After posting lots of pictures of China’s beautiful scenery and architecture I felt I was neglecting something. Then I remembered it must be almost 3 weeks since I last put up pictures of a railway museum. Well I thought to myself – this must be corrected immediately, and so below you can find a link to some photos from China’s biggest railway museum, which is unsurprisingly enough in Beijing.
The Chinese love their trains, they keep families linked together, help get people to work, and are even bound up in the history of their civil war and war against the Japanese. It was understandable therefore to find that the museums here took themselves a bit more seriously than some of the others I have been to. No rust on show here, no trains abandoned to the elements, no weird black plastic replacing all the glazing, and most thankfully, no wedding photos…
I seem to find myself coming across steam trains in various states of disrepair throughout my trip. Sometimes in museums, sometimes just outside train stations. Given I’ve now amassed quite a few photos of these I thought I would put up a new part of my blog to show them off, away from the eyes of those who might think this all “a bit sad…..”
I’m not (he said defensively) actually a particular train geek so I have no idea what the identity of most of these trains are, and even when they was a plaque or something saying what they were its not something I have cared to note down. Instead what I’ve done is split them down into where they can be found. (links will be added to this post as I upload the pages or can be found in the page menu on the left.)
I like the “elephant graveyard” feel of a lot of these places, at the photos I take reflect that. I tend to prefer the ones left to rust and decay.