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North Korean railway locomotive

an unusual look at a well worn and much used North Korean steam locomotive No 6112 (a 2-4-0 configuration) being piloted by at least 6 military uniformed engineers and firemen. the locomotive has seen better days with a myriad of holes everywhere making for a cold and drafty journey. the boiler is leaking steam from almost every gland and seal on the back-plate and cylinders which makes more work for the fireman who is already working with very poor coal (6.47), he is working the traditional method of firing - little and often spread around into the corners of the firebox. A brazier is kept going in the rear of the cab no doubt to help keep them warm in an otherwise freezing environment. the pack of cigarettes makes a nice touch to the harsh working conditions. whether this is an 'official' film or that from a visitor isn't known but I have never seen such a film before from North Korea.

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Added: Oct-5-2012 Occurred On: Oct-5-2012
By: thecleaner001
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Tags: north Korean engineers, steam locomotives, the dear leaders workers,
Location: Korea (North) (load item map)
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  • Wow! I cannot imagine having to live under the conditions those poor people have to abide.

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  • Scheduled to be in service until 2060.

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  • "No squeky, No worky"

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  • my god, send me your post so I can send you a bottle of oil to drown out that sqeeking sound..

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  • Great metaphor for North Korea.

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  • Probably the warmest place on the train, hence the crowd

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    • that's what I thought too, with all that steam loss at the front end I bet there's not much left for the train heating supply so the carriages are probably freezing cold! it looked like they had to stop and slow down a couple of times to brew-up and not much of a fire either, but the coal looked dog-rough, not much power in it, looked little more than slack.

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    • @thecleaner001 No doubt the best fuel goes to party elites.It amazes me that such a grotesque regime is still in place in the 21st century.Enjoy your uplodes btw,subscribed.

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    • @thecleaner001
      fuel was wet and sandy, and the shoveler was as unfit as the coal.

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    • yep, they probably have first shout at everything! got loads more like this but I know people get fed-up real quick so I try to leave a period between them. (hush hush news, there's more Ace material coming up up from Wales on the Great Western line very soon, anglosaxonwarlord is putting the final touches to them ...keep it low man, the walls have ears and all that)

      ;-)

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    • @thecleaner001 haha ill look forward to it !

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  • This would have to be an official film.

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  • I'm pretty sure they just bought this sweet piece of machinery for 10 sacks of rice and 40,000 lives?

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  • Steam engine.... hahahahaha

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  • Wow, really interesting. The camera panning around and zooming in here was a cool effect - like I was there along for the ride. Voted

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  • SOMEthing... needs oil :P

    Great clip, cheers!

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  • Mr cleaner as you know i come from the home of coal the coal from the south wales valleys seams was transported around the world for use firing boilers i was in Blaenilechau at the top of the Rhondda valley last weekend i was digging my mates garden i kid you not the soil had more coal in it than the stuff they wre using i thought it was spill from the old workings but no the soil up there is just black and full of coal i should have filmed it i couldn't believe it.

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    • you probably know some of the best coal in the country came from Wales. like the best anthracite and such which powered the large naval ships for nearly a 100 years. it has so much power locked up in it. The North Korean guys here were doing wonders keeping this loco running at all with the poor quality coal that they had, fair play to the firemen, they'll have worked real hard. You know when you look into the firebox of any equivalent western 2-6-0 loco the firebox is glowing near white hot in More..

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    • @thecleaner001 the mods wouldn't know if you slipped them in one at a time like i say i was digging in stuff like they were shoveling in the soil was black gritty and i said is this spoil from the old workings and my mate laughed no its the natural black gritty lumpy coald dust for soil.

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  • AWESOME! First film I've seen of North Korean trains in action. THANKS for sharing!!

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  • Nice

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  • where do you find this stuff? awesome

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  • I love that mean ol' curmudgeon of an engine.

    Freakin' cool.

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  • Coal Fired Steam Engine, Wow great footage! Sad that that Machine is not maintained better, But that is N. Korea.

    geunyeoneun-i daewi deo isang chamgi haji anh-eul su issseubnida !!

    She is not going to take much more of this Captain !!

    Yes, I used Google Translate to make this quote, sending this to all
    My Engineer friends (Maritime)

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  • Oh awesome, thanks Cleaner!!

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  • What's the cricket sound?

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  • damn , my grand grand father did that job, guess I found out where old coalengines go ...North Korea

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    • that's really great hcm, now that you mention it, someone else here at LL had a grandfather who was an engineer. he sent me a picture of him proudly looking out of the cab piloting a massive Ohio River Rail-Road steam engine during 1890-1900. I was well impressed, it wouldn't be right for me name him without his permission suffice to say, everyone knows him! (and likes him)

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    • @thecleaner001 like always in life there is a sad twist in my grandgrandfathers story, he fought valiantly (got decorated) in WW1 in the trenches, then served on a train in WW2,couple of weeks before D-day the canadians bombed his train, he died.But still got his "Kepie" and a picture with him in uniform.

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    • wow, what an amazing account of a man from another era, he sounds like someone to be mighty proud of. I often count myself lucky that I was born between major conflicts and have never really saw such hardship in that respect.

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  • Damn, those N. Koreans are always showing off their advanced technologies.

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  • that's the newest train that runs from Pyongyang to that other city in DPRK.

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  • 1930 I guess.

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