Back in July 2011 I blogged about the writer WG Sebald, who in his masterpiece of travel writing The Rings of Saturn tells of a train, once belonging to the Guangxu emperor, that had been brought home and ran on a small line in Suffolk – the full story from Sebald here and some film of the old train concerned here. Well, apparently it’s a bogus tale. A regular China Rhymer contacted me to inform that Ransome and Rapiers, the manufacturers of the train, never exported any trains to China and that they never made any trains that would fit Chinese rail gauges – so that’s that lovely tale blown out of the water. Ho hum….
But here anyway is an undated picture of the Chinese Imperial train all decked out and running on the small line that followed the Tartar Wall around Peking (which I’ve blogged about here, way back in 2008)