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Old May 31st, 2006, 10:14 AM   #221
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Looks nice, would like to see more interior shots at night though. Any links?
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 02:08 AM   #222
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Rare Chinese steam train serves remote mountain villages and rail enthusiasts
30 May 2006

SHIBANXI, China (AP) - In the remote mountains of southern China, a worker busily shovels coal into a workhorse from another era -- a narrow gauge steam train that makes four or five runs a day ferrying people and livestock.

The Shibanxi passenger train has been operating since 1958 and is one of a handful of steam trains left in the world. Despite frequent rumors that it's headed for retirement, it keeps chugging though the lush green mountains of Sichuan province.

Blanketed much of the year by clouds and soft drizzle, the area is inaccessible by car. Villagers rely on the seven-car train to get to work, to transport pigs and vegetables to market, to carry children to school.

Foreign train buffs are also frequent passengers on the 19-kilometer (12-mile) run.

Wooden benches line the cars -- except for the last one, which has a pen for livestock. Sliding metal windows let in air and light or keep out the coal smoke when the train blasts through long tunnels.

"We need this train," says Xu Xia, a villager who lives near the station in Shixi, the first stop on the eight-stop rail line. "It's impossible to imagine life here without it."

The narrow tracks also serve as a path for villagers through the thick vegetation and steep mountain slopes, forcing the engineer to punctuate the trip with frequent earsplitting peals of the horn.

A ride costs local people 3 yuan (37 US cents; 29 euro cents). Tourists pay 15 yuan (US$1.87;euro1.47).

The rail line is popular among steam train enthusiasts who flock to Shibanxi from the United States, Europe and Japan.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 10:50 AM   #223
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Qinghai-Tibet railway facilitates local tourism
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Old June 14th, 2006, 01:57 PM   #224
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One question: is the railway single-track or double-track?
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Old June 15th, 2006, 05:57 AM   #225
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China's altiplano trains ready to climb onto "Roof of the world"
14 June 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, June 14 (CEIS) -- A total of 169 China-made express trains are ready to run along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest railtrack due to begin trial operation on July 1.

The trains are specifically designed to operate on the altiplano railway of which 84 percent is 4,000 meters above sea level.

An engineer with manufacturer CSR Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock told Xinhua that the trains mark a new leap forward for China's railway equipment development.

The design of the carriages is unmistakably Tibetan, from the patterned carpets to the window curtains. All the Chinese words that appear on the electronic screen in each railway car are translated into both English and Tibetan.

Two oxygen systems have been installed on the train.

One is a "dispersion-mode" oxygen supply system, with oxygen spreading to the air in the railway car through the air-conditioning system. The other system, like that of an airplane, offers each passenger individual access to oxygen, and passengers can use a pipe to suck up more oxygen if needed.

All railway cars are equipped with double-layer glass which is covered with anti-ultraviolet radiation film.

With 1,142 kilometers section of the railway between Golmud and Lhasa running along Kunlun Mountain and Tanggula Mountain, 960 kilometers of the railway will be above 4,000 meters, with the highest point at 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated track.

To protect the natural environment along the railway, special sewage collection devices have been installed. All the waste is disposed of at the terminus.

A special rubbish compressor has also been installed in each car to avoid litter being strewn along the railway.

The train is also equipped with disabled toilets.

The 25T series train is designed for a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and it has reached 120 kilometers per hour during the test runs in previous months. The engineer said even when running through the highest point on the Tanggula Mountain, the speed of the train can reach 80 kilometers per hour.

Sources with the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company said last month that the first four scheduled trains to Tibet by the Qinghai-Tibet railway will start, on July 1, from Beijing, Chengdu, Xining, and Shanghai (Guangzhou), respectively.

The railway is the first to connect the Tibet Autonomous Region with other parts of China. It is one of China's key projects in the west, which demonstrates the Chinese government's determination to bring prosperity to the Tibetan people and promote economic development of the vast western areas in China.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 07:15 PM   #226
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One question: is the railway single-track or double-track?
You may have a look of the series photos here. It seems that most part of the railway has only one track.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 12:56 AM   #227
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Thursday June 22, 12:31 PM
Beijing subway builders never got dollar-a-day salary

BEIJING (AFP) - Migrants from rural China worked for a year building Beijing's new subway line -- a signature project for the Olympics -- for just over one dollar a day but were never paid.

A Beijing court this week ordered a construction company to pay the 260 workers from eastern Shandong province their year's wages worth a total 900,000 yuan (112,500 dollars), the China Daily newspaper reported.

The salaries equate to 1.21 dollars a day for each worker but that was still too much for the government's Beijing Urban Construction Group, which defaulted on its payments to another firm it had subcontracted to employ the workers.

