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.
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.
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