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Full tour details are available here: http://rabylee.uk/China_ng_II_tour_details.pdf
but there have been some minor adjustments.
This tour starts in Chengdu.
Part 1 Sichuan & Chongqing (16 March for) 17 March - 25 March (9
Rongshan (expected defunct but probably interesting to confirm and have
a look at what has happened here - also 2-3 active coal mines near here), 6 small coalmines on the route south east, 2-3
mines near Dazhou and the long electric line at Honglu near Yongchuan
Train transfer Chongqing - Chenzhou or leave/join tour in Chongqing
Part 2 Hunan and Henan 26 March - 30 March (5 days)
Matian diesel coal railway and other lines nearby, visit Yujian tourist
railway to see their stock
High speed train to Beijing (30 March) then fly to Jiamusi (31 March) or
leave/join tour in Beijing
Part 3 Heilongjiang 31 March - 9 April* (10 days)
Hegang sg electrics and ng coal mine railways, Huanan C2 steam tourist
train, electric ng cement railway near Haolianghe, Qitaihe and Jixi
Plane transfer to Beijing 8 April - depart for home on 9 April
The full tour is 24 days and people can join and leave along the way
but preferably at the beginning or end of Part 1, 2 or 3. For Part 2,
it will be much easier to join the tour in Chongqing rather than
Chenzhou (which has no nearby airport).
The idea for my second China narrow gauge tour is that we start from
Chengdu, China and travel across the country east to Zhengzhou stopping
at narrow gauge lines along the way. The route from Guangyuan (the city
close to Rongshan, 4 hours north of Chengdu) to Chongqing has around 10
narrow gauge coal mine lines. There will be time to find out what if
anything has happened at Rongshan. We also plan to visit the long 762mm
electric line centred on Honglu near Yongchuan. We will then move on by
train to Hunan province where there are a further 11 narrow gauge lines
but we will focus on Matian and 2 other lines near to Chenzhou before
taking a high-speed train to Zhengzhou in Henan with a visit planned to
the Yujian narrow gauge steam and diesel tourist line currently under
construction. The final
part is a trip to Heliongjiang coal country for both ng and sg action
including sg crocodile electrics at Hegang, an electric ng cement
railway and Huanan now reviving as a steam tourist railway.
To see narrow gauge lines we plan to visit, please see http://www.kii762mm.com/modules/pico/index.php?cat_id=251
To read about the lines in Heliongjiang, see Peter Haworth's report of
his recent trip http://www.chinesemodeltrains.com/tripreport_ncw1.html