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Old July 23rd, 2012, 06:42 PM   #4861
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New track laid to link Xinjiang's Lop Nur

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A new track has been laid to link a major potash production base in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region with the country's railway network, creating a pathway for transporting the area's undeveloped natural resources, officials said.

The 374-kilometer line, which was finished on Sunday, will link Luozhong station in Lop Nur with Hami prefecture in eastern Xinjiang and will have an annual capacity of 30 million tons of cargo.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($470 million), the line was a joint project of the Ministry of Railways, the regional government and the State Development and Investment Corp. It took two years to build and will open at the end of October.

"The area along the railway is rich in natural resources, especially leopoldite, to produce potash fertilizer, as well as coal and nonferrous metals such as copper and gold," Turghun Abdulla, deputy Party secretary of Lopnurpo township, was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.

Lop Nur, which was once a large salt lake but is now largely dried up on the east edge of Tarim Basin, holds most of the country's potash salt reserves. It once nurtured the kingdom of Loulan, an ancient civilization along the Silk Road, but gradually became a wild desert region with no human settlement. It was selected as a place for nuclear tests by China in the 1960s.

Li Songyan, deputy chief engineer of the project, told Xinhua that the railway construction was extremely difficult because the weather was harsh and the track had to be laid on a salt-rock base easily eroded by rainfall.

China is the world's largest consumer of potash, which is widely used as fertilizer. The country has relied on other countries to meet market demand, with 70 percent of the resources used being imported.

In 2011, the country produced 4.7 million tons of potash fertilizers but imported 3.78 million tons to meet domestic demand, according to a Xinhua report, citing data from a fertilizer industry association.

Lop Nur, located in the country's remote and underdeveloped northwest region, has a proven reserve of about 500 million tons of potash salt.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 05:35 AM   #4862
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Old July 27th, 2012, 06:05 AM   #4863
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China's railways daily travel hits 6 million
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Thats surprisingly low . Indian railways for example carries 30 million every day. So rail travel is not that popular in china then.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 09:00 AM   #4864
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It's not so surprising. In most Chinese major cities traffic is handled by city metro, not railways, i.e. Beijing or Shanghai's metro system carries up to 7 ~ 8 million trips per day.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #4865
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That's probably be a mistake in the article.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #4866
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The bulk of Indian railway passenger figures come from daily riders on suburban commuter trains, which is served by light rail and metro in China and not count towards the railway passenger count.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 05:44 PM   #4867
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Firstly, Indian railways carries 20 million not 30 million per day.
http://www.680news.com/news/world/article/387350--fire-on-overnight-train-kills-32-in-southern-india-dozens-burned
Secondly, India's figure is essentially the ridership of the entire country's urban, suburban, regional and intercity train network. Due to the small size and low number of metro systems in India the ridership of Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata metros are pretty insignificant; so its pretty much safe to say as long as its a passenger train in India its ridership counts. The Delhi Metro is big but it still "only carries" ~2 million daily, meanwhile the Mumbai Suburban Railway alone carries about 7.5 million per day. That's almost 1/2 of the total in only one commuter rail network, which lines up with the transport in Mumbai wikipage. Not to mention Delhi's, Kolkata's, Chennai's and a bunch of other smaller suburban systems haven't been added to the mix yet. China's situation only counts intercity as regional rail is almost non-existent though that's changing. The daily ridership of China's 5 biggest metros (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong) is already way over 20 million and some sizeable networks (Chongqing, Nanjing, Tianjin, etc.) and many starter networks haven't even been counted yet.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 11:57 PM   #4868
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In addition Chinese trains only allow a certain number of standing tickets to be sold (other than during Chunyun), whereas in India, well, you get the picture.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 09:13 AM   #4869
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Not too sure if this is regular rail or HSR :







A rail laying machine works at the rebuilding site of Liuzhou-Yongzhou section of Xianggui railway line in Liuzhou, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 30, 2012. The Liuzhou-Yongzhou section is the only route for trains to inland provinces and cities from Guangxi. The 350.7-kilometer-long rebuilding rail route is expected to be put into operation in 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Cunli)



Workers carry rail laying equipments at the rebuilding site of Liuzhou-Yongzhou section of Xianggui railway line in Liuzhou, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 30, 2012. The Liuzhou-Yongzhou section is the only route for trains to inland provinces and cities from Guangxi. The 350.7-kilometer-long rebuilding rail route is expected to be put into operation in 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Cunli)
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Old August 4th, 2012, 12:49 AM   #4870
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Xianggui Railway is a conventional railway that is in the process of being rebuilt to high and sub high speed standards. From Hengyang to Guilin (356km) it's 200km/h with the potential to upgrade further to 250km/h, Guilin to Liuzhou (182km) is 250km/h, Liuzhou to Nanning (255km)is a new 250km/h PDL.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #4871
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Typhoon Damrey caused heavy rain and major flooding at Shanhaiguan Station.


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Old August 6th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #4872
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I hope the waters didn't do too much damage and receded quickly.

hkskyline those track laying pictures look really cool.

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Xianggui Railway is a conventional railway that is in the process of being rebuilt to high and sub high speed standards. From Hengyang to Guilin (356km) it's 200km/h with the potential to upgrade further to 250km/h, Guilin to Liuzhou (182km) is 250km/h, Liuzhou to Nanning (255km)is a new 250km/h PDL.
Thanks for the explanation, you answered all my questions about this line! Looks like we'll see some CRH1 or CHR6 trains going up and down this line. Guilin is a very nice city, love the mountains especially down by Yangshuo.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #4873
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Old August 8th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #4874
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Old August 15th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #4876
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China finishes railway linking ASEAN

TONGHAI, Yunnan -- Construction workers on Tuesday laid the last piece of a railway that will link southwest China's Yunnan province with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

The Yuxi-Mengzi Railway has a total length of 141 km with a designed maximum speed of 120 km per hour. It passes through 35 tunnels and crosses 61 bridges, which together account for 54.95 percent of the line's total length.

