Vanishing Landscapes Part 2

Steam Locomotives: Elegies on the Industrial Age

Most of the factories and mines still in operation are confronted with the gloomy prospects and shortage of funds. Districts like Jiayang, Diaobing Mountain, and Keshikten banner, steam locomotives were protected for tourism purpose. But in other places, steam locomotives are facing an uncertain future.

In December 2012, the JS-8148 early commuter line was heading for Fengshuigou from Yuanbaoshan West Station in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia.
In January 2013, the JS-6211 stopped in the locomotive depot in Bajiaotai Power Plant, Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province.
In Novenber 2013, the SY-1818 was heading for the locomotive depot at the end of the day in Fuxin City, Liaoning Province.
In May 2016, the SY-1378 was pouring coal ash in Fuxin City, Liaoning Province.
In Febuary 2015, the SY-1347 Commuter Line was running in northwest barren hills.
In Febuary 2015, the SY-1634 stopped on the railway waiting for the task in Fushun City, Liaoning Province.
In Febuary 2015, the JS class locomotive near the open pits was coming from a distance.
The JS-8314 train was running in the vast Gobi Desert.
The steam locomotives seemed like having a pair of wings in long-exposure photo.
The SY-0434 locomotive’s wheel, cast in 1969.

It has been over 10 years since I started shooting steam locomotives in 2007. I have witnessed the extinction of steam locomotives at an alarming rate, just like the same thing happening in wildlife. I realized that it was a race against time and these photos would become the proof of their existence one day. And I will keep shooting until the last non-tourist steam locomotive retired. At that time, the great Steam Age is gone forever.