"Our boss told us that the Beijing Urban Construction Group did not pay him first," the plaintiffs told the court, according to the China Daily.

The court ruled on Tuesday that the subcontracting firm must pay the workers their salaries but said the city government's construction company was also to blame, according to the China Daily.

"The Beijing Urban Construction Group should also shoulder legal resonsibilities," the court judgment said.

The court was told the workers had been brought in from Shandong in June last year to help build the No. 5 Metro Line, which will run north-south under the city, passing the 2008 Olympic Village.

China is ploughing 40 billion dollars into Beijing's infrastructure ahead of the Olympics, with some of the money going into transport such as new subway lines and the airport.

Exploitation of workers is a recurring theme in China's economic "miracle", covering most industries from urban construction to the coal mines and the sweat shops that produce ultra-cheap goods for international markets.
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Old June 23rd, 2006, 06:52 PM   #228
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Xinhua news:
Qinghai-Tibet railway boosts pride and economies

Focus Reports in Chinese:
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Old June 24th, 2006, 07:08 PM   #229
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Relics reveal pre-historic civilization along Qinghai-Tibet railway
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Old June 24th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #230
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That's cool. Was there any train operations to/out of Tibet before?
No, never before. That's why Dalai Lama is even more looking blue these days, he is done with.
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Old June 27th, 2006, 07:50 AM   #231
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Focus Reports in Chinese form Xinhua:
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Old June 28th, 2006, 09:46 AM   #232
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Series Report on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in English

Qinghai-Tibet Railway English Version
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Old June 28th, 2006, 06:07 PM   #233
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Collapse at Beijing subway construction site kills 2 workers
28 June 2006

BEIJING (AP) - A section of a Beijing subway tunnel that was under construction collapsed, killing two workers, a news report said Wednesday.

Work on the line on the northern side of Beijing was suspended following the accident early Tuesday, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

The two workers were buried when the tunnel walls collapsed, and their bodies were found four hours later, the paper said.

Calls Wednesday to Beijing's work-safety administration were referred to the city government's foreign affairs office, who said they could not immediately respond.

Beijing is building four new subway lines in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 01:46 PM   #234
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Trials begin for electric train from Shanghai to Nanjing
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Old July 18th, 2006, 02:42 AM   #235
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Guangshen to borrow $3.2b for railway line
18 July 2006
South China Morning Post

Guangshen Railway, which runs through-trains between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, is seeking $3.23 billion in debt to fund expansion.

The Hong Kong-listed company yesterday said its plan to build a fourth railway line, estimated to cost $4.6 billion, had been approved by its parent, Guangzhou Railway.

The company said it would fund 70 per cent of the cost by "external means of financing", and the rest by internal resources.

Guangshen had total liabilities of about two billion yuan at the end of last year.

It had also failed to sell 700 million A shares despite winning shareholders' approval in 2002 because of the Sars outbreak.

Sources said Guangshen was planning to raise about $10 billion by selling A shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in the last quarter of this year, a move that was delayed by a government ban on all new listings last year.

The fourth Guangzhou-Shenzhen line will run through Xintang and Pingshu and connect to major lines including that between Beijing and Guangzhou and the Kowloon-Canton Railway.

To help build that line, Guangshen has signed agreements, including those for surveying and design services, construction works supervision, technical services and environmental assessment services, with several independent firms.

Guangshen's revenue was 3.28 billion yuan last year, up 7.9 per cent from 2004, while net profit grew 8.1 per cent to 613.4 million yuan.

Revenue from passenger transportation service was 2.51 billion yuan last year or 76.6 per cent of the total.

Shares of Guangshen fell 1.73 per cent yesterday to $2.825.
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Old July 18th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #236
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Nanjing to Build Subway of 52km by 2010

NANJING, July 17, SinoCast -- Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province, will finish rail transit of 51.925 kilometers, including the first phase and the eastern extension projects of the No. 2 subway as well as the southern extension project of the No. 1 subway, during the eleventh Five-Year Plan period.

At the same time, the eastern city plans to construct the western extension project of the No. 2 subway.

The No. 2 subway, with a length of over 25 kilometers, is planned to have a total investment of CNY 10.54 billion. The first phase has been started and will be put into trial operation in 2009.

The southern extension project of the No. 1 subway, which is 18 kilometers long and have an investment of CNY 6.93 billion, is planned to be openned for traffic in 2010.

The eastern extension project of the No. 2 subway, which is over 9 kilometers long and is invested in CNY 2.226 billion, will be started at the end of the coming year and be put into trial operation in 2010.

And the western extension project of the No. 2 subway, which is 14.82 kilometers long and has an investment of CNY 5.7 billion, will be started in 2008 and come into operation in 2012.

