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Old May 23rd, 2014, 04:10 PM   #5621
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Not open yet, so he was right.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 02:55 PM   #5622
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Old May 27th, 2014, 04:24 PM   #5623
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Rails into the future: Russia, China chart network integration

SHANGHAI, May 20 (Itar-Tass) - Rail networks of Russia and China will run closer together under major plans to co-ordinate routes, border crossings and infrastructure.

President of state-run monopoly Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin and the general manager of China Railway Corporation, Sheng Guangzu, have charted the future in a strategic co-operation agreement, the Russian operator’s press service said on Tuesday.

Network planners will develop border-crossing points between Russia and China, upgrading infrastructure in these locations to increase traffic capacity and oil the wheels of international transport.

Logistics and technologies will speed container transport by scheduling regular timetable services. Competitive tariffs will be introduced for transit routes between China, Russia and Europe, and new terminal and warehouse complexes built on key routes.

New pricing policy and promotional packages will be developed to generate ticket sales, the parties say.

Last year"s border traffic between Russia and China grew 8 percent to almost 30.5 million tonnes, comprising 27.9 million tonnes of exports and 2.5 million tonnes of imports.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 07:42 PM   #5624
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Last year"s border traffic between Russia and China grew 8 percent to almost 30.5 million tonnes, comprising 27.9 million tonnes of exports and 2.5 million tonnes of imports.
Uh, which of these is direction Russia to China and which is direction China to Russia?
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Old May 28th, 2014, 02:59 AM   #5625
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Last year"s border traffic between Russia and China grew 8 percent to almost 30.5 million tonnes, comprising 27.9 million tonnes of exports and 2.5 million tonnes of imports.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:24 AM   #5626
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Logistics and technologies will speed container transport by scheduling regular timetable services. Competitive tariffs will be introduced for transit routes between China, Russia and Europe, and new terminal and warehouse complexes built on key routes.
That is potentially good news if followed up upon, and not just being a press release of good will.

Transcontinental cargo spends too much time not moving at the borders and internally in Russia, waiting for papers to be filled. Obviously there will be customs and cargo may have to be reloaded, but the cargo manifest should follow the cargo and be processed en route.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:45 PM   #5627
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Uh, which of these is direction Russia to China and which is direction China to Russia?
The press release came from the Russians.
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 12:45 PM   #5628
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The press release came from the Russians.
Russia Today had it:

http://rt.com/business/160144-russia...-first-bridge/
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Old June 12th, 2014, 07:42 PM   #5629
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China's railway passenger traffic up 20.3pct y-o-y in May

BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- China's railway passenger traffic in May rose 20.3 percent year on year to hit 199.74 million riders, marking the biggest single-month increase this year, the latest date from the state-owned China Railway Corporation (CRC) showed.

On May 1, the first day of the three-day Labor Day holiday, the total number of railway passengers hit 10.65 million, setting a new record after the single-day traffic figure reached 10.33 million on the first day of last year's National Day holiday in October.

In May, railway cargo traffic reached 318.31 million tonnes, according to the CRC data.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #5630
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China Exclusive: Climate change thawing Tibet plateau's frozen earth

LHASA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The perennial frozen earth on China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has shrunk by 16 percent over the past three decades as a result of global warming, according to new research results.

The volume of frozen earth on the plateau has decreased from 1.5 million to 1.26 million square km, researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) found after decades of study using remote sensing and satellite monitoring.

The thawing of the frozen earth is an immediate result of global warming, as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, at an average altitude of 4,500 meters, is extremely vulnerable to climate change, said a research paper published by the CAS Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research and seen by Xinhua on Monday.

Meteorological data indicates the average temperature on the plateau has risen by 1.8 degrees Celsius over the past three decades, higher than the national average temperature rise.

The climate change has also caused glacial shrinking on the plateau. Its glaciers have decreased by 8,000 square km, or 15 percent, since 1980.

Satellite data indicated glacial shrinking and thawing of frozen earth had accelerated since the 1990s.

"These are detrimental to the plateau vegetation and will worsen the plateau ecology in the long term," said Jin Huijun, a researcher with CAS Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute.

The melting glaciers have swollen lakes and rivers in the plateau region. Two years ago, Ngawang Zhoima, a herder in Namco Village of Damxung County, was forced to move to a higher altitude after a nearby river swelled and threatened to flood his home.

