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中国火车模型 Chinese Model Trains -  Website Information

About Chinese Model

Chinese Model Trains website began in the year 2000 when there were only a couple of models on the market and a very niche hobby. Since then, the hobby has exploded with hundreds of prototypes from dozens of manufacturers over most scales, although still predominantly in HO scale. 

Goals of Chinese Model

Chinese Model was created and developed to do the following: 

  • Provide a complete and historical archive of all known Chinese prototype model railway products

  • Act as a resource center with model reviews and information to help people to make an informed decision in which products to purchase​

  • Encourage the industry to grow and build a community of Chinese model railroaders

Website News & Updates

Most Recent Model Reviews: 

27 February 2023  - HO Scale TC Hobby Courier Trikes (static, road vehicle) 

26 February 2023  - HO Scale N27 C80B class three-pack gondolas and Excited Trains NX17BH Class Flat Cars

23 February 2023  - HO Scale ChangMing DF5 class diesel electric locomotive

13 February 2023  - HO Scale CMR Line KF60 Class Side Dump Hopper Cars

12 February 2023  - HO Scale Orangutan G17K Class Tank Cars and CMR Line P65 Class Box Cars

11 February 2023  - HO Scale CMR Line B15E Class Refrigerator Cars and XingXing C70 Class Hopper Cars

10 February 2023  - HO Scale MTC Z151 / Z152 Class Steam Crane

09 February 2023  - HO Scale MTC KM70 Class Hopper Cars

07 February 2023  - HO Scale N27 LSD-1 (NX70) Class Maintenance Flat Car Set 

04 February 2023  - HO Scale Micro City Volkswagen Jetta (Civilian) and Volkswagen Jetta (Taxi) 

03 February 2023  - HO Scale Micro City Toyota Landcruiser and Volkswagen Jetta (Police) 

31 January 2023  - HO Scale ChangMing figures & accessories : updated 15 April 2023

23 January 2023  - HO Scale ChangMing DF7B class diesel electric locomotive

22 January 2023  - HO Scale N27 DFH5 class diesel hydraulic locomotive

20 January 2023  - HO Scale Charming HXD2 class electric locomotive & N27 SS9 class electric locomotive

19 January 2023  - HO Scale Charming/ChangMing ND3 class diesel locomotive

17 January 2023  - HO Scale Sino Model DF4E class diesel locomotive

15 January 2023  - HO Scale ChangMing Model Train Studios QL160 class diesel railcar

26 April 2022  - HO Scale 1435 SS4G class electric locomotive

24 April 2022  - HO Scale MTC SS7E class electric locomotive (die-cast)

18 April 2022  - HO Scale CMR Line DF8B class diesel locomotive

16 April 2022  - HO Scale Eisenbahn Canada SL7 class 4-6-2 streamlined steam locomotive (brass)

15 April 2022  - HO Scale Piko DF7C class diesel electric locomotive

13 April 2022  - HO Scale HaoMiZhiZao WX25T class overhead inspection car

Site Updates:

13 January 2023 - Model news and encyclopedias have been updated. New model reviews will be progressively added over the coming days as I find myself with some free time over the next couple of weeks.  

01 January 2023 - Happy new year! First listings in classifieds section have been added to trial : updated 05 February 2023

07 April 2022 - My past and present layouts have been added to the Model Projects page. 

06 April 2022 - Finally the old encyclopedia reviews have migrated across with some improvements, which frees me up to begin new reviews, add photos of my old & current layouts. I will also start adding items to the classifieds page and will begin experimenting with video tutorials for the workshop page. Please contact me if there is something you would like to see on the site, or make a post on the facebook page.  

31 March 2022 - Thanks all for your patience in getting the model reviews across. There has been a significant technical problem preventing much of this work, however it is finally well under way with only a number of passenger cars to transfer over. (This still requires some time for each one!) 


Once this is all done, new reviews will be on the way - and there are lots of them! If you have a specific model you would like me to prioritise, please let me know via the contact page or via the ChineseModelTrains Facebook Group.

06 October 2021 - Hi all, the migration to the new server and site has progressed faster than anticipated. This has caught me off guard and as such, the individual model reviews are still to be moved across, although the main encyclopedia is working. Please bear with me during this process. New features such as workshop and classifieds will be online before too long and I'm also hoping to establish video reviews shortly. All this will have to wait until the model reviews are up and running.

This site will be focusing on Chinese prototype model railways only, for those who enjoyed my trip reports and photography of the real Chinese trains, you can visit sister site here : (photography only with trip reports to follow in due course) . Best wishes - PH

Copyright and Disclaimer

All content including images, photographs, videos and text are copyright © protected. Rights to content may be applied for in writing. 

All information is written from a personal perspective. No content represents official opinion from the Chinese government, or its agencies or from private companies/corporations.

In regards to Chinese Model railways; all photographs are taken by myself or are used with permission from individuals, companies or corporations as noted.

Any information and/or advice given on the modeling pages are written from personal experiences of myself or other individuals. I will accept no responsibility or liability for the damage or loss of any models arising from said information/advice given on this website.

How to Help Chinese Model

Information is gladly received to help build and maintain the Model Encyclopedia. Please forward information via the contact form here

This is a free service to the world wide web. There are however costs for site hosting which I try and cover through donations in an effort to keeping it ad-free. If you would like to assist with these costs, donations may be made through PayPal by clicking on the "Donate" button below.

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Any contribution is very welcome and much appreciated.

About the Author

My name is Peter Haworth and I live in the state of Victoria in Australia where I work as a train driver. I have active interests in photography, travelling, model building, aviation and railways (specifically Chinese). I have been travelling to China since 1999 to photograph their dying steam locomotives, and more recently, it's equally threatened industrial, local and narrow gauge railways with diesel and electric traction. 

I have a second website where you can find some examples of my photographs from China here : Peter Haworth's China and also a YouTube channel where many of the railway videos from my adventures end up here : Pete's World Railway Videos

I have been interested in model railways since a child and at 16 began my first collection of USA prototype models in N scale, specifically of the Union Pacific​. Three years later in Hong Kong after my first trip to China to see the world famous steam powered Ji-Tong railway, I spotted a HO scale model of a DF11 diesel locomotive by Bachmann China in a small shop window and bought it as a souvenir. Some months passed before I got word that Bachmann was to produce HO scale QJ steam locomotives, which prompted me to sell my entire N scale collection in order to fund my new found hobby.

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