Life on the line: Veteran train driver’s career from steam to bullet trains
2017-10-12 10:01:00

In China, every generation has its own memory of trains.

People born in the 1970s are familiar with smoky and noisy steam locomotives, while those born in the 1980s will have a lasting impression of the crowded green trains with no air conditioning from that era. The memories of the post-90s generation are likely to be entwined with clean, fast electric trains. And youngsters born after 2000 will know little other than high-speed bullet trains.

 

9,698 steam locomotives were produced in China from 1952 to 1988, according to www.chnrailway.com./ CGTN Photo

A handful of train drivers still in the business have sat in the cab of many of these trains over the decades. In a career that has lasted 31 years with no terminus yet called, Xue Jun has acquired six different licenses necessary to drive each new type of train.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram