Sichuan, southwest China — a vast and dynamic mountainous region best known for pandas and earthquakes. There are no roads in Sichuan's rugged Jiayang Valley. No cars. No trucks. No bicycles. But… There is a train.
CHINA’S LAST LITTLE TRAIN tells the story of the last working narrow gauge steam railway in China. Built 70 years ago to haul coal out of the valley, the 19 km line has evolved to be the main source of transport into and out of the valley. But now, the railway is at a crucial juncture. The mine has shut down and the villagers are actively fighting against the closure of the rail line. Worse, the villagers have so far failed in their search of an engineering company able to take on the job.
At a time when attention is focused on China's great leaps in technology, in its maglev and bullet trains, CHINA’S LAST LITTLE TRAIN takes viewers in the quiet Chinese ‘backwaters’ that are still home to 50% of the population.
Produced by NDR, Autentic and LIC China