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Old August 5th, 2006, 09:13 PM   #241
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BEIJING: China will soon hold a feasibility study, exploring ways and means to expand its rail network up to the Pakistan's border.

A senior official of the Chinese Central government told APP here on Sunday that they were actively considering, strengthening their communication links with Pakistan through rail and road. We welcome Pakistan's proposals in this connection, and wish to extend support for optimism use of Gwadar seaport developing bilateral trade.

The technical and financial matters involved in the construction of the rail link up to Kashgar and the Sust check post, will be considered at the experts' levels.

The sources hoped that the rail link would open vast opportunities for Pakistan and China to deepen their trade and business interactions both at bilateral and regional levels.

The sources said, the China's Xinjiang autonomous region will soon undertake necessary spade work, connecting China with Pakistan through the rail. The Governor Xinjiang Region Ismail Tiliwaldi has stated early this year, during his meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Muslim League that his government will soon start necessary work to find out possibilities of operating a rail network between the two friendly countries through Kashgar.

The two sides agreed that the China's western region has rich potential to emerge as hub of Sino-Pak business activities. Pakistan and China have already started a regular bus service between Kashgar and Gilgit.

According to the exports, the proposals of expanding the China's existing rail network up to Pakistan and Central Asian states are feasible and this gigantic task could be implemented to serve their common interest.

China enjoys rich potential and technical know-how to expand its rail link to the country's mountainous regions. It proved its worth, by connection China's Qinghai province with Tibet last month. China solved three major difficulties to rewrite the world's history of railway construction. The three difficulties are frozen tundra, high altitude and plateau environmental protection, said Zhu Zhensheng, vice director of the Ministry of Railways office in charge of the new line.

About 550 kilometres of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in the world's plateau railways, posing great challenges for designing and construction, he said.

The oxygen content along the railway is only 50-60 percent of that at sea level as 960 km of tracks are located at more than 4,000 metres above sea level, Zhu said.

The annual average temperature on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is below zero degree Celsius with the minimum temperature at 45 degree Celsius below zero.

None of the hundreds of thousands of workers died of altitude sickness in the past five years, making a medical miracle, said Professor John West with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

More than 600 doctors and nurses served for the construction project and there was one clinic every 10 kilometres along the line, making sure that any sick worker could get medical treatment within 30 minutes.

However, when the country built a highway between Qinghai province and Tibet in early 1950s, almost the construction of every one kilometre of the road would claim one death.

The 1956-kilometre-long Qinghai-Tibet railway is the world's highest and longest plateau railroad and also the first railway connecting the Tibet autonomous region with other parts of China.
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Old August 5th, 2006, 09:20 PM   #242
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Chinies (locomotive and wagons) train in pakistan
This is karakoram express (running between karachi and lahore...1210 km long track)



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Old August 6th, 2006, 05:57 AM   #243
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China really has very impressive trains.....
What is maximum speed of china star?
High speed trainsets take shape.
1 August 2005
Railway Gazette International

Chinese Railways has ordered three fleets of high speed trains for operation of 200km/h regional inter-city services

TO OPERATE its emerging network of dedicated passenger routes (p479), Chinese Railways expects to put into service by 2015 a fleet of 1000 trainsets designed to operate at speeds of 200km/h or more.

Tenders are to be called next year for the very high speed trains to operate on the 300 to 350km/h routes, but work is already underway on three fleets of 200km/h trainsets to operate intermediate services on regional corridors and the three inter-city networks.

To support the high speed fleet, the Ministry of Railways is planning to develop four major depot and workshop complexes in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou, each with a capacity of around 250 trainsets.

As part of the ongoing speed-up programme, CR and the China Academy of Railway Sciences have been working for several years on developing a range of locally-built 200km/h trainsets to work on existing lines. In addition, the China Star trainset (RG 6.03 p344) was developed by a consortium of Chinese manufacturers at a cost of 100m yuan for operation at up to 300km/h on the Beijing - Shenyang high speed line.

However, when the present Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun took office in mid-2003, the ministry's focus changed from developing domestic technology to addressing rapidly the growing bottlenecks on the railway network.

