Gauge: 'HO' | Period: 2001 | Region: China | Operating Team: Paul Stapleton and friends
THIS 'HO' gauge layout was inspired by my many trips to China to photograph the last of Chinese steam. 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 set in the ‘northern suburbs’ of such a city.
In the foreground, there 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-in-30 grade and uphill trains require the help of two bankers and with all three locomotives fitted with sound this makes a great video and we will have a team member outside in the viewing area who can help set this up for you so that you don’t miss it. In fact, there are several video opportunities which can easily be missed, including one where a mini-bus full of photographers running along the front of the layout decides to go over the level crossing – again feel free to speak to our front-of-house team member who can set that up for you.