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Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Energy: Capture, Storage, and Transformation #2559


Date: April 13, 2006
Location: Bagou, China
Photographer: unknown
Source: AP Photo


A miner pushes a cart loaded with coal at Bagou village in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Coal mined in the area is transported by steam train to the nearby city of Qiangwei. The Shibanxi passenger train, in operation since 1958, is one of a handful of steam trains left in the world. The area, blanketed much of the year by clouds and drizzle, is inaccessible by car, and villagers rely on the seven-car train to get to work, take pigs and vegetables to market, and take kids to school. Despite frequent rumors that it’s headed for retirement, the train keeps chugging through the lush green mountains of Sichuan province.


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