Filmed over a four month period in the Winter of 2002-2003 it tells the
story of what turned out to be the last winters logging on the last steam
powered logging railway in China.
It is not just about the steam loco's although they of course feature
prominently. It is also about the people and their way of life. The farmers
making their way into the woods for one last winter, setting up camp and
logging using manual cross cut saws to fell the trees and animals to move the logs.
In one amazing scene a log comes flying down a frozen log chute right at the
camera it is followed by the Oxen required to haul it to the loading point.
Lots of great action of the loco's. I particularly thought that both the single main line
token exchanges and the night shots were excellent.
In one scene the loco crew are discussing (with sub-titles) what they will
do when the railway closes....grim times.
The program ends by showing the rails being ripped up and loaded on the last
train into town in the spring of 2003. Right at the height of the SARS
fiasco which will have prevented all foreigners from witnessing the scene.
Well worth the purchase price.