Chinese Rails by Peter Crush

Here is a link to a PDF of Peter’s Chinese Railway Collection

Peter Crush has lived in Hong Kong since 1965. He comes from an English family who, for four generations, worked on Britain’s railways. His great-great grandfather was an engine driver in the north of England during the 1850’s.

He has a special interest in Chinese railways and visited mainland China frequently to view the last years of steam locomotive operations. Occasionally, he was able to drive locomotives when friendly drivers felt it was safe to do so and that their bosses were not watching too closely. He has also researched China’s railway history and over a period of 35 years has amassed a considerable collection of antiquarian Chinese railway records, books, bonds & shares & other memorabilia. The whole annotated catalogue describing his collection has been made available online on an academic website that you can find here.

Peter has written several published articles about Chinese railway history for various railway societies as well as being a Wikipedia contributor. He has two published books ‘Woosung Road’ about the short-lived narrow-gauge railway constructed in Shanghai in 1876 and  ‘Imperial Railways of North China ( 关内外铁路)’, a bilingual book published in Beijing 2013. He is happy to share with fellow members of IBSS the section of his collection catalog dedicated to Chinese railway bonds and shares.

He may be contacted by email at