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A Railway worker's Diary - 8 June 1953

4 March 2012
 

8 June 1953, Monday

For the first time in my life, I spent a whole night on train. There are still one day and one night before reaching Qingdao.

I was rather keen to see Wuxi, Changzhou and Henglin, but the train didn't stop on those stations, and I was half asleep during the time. Beside, outside was pitch dark, there was nothing much to see. When the train stopped at Luoshe, I rushed to the window, but the train had already on its way passing Qishuyan, so I returned to bed.

At 11pm, I heard people say that the train was about to enter Nanjing and cross the Yangtze River, so I got up again, and decided to wait for that moment. It was until three clock when I began to catch a glimpse of dark mass of mountain ranges around Nanjing. The process of ferrying the train to the north shore took one hour or so. Pity there is no moon tonight, so apart from the vigour scene of water in the river and the lights on the banks, there was nothing else to watch.

By 4 clock, the train reached Pukou station. The north of Yangtze is a mountainous area, and the land is less productive, thus people's lives here are much harder that in the South Yangtze.

For an entire day, The train was running in the area covered with farmland that extended to the horizon. The villages and towns are few and far in between - China is such a big place while population density so low. I think the vast farmland can be a good place for organized production with large mechanical farm equipments.

The train arrived in Jinan at about 11pm, where we boarded another train for Qingdao at the middle night.

1953年,6月8日,星期一

生平第一次在火车上过了一夜。到青岛还有一日一夜的行程。

我很想看看无锡常州横林一带,但火车没有停,我又半睡着,再说黑暗的星夜里,也看不到什么。当火车停靠在洛社时,我赶紧起来,但失望得很,等我赶到窗边,已经是戚墅堰了,只好再睡觉。

十一点半的时候,听说车快要到南京了,还要渡江,我于是放弃了睡眠,准备看看南京和渡江的情形。但一直到三点多才隐约看到了南京的一条山。渡江花了一个钟头。很可惜,天上没有月亮,只能隐约地看见一片江水和两岸的点点灯火。

四点半到达了浦口站。江北边山地很多,出产较少,生活较江南要苦多了。火车行驶在山间,两边都是深青色的山,在晨光的照耀下,非常的壮美。

火车又开了一整天,让我体会到祖国地广人稀的特点。一望无际的田野,为集体化的机械生产创造了条件。火车于夜间10点55分到济南。半夜12点,我们换上了去青岛的火车。

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