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Old 01-01-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default CHINESE HO : Is anybody else modelling it?

I'm collecting/modifying stock in readiness to build what I hope to be the UK's first major Chinese HO exhibition layout - how many of you are also modelling Chinese HO?

Would any of you like to help build this exhibition layout ? - it will be built in Watford ..... help with the actual building or help with prototype research would both be appreciated

To give you a flavour, here's a freight car I've just finished .... just noticed that the wheels need weathering!



and another ... same applies about the wheels!


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Old 15-02-2012, 02:29 AM   #2
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Wow, I don't model Chinese rail at all but those look great.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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Update Feb 2014 ...

Shed delivered and workbench and storage built

All 12 baseboards built

All 55 (yes 55) points laid in the fiddle yard

Tracklaying about to begin on 20ft x 3ft scenic section

More stock bought and weathered

HELP still wanted! Offers of help to me on 01923 353 769 or 07799 728863

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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Good idea to model Chinese trains using Chinese model trains which are made in China! At least you'll know you're not a tyro modeling twee English country scenes like that Model Railway Village thing - "England as the Chinese see us". At least it will be "Chinese railways as the English see the Chinese". Ha Ha!

As for authenticity, I might try asking someone who is Chinese for advice. If you don't know anyone who is Chinese, I would email an English as a Foreign language school, and ask them if they can put you in contact with Chinese students. They will be willing to help, I am sure.
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Old 14-02-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for that suggestion but I have various contacts in China and have visited there for railway photography 16 times so info is not the biggest problem.

Building a large (26ft x 10ft) portable exhibition layout whilst keeping down a full time job and entertaining a partner are the problems ... oh, and being 60!

So helpers who want to help build structures modify rolling stock and take the layout to exhibitions and operate are what are needed.
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Here is an update ... this is scenic board #1........buildings are just set down, not pernanent yet ...



And here is a freight car ...........


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Old 07-05-2015, 02:42 PM   #7
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Nice equipment! Do they make any Chinese Steam? I remember seeing a program about the shops where they built real 2-10-2s well into the 1980's. I believe it was in Datong. Nice to see a spectrum of railway modeling here at this site. Couplers and track gauges may be different sometimes, but they are all railroads.

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Old 07-05-2015, 10:14 PM   #8
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Hi

Yes QJ's were built in Datong until the late 1980's, SY 2-8-2's were built until 1999 for industrial use.

Bachmann make/made QJ, JS and SY steam locos as plastic RTR.

MTC ( Model Trains China ) make painted brass QJ's in very small numbers and are about to make brass JF 2-8-2's.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:44 PM   #9
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Bachmann make/made QJ, JS and SY steam locos as plastic RTR.

ALL CHANGE!!

Since my post last night it has been announced that Bachmann has ceased production of Chinese models!

Better track down that QJ asap!!
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I knew they made HO Chinese diesels. I have to keep an eye for for a QJ now!

I saw a couple real SYs in person, which were imported to the U.S. and "made up" to look "American". One was owned by the NYS&W by way of a Connecticut railroad, as the SY made for the NYS&W was lost at sea during shipment. I saw that SY one running at speed. Impressive.

The other was owned by the Gettysburg Railroad. Looked it over, parked at their service facility. It seems much of the riveting done in the old days was replaced by heavy welding on the new designs.
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