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 Zafra 2005 report, the final knockings.                      

 

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China and Cuba were the last two major outposts in the world for working steam locomotives. China is finishing fast and Cuba survives but only just!

           

MINAZ, the Cuban Ministry of Sugar still operates steam locomotives at a small number of their sugar mills. At most, this is just a shunter, operating in the mill yard, but a few other mills may still have line work during the annual harvest, although now this is not always daily.

           

Cuba has ceased to be a destination for individual enthusiasts as can been seen from the reports of recent Zafras.

           

           

Although China still has more steam locomotives than any other country in the world, they are disappearing fast. Steam is used at many steelworks, coal mines and other industrial locations. However, with the rundown of heavy industry and the push to reduce urban pollution, no system is safe. As China modernises, steam has all but finished on the national railway system.

           

Even systems like the Jitong railway, from Jiningnan to Tongliao have now dieselised. It boasted the last long distance steam hauled passenger train in the World. The famous Jingpeng Pass now sees many diesels daily.

           

                     

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