Though the big thaw may supplement ground water and speed up water circulation in the plateau region, Jin and his colleagues are carrying out further research to evaluate whether water resources are still properly allocated on the plateau.

Meanwhile, scientists and railway workers are striving to keep the thaw from damaging the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest plateau rail link, which opened in 2006.

The railway, about 550 km of which runs on frozen earth, needs particular protection, as when the icy core of the earth melts, the roadbed may subside.

Thanks to effective maintenance, the railway company said recently that 99.5 percent of the frozen earth under the tracks was "solid and perfectly safe," which meant the subsidence was way below a tolerable 50 mm proposed by the designers.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 12:29 PM   #5631
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UK and China sign railway co-operation memorandum of understanding
17 Jun 2014



UK: The UK and Chinese governments signed a bilateral agreement for their rail industries to work together 'to boost economic growth, jobs and skills' during an official visit to Britain by China's Premier Li Keqiang on June 17.

The Department for Transport said the agreement would pave the way for closer co-operation in areas such as:
  • new-build and upgrading infrastructure projects;
  • the supply of products and services to third markets;
  • research and development collaboration;
  • station design;
  • equipment supply;
  • safety and evaluation;
  • energy saving and environmental protection.
'I can see great mutual benefit to be gained from increased co-operation between the UK and China on rail', said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. 'The railways are a massive success story in both countries and we can boast world class expertise across the sector.'

DfT said the UK 'is open to international investment and welcomes suitable qualified companies from other countries, including China, to bid for projects in accordance with international and domestic procurement practices and laws'. The agreement states that contracts won in the UK 'should utilise and build upon the UK supply chain'. The UK also expects to see greater emphasis on access to the Chinese market for UK companies.

'The success stories of the future will be economies that invest in infrastructure and welcome overseas involvement and we want this partnership to be a win-win situation creating economic growth and jobs here and abroad, including in China', said McLoughlin.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 12:04 AM   #5632
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Video trip report of the infamous Sleeper Train T66 between Nanjing and Beijing.
High-speed trains cover the distance between both cities in 3 hours and 39 minutes.
T66 takes 11 hours and 19 minutes for 1162 kilometers.
Soft Sleeper fares start from 399 RMB (or 148 RMB in Hard Seat). Thats below the seat fare of 444 RMB for a G high speed train.

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Old June 23rd, 2014, 12:23 AM   #5633
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What's so infamous about it? The average speed by your numbers is pretty good (ca 100 km/h). Might even be faster than one can drive the same distance...
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:15 AM   #5634
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What's so infamous about it? The average speed by your numbers is pretty good (ca 100 km/h). Might even be faster than one can drive the same distance...
"Infamous" means "very famous"... so it is a good thing
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:30 AM   #5635
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"Infamous" means "very famous"... so it is a good thing
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2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed
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Old June 24th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #5636
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:12 PM   #5637
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T66 looks pretty comfortable, it'd be even better if hard sleeper compartments get sliding doors too, or even a curtain.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #5638
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Video trip report of the infamous Sleeper Train T66 between Nanjing and Beijing.
High-speed trains cover the distance between both cities in 3 hours and 39 minutes.
T66 takes 11 hours and 19 minutes for 1162 kilometers.
Soft Sleeper fares start from 399 RMB (or 148 RMB in Hard Seat). Thats below the seat fare of 444 RMB for a G high speed train.

Great video, I like how the train just rolls through Beijing South, all videos I've seen start or stop at that station. Very cool.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #5639
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China-Turkey high-speed railway

New Silk Road

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The 6,000-km link will start in Xinjiang and pass through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey to Bulgaria, said Zhao Xiaogang, former chairman of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co (CSR), a leading Chinese industrial manufacturer and exporter.

Zhao is also an adviser to the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy.

Passenger train speeds will reach 200 kph and freight trains 160 kph, Zhao told the daily.

Investment in the line will be about $150 billion, Zhao said, adding that it could be largely finished in 2020 and fully completed by 2030.

"It can be regarded as a new Silk Road," he said.

The pace of railway construction in Xinjiang has increased significantly since September, when Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the idea of a Silk Road economic belt. He proposed reviving the ancient trade route connecting China, Central Asia and Europe.

Zhao also said China is considering a 3,000-km line from Yunnan province that would pass through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia to Singapore.

Total investment would be about $75 billion and the project would boost the GDP of China and related countries by $375 billion. The project could be largely finished in 2020 and fully completed in 2025, he said.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mor...&NewsCatID=359

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