Manchurian Asia Express SL7 Steam Locomotive

We are working very hard on this project and bring you the finest SL7 streamlined steam locomotive in HO-scale. First release would be only around 125 pieces and all of them are hand-made brass models with highest quality standard.

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HISTORY OF SL7 (Pictures and Texts come from the Internet.)

The Asia Express (Japanese: あじあ号 Ajia-gō) was an express train built and operated by the South Manchuria Railway (Mantetsu) from 1934 until 1943.

The locomotives used to haul the trains were known as the Pashina type, and constructed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the Shahekou Plant in the Kwantung Leased Territory. When the South Manchurian railway came under Chinese control the locomotives were given class SL7.

The trains reached a top speed of 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph), surpassing the contemporary Chinese rail system and rivaling the United States and Europe. It served as a symbol of technology and modernism in Manchukuo and was used to demonstrate the success of Japan’s imperial project. Mantetsu featured it on many of its fliers and posters, and Manchukuo children’s textbooks included passages about it.

Encased in an aerodynamic shell, the Asia Express ran from Dairen through Shinkyō to Harbin. It featured air conditioning, on-board refrigerators, and an unusual glass observation deck resembling a salon complete with leather chairs and bookshelves.

Following the recapture of Manchuria, the Asia Express was used as a passenger train by the Republic of China. It can still be found on display at Sujiatun Steam Locomotive Museum in Shenyang.