Faced with the need to build up a large fleet of high speed trains in a relatively short timescale, the Ministry of Railways decided to call international tenders for the supply of 140 trainsets, split into seven batches of 20 units. On October 9 2004 technology transfer contracts were awarded to three international consortia.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 06:27 PM   #244
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 08:58 PM   #246
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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for Beijing-Kowloon railway sabotage

NANCHANG, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A man who severed the Beijing-Kowloon railway in an attempt to derail a passenger train has been sentenced at a court in east China's Jiangxi Province to life in prison.

Wu Guochang was also deprived of his political rights for life, under the sentence passed at the Intermediate People's Court for Railway Transportation in Nanchang, the provincial capital.

Wu was charged with severing a 142-cm piece of rail on the Jiangxi section of the railway on March 24. The railway line is a key passenger and cargo rail trunk in China.

His crime almost led to the derailment of a passenger train, which had to apply its emergency brakes, the court heard.

The action delayed eight passenger and 10 freight trains, causing losses of 70,924 yuan (8,865 U.S. dollars).

The Public Security Ministry on April 30 issued a class A warrant for Wu's arrest with a reward of 300,000 yuan (37,500 U.S. dollars) for information leading to his conviction.

Wu was arrested on May 1 in Jianyang City, Fujian Province, after railway police received a tip-off.

He was also charged with arson in his hometown of Jiande City, in neighboring Zhejiang Province, on Oct. 6, 2003. The fire injured one person and damaged five homes and other building.

He was seeking revenge against relatives involved in his family feud, according to prosecutors.

Wu said he would appeal to higher court after the trial of the first instance, which started on Friday.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:00 PM   #247
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China's railways carry over 5 million passengers on National Day

BEIJING, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's railways carried a record 5.18 million passengers on Oct. 1, the first day of the country's week-long National Day holiday, said an official with the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday.

The source attributed the peak transportation to the increase of long-distance and short-distance travelers on that day. A total of 282 temporary trains were put into service on Sunday, said the ministry.

On Oct. 1 last year, the railways carried 4.55 million passengers, according to the ministry's data.

Railway is the main transportation tool for Chinese travelers. The sector faces even harder tasks in catering to increasing travelers during the country's three golden week holidays, which was introduced in 1999 aiming to stimulate domestic consumption.

The three week-long holidays are featured by the Spring Festival, May Day and National Day.
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Old October 5th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #248
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China maglev's safety system precludes collisions; line expansion planned, expert says
By ELAINE KURTENBACH
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25 September 2006

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Shanghai's high-speed magnetic train has safety systems that would prevent the type of crash that occurred Friday in Germany, a Chinese expert said Monday, noting that the city still plans to expand its maglev rail line.

Likewise undeterred by the accident in Germany, where a maglev train crashed into a maintenance car, killing 23 people, the Central Japan Railway Co. announced Monday it plans to spend US$3.1 billion (€2.4 billion) to develop maglev trains over next decade, expanding a test track west of Tokyo.

The German-built Shanghai maglev line has computerized systems that prevent two trains from being on one track at the same time and that automatically stop the train if there is an obstacle ahead, said Chang Wensen, a professor at the Maglev Research Center at the National University of Defense Technology in the central Chinese city of Changsha.

A top Chinese maglev expert was visiting Germany when the crash occurred. Wu Xiangming, director of the China National Magnetic Levitation Transportation Technology Research Center, extended his trip to visit the accident site on Saturday and was heading back to China, said Rudolf Schwarz, the head of IAGB, which runs the German maglev track.

Chinese experts already were reassessing the Shanghai maglev's safety following an Aug. 11 fire in an electrical storage compartment beneath the passenger cabin that created large amounts of smoke but caused no deaths or injuries.

Preliminary investigations attributed that mishap to an electrical fault.

"The accidents in Shanghai and Germany will have some impact but will not hinder the development of the maglev," Chang said.

"The maglev technology itself has no problem," he said. "The problems are in the running of the maglev."

Shanghai's maglev line covers the 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the city's Pudong International Airport in just eight minutes at speeds of up to 430 kph (270 mph). Launched in early 2004, it is the world's first commercially operating magnetic levitation train line.

