Reports from Sandaoling
January 2018
Snow over New Year
Photos of snow at Sandaoling over New Year 2018 by Jun (© Liu Xue Jun 2018)
It wasn't all good news. Jun reports that post snow, visibility was poor and photography was challenging.
This looks like an early morning Nanzhan to Erjin deep mine working just after sunrise.
Latest entry 16 January 2018
January 2018 Sandaoling Tour Selfie Competition

I've challenged the group members to come up with a good selfie from Sandaoling. These two photos don't count as they were taken on previous trips but show what you can aim for.
My own sample from March 2017
A contribution from Jürgen - I assume this was taken at Sandaoling. Having someone else take your 'selfie' will be allowed but if there is a tie, the real selfie will be judged the winner.
11 January
The group has arrived in Sandaoling. Steve, Jürgen and CJ report:

8167, 8225 and 8190 all working in pit. 8053 has been repainted and overhauled(?) at Nanzhan.

Traffic seems to be a bit slow, about 7 workings in daylight from what we have heard from other railfans in and around the pit.

The weather was relatively sunny (bit of a haze) and cold... well below freezing.

No snow as seen in this photo of JS 8167 on a 13 wagon coal train near the pipe approaching the exit to the pit taken 11 January taken by CJ.
12 & 13 January

On 13 January 8173, 6224 and 8225 were working on the pit circuit but there were long delays due to loader problems according to Steve. Others in the group went to Nanzhan and 4 JS were seen in use. Jürgen reports; I only took pictures of three of them: JS 8053, 8358 and 8366. The fourth was hidden behind a train

Steve reports (12 January) 'a good day out. 8225 at washery, 8225, 6224 and 8173 at the shift change and those three working the pit. 8077 working to/from Erjing mine and another loco shunting at Nanzhan'.
Locos seen so far:
Dongboli: 6224, 8167, 8173, 8190, 8225
Nanzhan: 8053, 8077, 8358, 8366
14 January

Steve saw; JS 8225, 6224 and 8173 on pit circuit. 8053 plus at least one other shunting Nanzhan. SY1729 left in two sections on lorries as viewed from cab of 8225 which also shunted a live steam crane in the works. JS 6224 sparks display this evening (by arrangement). According to Jun, the SY has gone to Urumqi to be plinthed.
15 & 16 January

On 16 January Steve reports; Same locos on pit circuit and sparks again tonight. 8173 seems to have recovered somewhat!

8053 and 8077 shunting Nanzhan. One other spare. 8366 to Erjing mine at 15:27.

On 15 January he wrote; Today, 8173, 8225 and 6224 still on the pit circuit. 8173 seriously struggling to get out of the pit. 8225 provided a fireworks display this evening!
In addition SY 1729 removed from store and sent to Urumqi for public display and a steam crane in steam at the works