Shibanxi Gold


Shot between 2008 and 2011, this new film from Rob &?Yuehong Dickinson shows China’s 2’6” gauge Shibanxi Railway as it adopts to the impact of tourism, while continuing to operate steam hauled freight and ordinary passenger trains on an everyday basis - perhaps the last railway in the world to do so. Shot during the canola (oil seed rape) season, hence the title, most of this lovely film is shot on the scenic section above Mifeng. It shows the full range of trains, scenery, and the changes in operations to bring in the tourists and their money, which should ensure this wonderful line stays in operation for many years to come.

This film complements and updates Rob & Yuehong's earlier, and much longer, film Shibanxi Heaven, which shows pre-tourist operations in detail over the whole length of this extraordinary survivor.