University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA06-43. From an album (WO 28/302. China. Boxer Rebellion) in The National Archives. Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action. No caption for this photograph in the album.
Teams of railway navvies were engaged by British Royal Engineers military railway units to assist with recovery of railway rails, fishplates, and other railway equipment which had been torn up by the Boxers. Even the railway trucks had been built using scraps of the remains of destroyed rolling stock.
This photograph was probably taken near Fengtai, Peking (Beijing).
See also NA06-16 for a photograph of an improvised locomotive built by the Royal Engineers.

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