Guangjiu Railway Memorial

Guangjiu Railway Memorial, Guangzhou: Hours, Address, Guangjiu Railway Memorial Reviews: 3/5

Guangjiu Railway Memorial
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
A Train Going Nowhere
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were on our way home from Sun Yat-Sen’s Mansion and had just come over JianWang Bridge when I saw from the bus window a very large black steam train at the side of the road. Intriguing as a hundred tonnes or so of steam engine isn’t parked at the side of the road for nothing. I pointed it out to SWMBO but she had no interest in this big black lump. Typical! No interest in a thing of such beauty.

A bit of a dig in TA revealed that it could be the GuangJiu Railway Memorial but where or what is GuangJiu. I was at a bit of a loss without the Chinese characters to help me.

SWMBO looked on the Internet and announced that that 546 bus which leaves from the bus stand around the corner from our apartment would dump us in DaShaTou Road, not the second road but just plain DaShaTou Road. Good enough for me!
Camera and selfie-stick (blue tooth connection) batteries were charged and the tea bottle filled and we were ready.

At the bus stand SWMBO chatted with the driver while he puffed away of a cigarette before the journey. He’d never seen a real railway engine by the side of the road, however there was a concrete one in DaShaTou Road, but it wasn’t painted black. Interesting!

We paid the usual 2 Yuan and settled down for the journey. An interesting route to say the least. I admired how the driver threaded his bus down narrow roads teeming with traffic and pedestrians, and around tight corners while electric bikes came at him from all directions.

Near the DaShaTou Road stop, SWMBO reminded the driver to stop by the concrete train. A couple of elderly chaps joined in the conversation and there was much arm waving and pointing which is always a good sign. Sure enough as we pulled in to DaShaTou there was a concrete steam engine, well just the boiler part. We waved good-bye to the elderly chaps who’d given SWMBO explicit directions to the real steam engine.

The concrete engine and a few metres of concrete track was indeed a memorial to the railway line to Kowloon (Hong Kong) which did actually run from this very road. Hard to get to and not much to see as it is now the central reservation of a dual-carriageway.

We followed the arm-waved directions and then I saw the road rising to cross Jiangwan Bridge. We were getting there and within a few minutes there she was. The say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me she’s beautiful. Even better, there was a couple of carriages tucked away behind the trees. They’re all in good order and well cared for.

There are few small plaques all in Chinese around the site about the railway. You have to remember this is a memorial and not a museum, and not the actual site.
There’s an arch from the original station which in old style Chinese characters which reads from left to right Station Jiu Guang. Jiu is an abbreviation for Jiu Long which is Kowloon district of Hong Kong, and Guang is a shortening of GuangZhou.

We climbed the steps in to the first carriage. The carriages are now a meeting place for the local Party and a destination for visiting bus trips of Party members but there’s still a couple of old bench seats to show what it was like. I bought a cup of very good coffee (6.66 Yuan using WeChat) from a machine and settled into one of the seats while SWMBO went exploring.

At that moment a bus load of visiting party members tramped through. This was too good an opportunity to miss for some mischief, so I asked their ‘minder’, in my best Chinese of course, at what time the train arrived in Hong Kong. I’d bowled her a googly! She retreated to the second carriage which is used as an office without saying anything. She reappeared a few minutes later with SWMBO and they both looked at me very strangely. They had a good natter about other places to visit.

Interesting in that the sayings of President Xi Jing Pin are on the walls and were photographed by many of the party members.

Overall, a great place if you are a steam train enthusiast.
Written June 21, 2018
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