Its trains are controlled by a central computer system, minimizing the risk of human error, state media reports noted.

The operators of the line, Shanghai Maglev Transport Development Co., had no comment Monday.

German officials acknowledged Sunday that the test track in where the train crashed was not equipped with the most up-to-date security system, noting such an accident "would never have happened" on tracks that were.

Shanghai plans to build a short extension of the line to site of the 2010 World Expo, along the banks of the city's Huangpu River, and Chinese officials are in negotiations with Germany about constructing a much longer maglev line to the nearby city of Hangzhou.

Friday's crash came as German Traffic Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee was visiting China to urge officials there to expand their use of the German-made technology.

Shanghai's immaculate train and its gleaming stations are a showcase project for China's biggest city. But the line, whose terminus is inconveniently located in an eastern suburb, is not particularly popular. Earlier this month the train's operator announced it was offering discount fares in a bid to boost the number of riders.
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Old October 7th, 2006, 07:36 AM   #249
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China plans five-year leap forward in railway development

China plans five-year leap forward in railway development

October 07, 2006

Powerful engine pulled passenger compartments for the first time into Lhasa, the remote capital of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on July 2. The train had traveled along the 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet Railway at a speed of 120 km per hour to conquer the "roof of the world".

The maiden train run on the world's most elevated tracks, 5,072 meters above the sea level at one point and more than 4,000 meters above the sea level for 960 kilometers, was hailed as an engineering marvel in world railway history and a dream-come-true for China's railway constructors.

But for Chinese railway planners, this is only the beginning of a new five-year drive to modernize the country's railway transportation systems that serve one fifth of the world's population.


Ambitious plans

China's Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun says that in the five years from now to 2010, China will build 19,800 kilometers of new railway lines, modernize 15,000 kilometers of existing railway lines, boost passenger train speed to 200 km per hour with fast trains traveling at more than 300 km an hour, and increase the load of freight trains with a single engine hauling over 5,000 tons.

Under the railway development plan approved by the Chinese government, every year 4,000 kilometers of new tracks will be laid, 3,000 kilometers of existing tracks electrified, and more fast passenger trains, including the maglev trains, and large capacity freight trains introduced.

Liu says he hopes that by 2010, China's railway networks will be able to carry 30 percent more passengers and 30 percent more freight to alleviate the heavy demand for railway transportation.

As a developing country, China relies heavily on railways -- the cheapest means of mass transportation. Statistics show that in China, the energy consumption ratio of transportation by air, road and railways is 11:8:1. So at present, the transportation of 75 percent of coal, 66 percent of ore, 62 percent of iron and steel, as well as 56 percent of grain is done by the railways in the country.

China now has 75,000 kilometers of railways, with 6,500 kilometers built in the last five years. China's economy has been developing at an annual rate of more than 9 percent on average, but the length of its railways grows at a 9.5-percent increase in five years.

"We have been using 6 percent of the world's operational railways to move 23 percent of the total people and freight transported by the world's railway systems each year," Liu says.


Speed raises

To increase railway transportation capacity, China has continuously increased the speed of both its passenger and freight trains. Since 1997, China has raised its train speed for five times, boosting passenger train speed on 22,100 km of tracks to 120 km/hr, on 14,000 km of tracks to 160 km/hr and on 5,370 km of tracks to 200 km/hr. The speed of freight trains on the above-mentioned tracks has also been raised to 120 km/hr.

Before the speed raises, China's trains used to travel at 60 km/hr.

Liu says that the fifth speed raising launched in 2004 alone has increased the passenger and freight transportation capacity of China's railway networks by 18.5 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

China is now preparing for the sixth train speed raising. He Wuhua, chief engineer with the Ministry of Railways, said the target of the sixth speed raising, scheduled to take place this year, is to extend the tracks that accommodate trains running at 200 km/hr by 6,000 kilometers.

In the next five years, Liu says, China will further raise the speed of passenger trains to 200 km/hr on another 13,000 km of the existing rail tracks, in addition to building dedicated lines to passenger trains. He adds that the speed of freight trains on all tracks will be raised to 120 km/hr by 2010.

Despite repeated speed raises, the transportation capacity of China's railways still lags far behind the need of the country's booming economy.

