departure Tibetan spring water and air sickness bags are being distributed ;D


    Informations like the speed (205 kph maximum on this trip along the mainline Hongkong - Beijing) are shown on a display above the door, also useful hints:
    "This train is the power fast-speed train with fast running speed, so please watch out while you are walking in the train. Thank you!"

    Arrival at Beijing Xi, a few minutes early.


    The outside of the station


    During the drive to the hotel fireworks greeted us everywhere, just like on the whole train ride. When we arrived at the hotel shortly before midnight all hell was breaking loose in the street.

    On the next day it was time to say goodbye, this Air China Boeing 747-400 brought me to Frankfurt.


    To the northwest of Beijing these mountains are immediately starting, Jingpeng-pass is also in this area. Sadly I missed Lake Baikal, this time we flew a little further north than on the flight to China.



    The next day I went from Frankfurt to Vienna by ICE-T, just 48 hours after the Shinkansen ride.

    That's it with the reports, you can find everything in a gallery here:
    http://raildata.info/china08

    I hope you liked it!
    Greetings,
    Roni

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    Roni's trip reports and videos:

    http://raildata.info

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    Amazing stuff Roni. Its just simply amazing how you manage to catch more than just the trains in your shot. I have never gotten more of a feeling of being there by looking at pictures as I did with your trip reports. The environment and the atmosphere of your shots truly convey the feeling of actually being there.
    Beautiful stuff and thanks for sharing them with us.
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    Hi,

    Thanks a lot, glad you liked it!
    Greetings,
    Roni

    Up-to-date on Twitter: https://twitter.com/raildata_info @raildata_info
    Roni's trip reports and videos:

    http://raildata.info

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