Matthias Büttner's website features photographs from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and China, mainly steam but also endangered species of railcars, diesels and electrics. Well worth a look. The text is in German but it's not difficult to find your way around the site if you don't speak the language.



On Spoorwegnostalgie Dave Habraken features steam in China and elsewhere as well as vintage diesels in his native Belgium. Text is in Dutch but easy enough to find your way round.


White Mask Snaps

John Hooson's photographs - mainly British diesels in the most scenic locations but some Chinese steam as well.


SY Country

The most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of reports and news of steam operations in China.


JiTong Overview

Hans Schaefer's site contains a wealth of information about the JiTong Railway. Hans also offers an alternative view of China's steam locomotives - from the footplate. Lots of practical information, statistics etc. as well.

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Steam in China

The Steam in China Newsgroup is where you’ll find the latest news about steam operations in China.


Hong Kong Railway Society

The Hong Kong Railway Society website contains some interesting historical articles by Peter Crush (go to Member's Corner then Feature Articles) in addition to a wealth of other material on the railways of Hong Kong and the rest of China.



Bernd Seiler appears to spend most of his time in China these days, leading his FarRail Tours and searching out new lines. Bernd's informative illustrated reports can also be found on his site.


China Train Guide

An online China Rail Timetable. Usefully includes the date of the last update so you know whether you’re looking at the latest information.


Travel China Guide (trains)

An online China Rail Timetable. Beware, some of the information here is out of date.


Travel China Guide (flights)

Online China Air Timetable. Beware, some of the information here is out of date. Not all flights are listed.