According to statistics released by Chinese Railways, a trade magazine, passenger trains in China provide only 2.41 million seats but sell 3.05 million tickets a day (4.2 million tickets at peak days), leaving many passengers no choice but to stand in the aisles; railway transportation authorities can provide 110,000 freight cars a day, but the nation's daily average demand for freight cars is 280,000, with over 60 percent of the demand left unsatisfied.


Dedicated Lines

To meet the increasing demand for railway transportation, railway planners have called for the building of high-speed dedicated passenger railway lines and the shifting of all freight transportation to the existing tracks.

In 1999, China started to build its first passenger-train-only railway. The 404-km Qin-Shen railway went into service in 2003, with a designed train speed at 200 km/hr and a rushing speed at 300 km/hr.

Liu says in the next five years, China will build 9,800 km of dedicated passenger railway lines, or 50 percent of the new lines to be built in the country. Of the 9,800-km dedicated passenger railway lines, 5,457 km will accommodate trains running at a speed above 300 km/hr.

The Ministry of Railways has announced that it will soon start the construction of a 1,318-km dedicated railway line linking Beijing with Shanghai, which allows trains to run at 350 km per hour.

Wang Yongping, a spokesman with the Ministry of Railways, says the fast train service to be launched by 2010 will cut train trips between Beijing and Shanghai from current 14 hours to only five hours.

"The Beijing-Shanghai dedicated passenger line can relieve the existing tracks of the heavy pressure from passenger transportation, thus increasing the freight transport capacity of the existing tracks by 50 million tons a year," says Ji Jialun, a professor with Beijing Transportation University.

The Chinese government has also approved the construction of a maglev passenger railway between Shanghai and Hangzhou with German technology. Train speed on the 175-km maglev line is expected to reach 450 km/hr, cutting the 2-hour-and-20-minute trip to only 30 minutes. (more)


Heavy Loading Cars

To increase the freight transportation capacity of the railways, China will introduce 70-ton freight cars which carry more goods than the 60-ton freight cars presently in use.

According to the plan of the Ministry of Railways, China will roll out 70-ton cars for general use, 80-ton cars for coal and 100-ton cars for ore, iron and steel in the next five years.

The adoption of heavy loading freight cars can help reduce the length of a train set, making it possible for existing railway station platforms to accommodate heavy hauling trains.

"We will produce 1,000 more engines that can pull 5,000 tons of goods and run at 120 km an hour in the next five years," Liu says.

China's six major railway trunk lines now all have 5,000-ton freight train service. The Ministry of Railways is even running 10,000-ton freight trains on the Da-Qin Railway, with a designed annual transportation capacity of 100 million tons. The line's actual annual transportation volume reached 203 million tons in 2005.

China will also develop railway container transportation, making 10,000 km of tracks able to accommodate double-deck container transportation, and establishing an annual capacity of 10 million TEUs.

To realize the planned leap-forward in railway development, Liu says China will invest 1.25 trillion yuan (150 billion U.S. dollars) in the next five years. He adds that the country will mainly rely on domestic technology and manufacturing in railway development, though it also needs to import some key, advanced technologies from abroad.

Sun Zhang, a professor with the Shanghai-based Tongji University, holds that even in five years, China's railway networks will still lag behind those in the developed countries. He says that Germany, with a land territory smaller than Yunnan, a province in southwest China, boasts 45,000 km of railways, nearly half of the overall railway length China expects to have in five years.
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At this point, I don't think maglev is cost effective despite the high speeds. The billions needed to implement one single line can be better used for a much larger yet slower high-speed rail network.
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Chinese man jailed for life for severing railway

BEIJING, Sept 28 (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for trying to derail a passenger train and arson, local media said on Thursday.

Wu Guochang, 43, received the sentence from the Intermediate People's Court for Railway Transportation in Nanchang, capital of the eastern province of Jiangxi, the Beijing News said.

Wu was charged with "sabotaging transport facilities" by severing a 1.42-metre (4.66 feet) piece of rail in the Jiangxi section of the Beijing-Kowloon railway, a key link between the Chinese capital and Hong Kong, in March, the Beijing News said.

