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Old February 19th, 2012, 06:53 AM   #4661
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China builds railway to benefit fertilizer supply
Updated: 2012-02-18 19:21

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XINING - Construction has started on a railway extension that is hoped will ease the transport strain in a plateau salt lake area in west China, one of the country's two key potash fertilizer bases, local officials said Saturday.
The 25.3 km-long rail extension that will link the base of Zangge Potash Co Ltd in Qaidam basin, Qinghai province, with the Qinghai-Tibet railway, will have the capacity to carry 3.5 million tons of fertilizer each year, officials said.
The rail project, estimated to cost 260 million yuan ($41.6 million), is managed by China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Ltd. It is expected to be finished by the end of August.
China widely uses potash fertilizers for farming. In 2011, the country produced 4.7 million tons of potash fertilizers but imported another 3.78 million tons to meet domestic demand, according to data released by a fertilizer industry association of China.
Qaidam and the Lop Nor in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are China's two major potash production bases. But both are located in the country's remote and underdeveloped northwestern region.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #4662
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Longyan-Xiamen Railway (passenger and freight mixed use), construction finished, test starts March 2012, service start date unknown.
When in the next month shall testing of Longyan-Xiamen railway begin?
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #4663
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Old February 20th, 2012, 08:43 AM   #4664
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Is Wuhan Metropolis-Xianning Intercity Rail on schedule to open in May?

When in 2012 shall Wuhan Metropolis-Huangshi Intercity Rail open?
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 11:41 AM   #4665
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Ministry enhances railway safety against earthquakes

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Railways (MOR) announced Thursday that it will beef up cooperation with the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) in its efforts to strengthen railway safety against earthquakes.

The MOR attaches great importance to earthquake prevention and disaster relief and strictly complies with technological requirements in the design, location, and quality supervision of railways, said a statement posted on the ministry's official website Thursday.

As the nation's top authority in charge of earthquake and disaster relief matters, the CEA is equipped with advanced technologies and has rich experience in dealing with earthquakes and making emergency response plans.

Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu said that the cooperation will definitely further enhance security for high-speed railways.

The statement added that the two sides' concerted efforts will be conducive to enhancing earthquake prevention and disaster relief capabilities for the country's high-speed railways.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 01:52 PM   #4666
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Should they not have earthquake-proofed the rail lines while they were being built?

Or are they just now starting to be HSR in earthquake prone regions?
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 05:45 PM   #4667
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Certainly not. Chengdu is prone to earthquakes, and Chengdu-Suining-Dezhou HSR has been open for some time.

In which year shall Suining-Chongqing high speed railway open?
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Old February 24th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #4668
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The article didn't really mention HSR, I believe all HSR lines are designed to withstand a certain magnitude of earthquakes, if we are talking about HSR than this is probably a new effort to create a better earthquake proof standard. But I think this is more geared towards conventional railways, as many lines were originally built in the 60s and 70s and could suffer from poor earthquake proof methods.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4669
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China's biggest online rail enthusiast community reopened

http://bbs.hasea.com/

Perhaps world's biggest online rail forums?
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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #4670
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Perhaps world's biggest online rail forums?
Why was that forum closed for two years? Railfans aren't exactly political subversives.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 12:15 AM   #4671
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Why was that forum closed for two years? Railfans aren't exactly political subversives.
Railway matters have military implications in China.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 03:55 AM   #4672
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Perhaps world's biggest online rail forums?
Great news, it is a nice source
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Old February 28th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #4673
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Why was that forum closed for two years? Railfans aren't exactly political subversives.
Because many people are not happy with the quality of service MOR was providing and the direction it's going, so by 2010 the forum had turned to more of a venue of political ranting instead of forum for rail fans. Many discussions were around political issues beyond railway in general, so MOR had it shut down.

Anyhow it's great news that it's back online, what a wait!
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Old March 6th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #4674
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Beijing to Guangzhou Line.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #4675
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Old March 12th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #4676
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Builders lay rails on a bridge of the Yuxi-Mengzi Railway in southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 10, 2012. The 142-kilometer Yuxi-Mengzi Railway, part of the eastern section of the planned Pan-Asia international railway project, is in the halfway of construction and will open to traffic at the end of 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)
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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:22 AM   #4677
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CSR Zhuzhou developed light rail train starts commercial service at Izmir, Turkey, marks the first time Chinese train maker breaks into the European market.
http://finance.chinanews.com/cj/2012.../3741113.shtml



Last September's delivery
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Old March 14th, 2012, 06:27 AM   #4678
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Builders lay rails on a bridge of the Yuxi-Mengzi Railway in southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 10, 2012. The 142-kilometer Yuxi-Mengzi Railway, part of the eastern section of the planned Pan-Asia international railway project, is in the halfway of construction and will open to traffic at the end of 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)
It looks like the tracks are a bit crooked. It probably isn't a high speed rail line. Interesting...
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #4679
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The tracks are just being laid into place roughly. They are laser aligned afterwards
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Old March 15th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #4680
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CSR Zhuzhou developed light rail train starts commercial service at Izmir, Turkey, marks the first time Chinese train maker breaks into the European market.
http://finance.chinanews.com/cj/2012.../3741113.shtml



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Good news for both countries...
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