Playing chicken

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The Yinghao Coal Railway. Portion of frame captured from Steam Train video by Misha Werder.

(Click to see video.)

Every so often, I hear comments about the ‘bad state’ of the track on the Smigiel Railway. So here, to put the state of the track in an international context, is a link to Misha Werder’s atmospheric video of the Yinghao Coal Railway in China. The C2 locomotives look like a locally built derivative of the Polish Px48. Now I wonder how much it would cost to acquire a C2 to run on one of SKPL’s narrow gauge railways?

The Ffestiniog Railway might know. Last year in November, they dragged a 762 mm gauge example across the Cob from Porthmadog and parked it at the back of Boston Lodge works. The Ffestiniog Railway is 600 mm gauge. Perhaps they hope that if they leave it out in the rain for long enough it will shrink?

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3 Responses to “Playing chicken”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I think that restoring a Px48 would be the cheaper option – mechanically and possibly boilerwise these Chinese locos will be knackered – loose axlebox horns, broken stays, leaking tubes etc. I know that the track at Smigiel wasn’t kind to the Px48 last year and they found a lot of damage due to the state of the track when they were giving the loco its winter maintenance. Still think if 10 of us can get together at say £10 a week a Px isn’t impossible to do!

  2. grzegorz_sykut Says:

    It looks more like the Polish Kp4. Fablok (Px48 and Kp4 factory) sent this loco to China as well.

  3. grzegorz_sykut Says:

    I checked another photo. I’m sure that these engines are based on the Polish Kp4 loco.

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