"His crime almost led to the derailment of a passenger train, which had to apply its emergency brakes," the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that eight passenger trains and 10 freight trains were delayed, causing losses worth 70,924 yuan ($8,974).

Wu was also convicted of setting several fires in his native province of Zhejiang in 2003, damaging homes and offices and injuring one person, the Beijing News said.

Wu was also deprived of political rights for the rest of his life, but he would appeal against the sentence, saying the cut on the railway was not serious enough to derail a train, the Beijing News said.

Chinese media said previously that Wu had committed the crimes out of revenge and "dissatisfaction with society" after he was abandoned by his wife.

Police offered a reward of 300,000 yuan for Wu's arrest in May. ($1=7.903 Yuan)
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Old October 29th, 2006, 06:31 AM   #252
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Beijing subway line to be extended
26 October 2006
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Beijing's No10 subway, currently under construction for the 2008 Olympic Games, will be connected in 2010 to the No5 and No4 subway lines, also under construction.

Work on the lengthened section of the No10 line will begin next year and will be one kilometer longer than the 6.85 km-extension that was originally planned in order to connect the No4 line with lines 5 and 10, according to the Beijing Municipal Rail Transit Construction Management Co Ltd.

The No10 subway line will form a semi-loop line from Beijing's northwest to southeast. It southeastern terminus, Jinsong, will be connected with Songjiazhuang on line 5 and Shiliuzhuang Lu on line 4.

Construction of the 24-km first phase of the No10 line began in late 2004. It is expected to be completed and put into operation before the 2008 Olympics, together with the No4 and 5 subway lines, a rail link from the No10 line to the Olympic village and a light-rail track to the international airport.

By 2008, the total length of subway lines in operation in the capital city will increase to 200 km from the current 114 km. Four subway lines are in operation in Beijing.

Beijing is also upgrading its No1 and No2 subway lines by purchasing new trains and updating old ones, according to the Beijing Subway Operation Co Ltd.
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Shanghai has China's largest subway transfer hub

SHANGHAI, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- East China's commercial center Shanghai will inaugurate sections of the country's largest subway transfer hub on Saturday.

When completed in 2010, the 42,000-square-meter hub in Century Boulevard Station in Pudong district will help thousands of passengers transfer among subway lines 2, 4, 6 and 9, said the city's underground transport source on Friday.

Built under the middle section of Century Boulevard, the three-storey station goes 21 meters underground.

The hub will be capable of transferring 120,000 passengers per hour.
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Beijing subway to install cameras, shield doors to monitor safety

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Beijing is planning to install monitor cameras and shield doors to prevent waiting passengers falling off onto the rail, said a subway company manager.

"The No.1 and No.2 Line of the subway are undergoing an overall restructuring with high-tech equipments to strengthen safety measures," said Zhan Minghui, deputy manager of the Beijing Subway, adding that more subway staff members are dispatched on each station to remind waiting passengers not to cross "the yellow safety line".

Zhan said besides a few number of suicide attempts, most subway falling victims had stepped out of the safety line to pick up falling articles or just out of curiosity.

"One would get a deadly electric shock if he fell onto the rail and touched the 825-volt high-tension electric track. It's worse that if train coming the driver immediately activated the emergency brake, the train would still slide for about 100 meters before stop, causing miserable deaths," said Zhan, adding that suspended subway service would add great pressure to road traffic.

Zhan said after restructuring, monitor cameras will cover the whole platforms and shield doors will prevent passengers cross over the safety lines.

A man killed himself by jumping off the platform in front of a train at a Beijing subway station around the city center on Oct. 18.
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Old November 4th, 2006, 12:03 PM   #256
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Xi'an to complete 251.8 kilometers of subway by 2011

Xian: the Building of Subway to Start This Year
Published : 3:50 A.M. EST, Sep 14, 2006
With the approval of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China yesterday, the Xian subway will launch its project as of October.

In order to develop a convenient and multi-functional public traffic system to reduce the traffic overloaded burden in Xian, the building of the subway is of great significance. It is planned that 251.8 kilometers (157 miles) subway lines composed of three main lines and three assisting lines will be built in Xian. Before 2015, two lines with each 50.3 kilometers (31 miles) long and 37 stations will be finished.

