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Welcome to the website and the wonderful world of Chinese prototype model trains! I hope you enjoy your visit and find it a useful resource for our great hobby.

While the website focuses on model railways, I have also included the 'prototype pages' which contain railway photographs, videos and reports from my travels to China.

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Site Updates

14 April 2019 - Three new locomotive reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
Charming Model Studio's stunning 6K Class electric locomotive
Charming Model Studio's brilliant 8K Class electric locomotive
Charming Model Studio's disappointing NY6 & NY7 Class diesel locomotives

03 April 2019 - Apologies to all my followers over the past couple of years for the lack of updates. I have been experiencing some severe time restraints. Finally some news for you all.

The Model Encyclopedia's have been updated with over two years of missing models!
The Model news page will be cleared out and updated in the next couple of days (pending information request).
Two newtrip reports have been added since the last update. You can find my December 2017 trip here and October 2018 trip here .

Plans for the future of the website are as follows :
The Prototype pages will be gradually moved to a new website and removed from here. This includes the photograph galleries, trip reports and video galleries. Many of these featuers will be improved on the new website.
My new layout will be added to the Modelling Projects pages shortly!
I currently have a backlog of 63 model reviews to complete for the Model Encyclopedia.
Chinesemodeltrains.com will move to a new server with a refreshed look. I am currently exploring different ideas and graphic design before migrating to the new server. This will include a redesign of the model reviews including a rating system and video. I am aiming to have the transition towards December 2019. A lot of work ahead!

10 November 2018 - New trip report from October/November 2018 has been added to the prototype pages.

04 January 2018 - New trip report from December 2017 has been added to the prototype pages.

28 December 2016 - New trip report from November/December 2016 has been added to the prototype pages.

07 September 2016 - New locomotive review added to the Model Encyclopedia
CMR Line's very impressive SS1 Class electric locomotive

09 - 13 August 2016 - Lots of new model reviews added and more on the way!
CMR Line's new P64K Class box car
CMR Line / Train Garden's new NX17K / NX17AK Class flat cars
CMR Line's / Train Gardens new Type 99A Main Battle Tank
MTC's new die-cast DF4C Class diesel locomotive
Red Star Model's double unit DF11Z Class diesel locomotive

Coming soon!!

  • Orangutan's YZ25B Class passenger cars
  • Orangutan's XL25B Class baggage cars
  • CMR Line's B15E Class refrigerator vans
  • Charming Model's 6k Class electric locomotive (with DCC/Sound)
  • N27's Golden Eagle railcars

    03 June 2016 - New locomotive review added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Bachmann China's new DF4DK Class diesel locomotive

    01 June 2016 - New road vehicle review added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Switcs DD6129S05 Commuter Bus

    31 May 2016 - New locomotive review added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Link Model's C70 Class hopper

    I've also updated the upcoming models page.

    14 May 2016 - New April 2016 trip report has been added to the prototype pages.

    07 January 2016 - New locomotive review added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Bachmann China's NJ2 Class diesel locomotive

    03 January 2016 - Two new locomotive reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Orangutan Models SS7D Class electric locomotive
    CMR Line's SS3B Class double unit electric locomotive

    30 December 2015 - Two new locomotive reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
    CMR Line's HXD3D Class electric locomotive
    CMR Line's HXD1D Class electric locomotive

    29 December 2015 - New locomotive review added to the Model Encyclopedia
    CMR Line's SS6B Class electric locomotive

    28 December 2015 - Three and a half new model reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Bachmann China's HO scale RW 25T class soft sleeper cars (Includes BSP, Standard & Tibet versions)
    Bachmann China's HO scale YW 25K class hard sleeper cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YZ 25T class hard sleeper cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YW 25T class hard sleeper cars - Information only

    26 December 2015 - Three new model reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Bachmann China's HO scale SYZ/SRZ 25B/K/Z class double decker hard seat/soft seat cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YZ25K class hard seat cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YW25G class hard sleeper cars

    23 December 2015 - Merry Christmas & best wishes for 2016. Five new model reviews added to the Model Encyclopedia
    Bachmann China's HO scale RZ22 class soft seater cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YW22 class hard sleeper cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YZ22 class hard seater cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale XL22 class baggage cars
    Bachmann China's HO scale YZ25G class hard seat cars

    19 October 2015 - New September 2015 trip report has been added to the prototype pages.

    28 April 2015 - The Model News page has been updated again including some bad news regarding Bachmann China.

    For a full list of updates, please click here


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