By the time when all of these lines are commissioned, the operating profits will be more than CNY 500 million, realizing break-even operation.
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 01:18 AM   #237
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Jiangsu to build 10 railways in 5 years

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2006-07-21
NANJING will become the transport hub in Jiangsu Province as plans have been established to build 10 railways in five years in the province, most of which will be connected by the Nanjing railway station, including the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway, Modern Express reported today.

It will only take 4 hours to travel from Nanjing to Beijing by train after the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway is completed by 2010.

From Nanjing to other nearby cities, like Hefei, Hangzhou and Shanghai, the trip will take about 1 hour.

Another railway will be built to connect the Nanjing Railway Station and the Nanjing South Railway Station.

Nanjing South Railway Station will be six times as big as the current Nanjing Railway Station, and it is expected to host 80 percent of all passengers.

The 10 new railways are:

*Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway
Length: 1,318 kilometers
Speed: 350 km/h

*Shanghai-Nanjing railway.
Length: 296 kilometers
Speed: 250 km/h

*Nanjing-Hangzhou railway
Length: 280 kilometers
Speed: 200 km/h

*Nanjing-Wuhu railway.
Length: 263 kilometers
Speed: 200 km/h

*Nanjing-Hefei railway
Length: 166 kilometers
Speed: 200 km/h

*Nantong-Shanghai railway
Length: 133 kilometers
Speed: 200 km/h

*Suzhou-Huai'an railway
Length: 192 kilometers
Speed: 160 km/h

*Lianyungang-Funing railway
Length: 276 kilometers
Speed: 160 km/h

*Huai'an-Zhenjiang railway
Length: 173 kilometers
Speed: 160 km/h

*Zhenjiang-Nanxiang railway
Length: 227 kilometers
Speed: 160 km/h

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/art/200...in_5_years.htm
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 06:39 PM   #238
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China building 27-billion-dollar train line from Beijing to Shenzhen

BEIJING, Aug 3, 2006 (AFP) - China is building a 27-billion-dollar train line from Beijing to the southern economic hub of Shenzhen and foreign investors will be invited to join the project, state press reported Thursday.

The new 2,300-kilometer (1,420-mile) railway will cut travel time between the capital and Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, from 24 hours to 10, the China Daily said, citing the National Development and Reform Commission.

The track will be designed to allow trains to travel at speeds of at least 200 kilometers an hour, more than twice as fast as the current line, it said.

Work on some sections of the railway has already begun and the entire project is expected to be completed by 2010.

The newspaper, citing government officials, said the entire project was expected to cost around 220 billion yuan (27.5 billion dollars), with foreign investment welcomed.

"We encourage investors from home and abroad and we think it will be a profitable railway," a railways ministry official surnamed Huang said in the report.

The total investment will be recovered within six years of services on the line starting, Huang said.

Construction of a section of the line between Wuhan, the capital of China's central Hubei province, and Guangzhou, the capital of southern Guangdong province in which Shenzhen also lies, began in 2004.

However the National Development and Reform Commission, the government's main economic planning body, only released the blueprint for the entire project on Wednesday, the China Daily said.

The commission said the new railway would be solely for passengers, leaving the old track to carry cargo.

The project is separate from another multi-billion-dollar railway to be built between Beijing and Shanghai, which is also expected to be completed by 2010 and be open to foreign investment.

The Beijing-Shanghai line is epected to cut travel time between China's two most important cities from around 13 hours to five, with the trains expected to reach speeds of 350 kilometers an hour.

The investment costs for that project have not been announced although reports have suggested as much as 25 billion dollars will be ploughed into it.

China announced last year an ambitious plan to spend 250 billion dollars by 2020 to renovate and expand the nation's rail network, one of the largest in the world.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 04:30 PM   #239
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China planning major new coal railway

BEIJING, Aug 1, 2006 (AFP) - China is planning a 740-kilometer (460-mile) railway line to better link its impoverished, but coal-rich north to more prosperous and energy-hungry provinces further south, state media said Tuesday.

The coal rail, budgeted at 23 billion yuan (2.9 billion dollars), will start at Baotou, a major city in Inner Mongolia, a region known for its vast coal resources, the Shanghai Securities News reported.

Its southern terminus will be at Tangshan harbor, around 240 kilometers (150 miles) east of Beijing, where the coal will be loaded onto ships and transported to the nation's energy-guzzling south, according to the paper.

The idea of a new coal railway to Inner Mongolia was raised in a research report jointly issued by power companies Huaneng and Datang International Power, coal producer Shenhua, and the State Development and Investment Corp.

The newspaper report did not give a timeframe for when the railway would be built.

Despite its rapidly modernizing economy, China is still heavily dependent on coal, relying on it for about two thirds of its energy consumption.
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China really has very impressive trains.....
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