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Photo, Print, Drawing Yan dao zhuan che 验道专车

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  • Yan dao zhuan che

Other Title

  • 验道专车

Translated Title

  • A Railway Maintenance Car


  • This photograph is a group portrait taken at a railway maintenance car on the occasion of the completion of the Jing-Zhang (or Beijing-Zhangjiakou) Railway. Seen standing on the left are the railway engineers; on the right are the rail workers. The photograph is from Jing-Zhang lu gong cuo ying (Photographs of the Jing-Zhang Railway construction), an album issued in 1909 to mark the opening of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway (formerly known as the Imperial Peking-Kalgan Railway), the first railroad in China designed, built, and financed by the Chinese, without foreign involvement. The photographs in the album were taken between 1905 and 1909 by the Tongsheng Photo Studio of Shanghai. The construction had three phases: the first line, from Fengtai to Nankou, was completed in September 1906. The second line, from Nankou to Kangzhuang, was completed in September 1908. The third part of the railroad, from Kangzhuang to Zhangjiakou, was finished in September 1909. The total length of the line, from Fengtai in Beijing to Zhangjiakou, was about 200 kilometers. The two-volume album depicts scenes along the railroad, including its main sections, railway stations, factory buildings, locomotives, bridges, and tunnels and culverts, as well as scenes of laborers at work during the construction and of the festivities celebrating the opening of the railway. Views and scenic spots at various stops along the line are clearly depicted, and provide a complete and systematic overview of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway at the time. Presented here is volume one.


  • Tongsheng Photo Studio (Firm) Photographer

Created / Published

  • Shanghai : Tongsheng Photo Studio (Firm), 1909.


  • -  China--Beijing
  • -  1909
  • -  Group portraits
  • -  Jing-Zhang (Beijing-Zhangjiakou) Railway (China)
  • -  Laborers
  • -  Portrait photographs
  • -  Railroad cars
  • -  Railroad employees
  • -  Railroad tracks
  • -  Railroads


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 photograph ; 27 x 21 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Photographs of the Jing-Zhang Railway Construction

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021668856

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  • image

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Tongsheng Photo Studio Photographer. Yan Dao Zhuan Che. Beijing China, 1909. Shanghai: Tongsheng Photo Studio Firm. Photograph.

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Tongsheng Photo Studio Photographer. (1909) Yan Dao Zhuan Che. Beijing China, 1909. Shanghai: Tongsheng Photo Studio Firm. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Tongsheng Photo Studio Photographer. Yan Dao Zhuan Che. Shanghai: Tongsheng Photo Studio Firm. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.