Industrial China in the 21st century

This layout was inspired by the owner’s many trips to China to photograph the last of Chinese steam and everything you see on the layout is authentic and based on his photographs and videos. The layout is set in 2001 and, by then, the remaining steam action was centred around heavily polluted industrial cities in the north of China and BEIJIAO is a fictitious version of such a city. In the foreground are three China Rail tracks and at the back of the layout, we have an industrial railway linking coal mines, off stage to the left, with a steel-works off stage to the right. Access to the steelworks is up a 1/30 grade and uphill trains require the help of two bankers and with all three locos fitted with sound this makes a great video.