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Old June 27th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #1
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Worlds Highest Ralway Opens in a few Days in China

Just News on railway lines and the rest from my current neck of the woods.

Dont know if you know but in a few days the worlds highest railway will opne
Connecting Golmud to Lhasa the capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The Railway will run from Beijing to Lasha.

Facts on the railway line

* Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world's highest railway. Some 960 kilometers of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated track.

* The railway is the world's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital Xining to Lhasa in Tibet. The newly completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometers across the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges.

* About 550 kilometers of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world's plateau railways.

* Tanggula Railway Station, 5,068 meters above sea level, is the highest railway station in the world.

* Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 4,905 meters above sea level, is the world's most elevated tunnel on frozen earth.

* Kunlun Mountain Tunnel, running 1,686 meters, is the world's longest plateau tunnel built on frozen earth.

* Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 kilometers per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 kilometers per hour on non-frozen earth.

* Construction of the Golmud-Lhasa section of the landmark railway commenced on June 29, 2001 and test runs are set for July 2006. Enditem


Some News Articles on the Railway. Sure beats the Blue Mountains Line

Oxygen to be offered in trains on world's highest railway www.chinaview.cn 2006-04-24 10:05:06

LHASA, The world's highest and longest plateau railroad, China's Qinghai-Tibet railway, will have a supply of oxygen on trains to combat the effects of altitude sickness on passengers during its operation in July. Departing from Beijing's West Railway Station at 21:30, train T27/8 will arrive in Lhasa in Tibet at 20:58 on the third day, the 4,064-kilometer trip taking 47 hours and 28 minutes, said sources on Monday.


"Oxygen will be supplied by using a system like central air-conditioning on trains, which can make the oxygen content in carriages reach 80 percent of that in plain areas," said Ma Baocheng, deputy manager of the Qinghai-Tibet Railways Company.

Oxygen masks will also be installed under seats in carriages, which passengers can use in case they still feel sick, Ma said.

In addition, each train will have a doctor and a nurse for emergency treatment of passengers, according to Ma.

The 1,956-kilometer-long Qinghai-Tibet Railway links Xining, capital of China's northwestern province of Qinghai, to Lhasa, capital of southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Operational costs on the plateau are much higher, Sun said. For one thing, the thinness of the air could cut power by almost half at elevations above 4,000 metres, meaning trains will have to consume more fuel to maintain a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour in non-permafrost regions, sources from the Ministry of Railways said.


Some 960 kilometers of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated track. Enditem
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Old June 28th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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omg. over 5km above sea level, that is huge, thanks for that
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Well I cant wait to try and catch next month when I am down that way
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