From October, the building for the 2nd line of the subway will begin its test and hereafter launch the project officially first. It is predicted that the project will be finished in the year of 2011. The line will start from the Xian Railway Station to Weiqu in Chang'an District. Places such as the North Street, Bell Tower, Xiaozhai, and Qujiang New District etc. are along the line. At present, preparation works for the project are being made methodically.
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Old November 4th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #257
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I think they're saying that the Number 2 line, (not the 2nd one), is finishing its planning stages and is about to start construction. That line will be finished by 2011, not the whole system. The 253km plan is most likely a master plan that won't be finished for 20 years and will probably undergo several revisions before that, if it gets done even that soon.

Also in Chinese railway news, Tianjin's number 2 and number 3 subway lines are under construction right now. Line two will run basically east-west to the airport, and line three runs from the Southwest to the Northeast of the city. The two lines meet up with subway line 1 (already completed) at separate points along the line, and intersect at Tianjin's main railway station, where they will also eventually meet up with the Binhai line, which runs to TEDA.

In TEDA, they are also building a bit of a small streetcar system, which is coming along nicely and from the looks of it will probably be up and running in 6 months, if not sooner.
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Here are two pictures of the new DJ4 locomotive build by SIEMENS in China in cooperation with Zhuzhou Electric Loco Works.





The locomotive is based on the Europrinter platform.
180 double-locomotives are ordered and are 9000 kW strong
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Beijing to build world's longest metro

By Wu Jiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-11-20 06:46

Beijing's metro system will stretch to 561 kilometres by 2020, replacing London's Underground as the longest subway system in the world, according to a recently completed construction plan for the capital city's public transportation offerings.

According to the plan, the 561 kilometres will be laid out along 19 lines knit together beneath the capital.

Unlike metro lines 1 and 2 (the loop lines), which encircle the Tian'anmen Square area, the traditional city centre, the new lines are expected to reach all the major corners of the capital.

Fifteen of the new lines will support urban areas, while the remaining four will stretch out to the suburbs, according to the plan drafted by the city's communications commission.

Zhao Hui, a researcher who helped draft the plan, said it represented a long-term vision and was therefore subject to change. The city's Development and Reform Commission still has to approve the plan, he noted.

The three lines Line 4, 5 and 10 that are currently under construction are expected to be operational for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Line 4 will connect Fengtai in the extreme south with Haidian in the northwest, spanning 28.16 kilometres. This line will represent the first direct link between Beijing's two "poles."

Line 5 will serve a similar function, creating a short-cut route between the "developed" north and "developing" south, from Changping to Fengtai districts.

The city is also building Line 10, which will proscribe an arc whose tips will be Haidian and Chaoyang districts. This line will link up the northwestern and eastern-southeastern sections of the city.

A 5.91-kilometre section of Line 10 is aimed at easing travel relating to the 2008 Olympic Games.

Zhao said Line 11 would be finished in 2012 and link with Line 10. The new loop line created by the two linked lines will thread through major city centres including Zhongguancun technology zone, the CBD and the Olympic zone.

Currently four metro lines serve Beijing. Lines 1 and 2 span 54 kilometres, while Line 13 and Line Batong cover 61 kilometres. Together they carry 1.5 million travellers every day.

Beyond building new subway lines, transportation experts have been exploring other possibilities for the city's underground space to help ease the traffic pressure.

During a conference this weekend entitled the "International Academic Conference on Underground Space," the Beijing Urban Planning Commission and Beijing Urban Planning and Designing Research Institute jointly released a new plan proposing the construction of six underground expressways by 2020 to further ease traffic congestion, mainly within the second and third rings.

Shi Xiaodong, a senior planner with the planning and design research centre, said moving more transportation underground will help eliminate noise pollution and reduce traffic in the old urban area.

However, Duan Liren, an expert with the Beijing Transportation Management Engineering Institute, warned the involved officials to be cautious about developing the underground express system.

"Such a large-scale underground expressway system would be unprecedented in the world, and we have little experience to draw upon. The technological difficulties and construction costs of this system will exceed those of the metro system," Duan was quoted by the Beijing News as saying.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...ent_737088.htm
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