JS 2-8-2 Puts On A Real Fireworks Show!

JS 2-8-2 Puts On A Real Fireworks Show! | Train Fanatics Videos

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!

Some quick facts about the JS Class 2-8-2 Mikado

  • Builder – Dalian Locomotive Works, Datong Locomotive Works
  • Build dates – beginning 1957
  • Number built – 1916 units
  • Wheel arrangement – 2-8-2
  • Driver diameters – 53.94 inches
  • locomotive weight – 101 tons
  • Tractive effort – 56,000 lbf

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!

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