In 1876, with the pull of steam engine, steam trains started to be used in China and were tagged: steam locomotives. In the second half of the 20th century, China was one of the few countries in the world that widely manufactured and used steam engines in Railway Transportation. With the development of science and technology, diesel and electric locomotives gradually replaced steam locomotives.

In 2019, does anyone still use steam locomotives in China? Actually, there are still a few places where people still enjoy the hiss and puff of a steam train-In fact steam trains still do have daily work duties in China! Commercially they take a short route through the mountains of south-west Sichuan Province and transport coal at the Sandaoling Coal Mine in Xinjiang. Some of the decommissioned works are on display in museums for fans. The United States also has some Chinese tourist steam locomotives.

Jiayang Steam Trains---the last one serving passengers in China

The trains began operations in 1958 to transport coal and supplies to coal miners. After the mine closed, they were rescued to serve people who lived along the railway. In recent years, it is very popular with tourism and a special type of sightseeing has emerged. In order to experience the trains, you can go to Qianwei, Leshan City, Sichuan Province.

Where else can you see steam trains in China?

Apart from the mountainous south-west of Sichuan, the only place when you can see steam locomotives is in museums. Here are museums are as follows.


1, China Railway Museum, Beijing

China Railway Museum is a Chinese museum preserving locomotives that have operated on the railways of the people's republic of China. It has three Museums: Zhengyang Gate, Eastern Suburbs, Zhan Tianyou Memorial Hall. The exhibitions of each Museum have their own unique features. If you really fall in love with this city, why not choose to work there? Check out some valuable relics there, live in the beautiful city enjoy a good life.

How to get there:

Address: The museum has three locations. Mainly distributed in eastern suburbs local on North Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District.

By bus: No. 403, 516 or 629 to the Ring hing tie island station, walk through the Railway Bridge, turn left and go north for about 910 meters.
Or take: No.402, 418, 688, 973, 851 bus to South Australia or South Australia west, go west, turn left at the first -junction, then go south for about 460 meters.

2, Shanghai Railway Museum

It was completed in 1909, which maintains the original structure of Shanghai-Nanjing Railway station with classical British architectural style. It was open to the public in August, 2004, as a base for science education in Shanghai. When you enter the museum, you will see a big and a small locomotive in the square of the building. This museum contains more than 3,000 precious historical relics and photos of the development of railways in the past 100 years. Visitors can not only visit these exhibits, but also hold the joystick of trains by themselves, experiencing being a driver of trains in the simulation cabin. Why not have a try?

How to get there:

Address: 200 Tianmu Dong Road, near Baoshan Road, Zhaibei District.

By subway: line 3 or line 4 to Baoshan Road, then walk along Baoshan Road and East Tianmu Road about 7 minutes.

By bus: 13, 302, 318, 329, 502, 537 or 952 to East Tianmu Road, North Shanxi Road, then go west for about 910 meters.

By bus: 18, 63, 308, 319 or 948 to East Tianmu Road North Zhejiang Road, then walk eastward for about 91 meters.

3, Qingdao-Jinan Railway Museum, Jinan, Shandong

Shangdong Provincial Museum is the largest museum in the province with a highly recommended attraction by many travellers who had been there. Just located at the foothill of the Thousand-Budhha Mountain, treasures collected in Shandong Provincial Museum range from the historical ones to the natural ones about Shandong Province. Built in 1954, it is the first large-scale, provincial, integrated topographic museum in the People’s Republic of China.

How to get there:

Address: East Section of Jingyi Road. It’s to the south of Jinan Railway Station.
By bus 3, 9, 11, 18, 20, 34, 43, 78, 83, 84, BRT-5, K51, K90, K98, K156 or K302 to Jinan Railway Station and then walk there.

4, Yunnan Railway Museum, Kunming

Yunnan Railway Museum is a good place to visit. It contains a lot of interesting information, mainly about the development of local railways, but also relevant information, such as the history, culture and politics of the region during the railway construction period. We learned some interesting facts that we didn't know before such as France's historical involvement in China.

How to get there:

Address: No.913 Beijing Road, Kunming, China
By subway line 2; Or take bus 3, 9, 23, 6, 70, 71, 85, 103, 105, 236, 919A to get there.


5, Hongkong Railway Museum

Situated in the town centre of Tai Po Market, the Hong Kong Railway Museum is an open-air museum occupying some 6,500 square meters converted from the old Tai Po Market Railway Station. Established in 1913, the station building features the pitched roof of traditional Chinese building. It was declared a monument in 1984, refurbished and opened as a museum in 1985. In recent years, there are many visitors come here for sightseeing.

How to get there:

Address: No.13, Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po.
By subway: East Rail line to Tai Po Market Station, then change to bus 25K; Or take bus No.72, 72X, 73X, 74X, 75X or 271 to get there.

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