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Shanghai-Nanking 4-2-2 Imperial Mail Engine by rlkitterman Shanghai-Nanking 4-2-2 Imperial Mail Engine by rlkitterman
The Shanghai-Nanking Railway (Huning Railway) was established in the late 19th century during the Western occupation of Qing China, and was built, operated, and supplied by the British.  As the main line is fairly level, it was one of the last railways to use "singles" on passenger trains.  In 1910, it received a class of 4-2-2 engines from Kerr, Stuart & Co. (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England) designated Nos. 1181-1184.  Their livery of bright yellow lined with gold and purple, and their regular assignment to lightweight express passenger and mail trains, led to the Chinese drivers nicknaming them the imperial mail engines.  Compared to the 4-4-0 passenger engines, the singles were much more economical.  Their final fate remains unknown, though it is reasonable to assume they were retired by the mid-20th century and scrapped, as increasing Chinese industrialization and urbanization pushed train weights beyond the limits of the imperial mail engines.  This painting of an imperial mail engine by Clifford and Wendy Meadway is featured in O.S. Nock's history book Railways at the Turn of the Century, 1895-1905.
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:icontheanonymoosetmas:
TheAnonymooseTmas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
LOOK AT DE SHINY SHINY :o
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Not something you see every day is it?
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:icontheanonymoosetmas:
TheAnonymooseTmas Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
No man, I dunno about y'all but I see gold trains everyday cuz I got the chains and bling
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's one of a very rare group of Singles fitted with full cabs and cowcatchers!
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
And probably the newest member of that group; all the others I can think of are a good deal older, such as Cumberland Valley 2-2-2 Pioneer.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Basically all the early American locomotives before John B. Jarvis came along.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Photographer
China: The last land of the steam locomotive. I loved my voyage there. Flag of China 
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't know you'd been there; how was that?
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Photographer
Nice. :D
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!  It was a bit strange at first but I came to like the style.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Photographer
Many welcomes, Sir. :D
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