You would think showering sparks would set the coal cars on fire!
Located at the Sandaoling Coal Mine in China, these 2-8-2 steam locomotives get a workout hauling coal up and out of the opencast mine.
With loading facilities located deep within a massive pit, locomotives like this one must climb out of the open mine an approximate distance of 3 miles while negotiating switchbacks and circles to get to the unloading points located beyond the rim of the pit.
On heavy days, a long train passes out of the pit as often as every 20 minutes! That’s a lot of coal!
With the coal mining industry in China declining, Sandaoling has become a true hot spot for railfans from all over the world.
Check out the constant wheelslip happening!
Let us know if you have ever been to the Sandaoling Mine to see these locomotives in action. We would love to hear your comments!