The railway is part of the eastern line of the planned Pan-Asia Railway network, an international railway project that will also consist of central and western lines.

Funded by the Ministry of Railways and the Yunnan government, the railway has a total investment of 4.5 billion yuan (709.78 million U.S. dollars).

The railway is expected to become operational later this year and will boost land transportation between China and ASEAN countries.

The eastern route is designed to start in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, and pass through the cities of Yuxi, Mengzi and Hekou in Yunnan to connect with Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Singapore.

Construction in Yunnan of the eastern line's last section, which will link Mengzi with the border city of Hekou, is going to plan, likely enabling the Sino-Vietnam railway to become operational first in the Pan-Asia Railway network, said a local railway official.

The new line will be a much more modern replacement to the 100-year-old line that links Kunming with Haiphone of Vietnam, the first transnational railway in southwest China, said Han Zhongping, deputy director of the Kunming railway bureau.

The 854-km Kunming-Haiphone line has a designed maximum speed of only 30 km per hour. It is the world's longest "narrow" line -- one meter wide, compared to the standard 1.435 meters wide.
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Does anybody know what it is done with DJG2 research locomotive for 200 km/h?
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Railway facilitates lives in Tibet

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (China Daily) -- The Qinghai-Tibet Railway has passed safety and environmental tests and brought economic prosperity to formerly inaccessible Tibetan areas.

Around 550 kilometers of the 1,956-km railway on the world's highest plateau is laid on permafrost. Linking Xining, capital of Qinghai province, and Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, it has transported more than 52 million people and 240 million metric tons of goods since it became fully operational in July 2006.

In 2011, Tibet received 8.6 million tourists, up from 1.8 million visitors in 2005. Tibet's tourism industry generated 9.7 billion yuan ($1.53 billion) in revenue in 2011, five times the amount in 2005.

Qinghai attracted 60 million tourists, bringing revenue of 35 billion yuan, in the past six years.

Tibetan nomads and farmers are benefiting from businesses such as home inns, restaurants and tour guide services. More than 236,000 people work for the tourism industry in 1,363 companies in Tibet.

Pasang Dondrub, a Lhasa resident, makes a living by accompanying tourists during their tours of Tibet. His business has boomed because of the increasing number of tourists brought by the railway.

He earned 60,000 yuan from May to October 2011, three times his yearly income before 2006. With 20 years' experience, he is frequently recommended to new clients, and sometimes the number of calls is overwhelming.

His nephews, Purbunamgyl, Dradul and Gunganamgyl, have joined the car rental business and each earned about 50,000 yuan during the six-month peak season last year.

They often pick up guests at Lhasa Railway Station. "Each time I see a train arriving, I tell myself the railway has brought me friends from across the country and a good income," Pasang Dondrub said.

Purbu Dondrub, head of Liuwu village, which is separated from Lhasa by a river, said villagers used to take ferries or climb mountains to go to the city. Now the village is included in the new Liuwu district where Lhasa Railway Station is located. Participating in the construction of both the station and the new district, Purbu Dondrub said his household income has jumped to 50,000 yuan from 2,000 yuan before 2006.

The railway also facilitates communication and exchange of goods between Tibet and other parts of China. Specialty goods, such as barley wine, mineral water and yak meat, as well as Tibetan medicine, incense and carpets, are popular outside the region.

"The railway ended the era of supply shortages in Tibet," said Liang Chunming, a solar power businessman in Tibet.

Liang, from Xi'an, Shaanxi province, used to worry about shipping goods to Tibet. Without the railway line, shipment could only be done on a small scale and took a long time.

Since the railway was completed, transportation costs and the damage rate have been reduced and the sales volume significantly increased, allowing his business to continue to boom, he said.

Geleg, 23, from Lhasa's rural suburbs, is a third-year student at the University of Science and Technology Beijing. After a summer vacation at home, he took the train back to school on Aug 13, a 42-hour trip costing 180 yuan at the student discount rate.

Ten years ago, it took him more than four days when he traveled to study in East China's Zhejiang province. His father drove a truck and dropped him off in Lhasa, where he took a bus to the airport and flew to Chengdu, Sichuan province. He then traveled by train to Zhejiang province.

For years, he did not go back home during the winter and summer vacations because he could not afford such trips.

"The Qinghai-Tibet Railway has greatly helped students like me," Geleg said.

During the construction of the railway, planners and construction companies worked hard to protect the plateau's fragile ecology, biodiversity and rich ethnic traditions.

To ensure the normal migration of wild animals, 33 special passages were built along the railway. All passenger trains leaving or entering Tibet are equipped with an advanced system to collect waste and sewage to prevent pollution.
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Does anybody know what it is done with DJG2 research locomotive for 200 km/h?
It's nice that there are people still remember that oddball, the DJG2 electric AC high speed loco was a private venture by Datong, it's purpose is still debatable but was along the line of providing quasi high speed passenger service on non-CRH lines. Obvious none of the passenger carriages (such as 25T) can get to 200km/h (DJG2's operating speed), so new cars need to be developed as well. I believe the effort has been terminated and the prototype is now retired as HXD1D is selected as the primary future passenger loco by MOR. The gap between 160km/h and 200km/h is now being filled with CRH6.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #4880
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Thank you hmmwv.
Two HXD1d can be seen:
  1. Windscreen in one part, #unknown.
  2. Windscreen in two parts with central pillar, #0001.
Is one yet selected for serial production?

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