September 09, 2020 02:57PM
On another topic, I brought up the runaway tracks on the Kuniming-Haiphong Railway in southwestern China. This meter gauge line was built by the French in 1880-1911 and runs through the rugged mountains of southern China. The line is currently operated by China Railways (CR) as the KunHe line, but faces abandonment due to a new standard gauge line.

In 2013, I biked the length of the railway from Vietnam to Kunming China. Since there was little road access, this was the only way to access much of the line. I've attached a few photos, all of these shots are of the Chinese operation. The locomotives are DFH21 diesel hydraulics built in 1984-1985, which makes them older than most of the steam locomotives (NNG and NG) that I saw running in China in 2008-2018.
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Yulinshan Bridge

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Climbing Yulin Mountain

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In the depths of Yiliang Gorge, that is a standard gauge bridge in the far background.

Ben
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