Bruce Evans photographic collection of railways in China
Bruce Evans Collection. This is a collection of 7,000 35mm colour transparencies on plastic film and 250 born digital images of railways in China between 1989 and 2016. The photographs show the final years of steam on Chinese national and narrow-gauge railways. They also document the electric and diesel locomotive types during the period and include photographs of the manufacture of steam locomotives at the Tangshan works.
Bruce Evans was a railway engineer who was able to travel to China whilst working in Taiwan, Bangkok and Taipei. He visited many railways during the course of his career, including a number of remote Chinese industrial lines. Between the late 1990s and 2012 he was the principal author of the China section for “Jane’s World Railways”. The collection gives a sense of how the railways facilitated industrialisation in China, providing visual evidence of their importance in underpinning economic planning on a national scale. It contains striking images of steam engines in operation in c.2008