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Old July 21st, 2014, 12:25 PM   #5641
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Survivors from Yunnan tunnel collapse "in good condition"

[InKunming--Yunnan] Fourteen workers rescued from a collapsed tunnel early Sunday are "in pretty good condition", said their doctors in the southwestern province of Yunnan.
The workers were saved at around 3 a.m., after being trapped for 131 hours in the debris of a collapsed railway tunnel in Funing County.
A thorough checkup showed they were in pretty good condition, said Zhang Jinlong, vice president of the People's Hospital in Funing County.
"Four of them had low potassium, as a result of unbalanced diet and particularly lack of vegetables," said Zhang. "They will recuperate soon after a few days of normal diet."
Xinhua reporters saw the workers were either sleeping or playing with cell phones in their hospital beds. Some were chatting with friends.
Zhang said they would spend Sunday night in hospital and if all was well, they were expected to be discharged Monday morning.
About 20 meters of a 13.5-km tunnel, known as Funing No. 1 tunnel, collapsed at 4 p.m. Monday, in Funing County of Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, trapping 15 workers. More than 400 rescuers were mobilized to save the trapped men.
Rescuers drilled a hole in the collapsed tunnel Tuesday and managed to send food, water and flashlights to the workers.
Rescue work continued Sunday for the last missing worker.
The tunnel was on a pivotal railway linking Yunnan with south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 10:30 AM   #5642
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Lhasa-Shigatse Railway will open soon

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Old July 24th, 2014, 07:09 AM   #5643
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Lijiang-Shangrila Railway starts construction

[InKunming--Yunnan] The Lijiang-Shangrila Railway, an important part of the Yunnan-Tibet Railway and railway network in west China, started construction on July 22.
The Yunnan-Tibet Railway, the second railway to enter Tibet, is a sky-road connecting Tibet with other regions of China. It represents the Central Government's concern for ethnic minorities.
"The local government and the construction organization should cooperate and finish construction with high quality and efficiency," said Li Jiheng, governor of Yunnan province.
Ding Shaoxiang, Yunnan province's vice-governor, said that the construction of Lijiang-Shangrila Railway had carried the dreams of the people of Yunnan.
"I hope that the construction can be finished safely and efficiently," Ding added.
The Lijiang-Shangrila Railway runs 139.66km from Lijiang to Shangrila with an investment of 10.37 billion yuan ($1.67billion). The construction is expected to finish within six years. The Lijiang-Shangrila Railway will play an important role in improving the transportation in northwest regions of Yunnan.
More importantly, the railway will extend to the north and connect with the railway lines of Lhasa to make up the Yunnan-Tibet Railway.

By : China Daily | Published: 2014-July-23
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Old July 24th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #5644
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China plans to extend Tibet railway to Nepal, India and Bhutan. Here is the link.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/china-exten...orders-1458091
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #5645
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Courier services delivering boost to rail sector
1 August 2014
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The first special trains for e-commerce freight delivery services between Shanghai and Beijing will start running on Friday, marking the initial step of opening up rail services to commercial clients, China Railway Corp said Thursday.

CRC has reached an initial agreement with courier service providers and postal services authorities that the fast trains for e-commerce freight delivery may extend to the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Rim, according to the 21st Century Business Herald.

The report also said that SF Express, one of China's largest courier services, contracted the first fast freight delivery train between Beijing and Shanghai.

SF Express confirmed the information on Thursday, saying that the company intends to take advantage of rail deliveries in the future.

Other e-commerce platforms and courier services also are in negotiations with CRC to contract trains for parcel delivery, according to CRC.

Market insiders said the launch of the services will benefit multiple parties involved in commercial shipping, as rail delivery is faster than road transportation and much cheaper than cargo shipping.

"Current air freight from Shanghai to Beijing may cost more than 0.8 yuan (13 cents) per kilometer, while train freight is under 0.4 yuan per kilometer. Intercity freight by train may be both cost-saving and time-saving," said Huang Zhijun, a freight agent in Shanghai.

According to Shi Jianjun, manager with Shanghai Yuntong Shipping Consultancy Service Ltd, railroad freight may be attractive to shipping service providers for several reasons.

"Train freight is stable and safe, and a train's capacity is much larger than a vehicle for road transportation or a cargo plane," Shi said.

But for long-term cooperation and smooth operations, railway services must improve current warehousing and their flow management. Developing solutions to meet courier services' needs is needed, including adjusting to their schedules and linking up railway and couriers' outlets, said Shi.

Launch of the service may also help railroads to generate more revenue and turn around the slumping performance of commercial shipping.

According to a report by CRC, in the first half of 2014, combined parcel delivery volume by rail in China totaled 770,000 metric tons, a 23.4 percent year-on-year drop.

As commodity freight has been dropping over the past few months, CRC has been working to develop potential capacities for parcel freight, the CRC report said.

CRC launched special fast-train freight delivery in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, transporting milk and construction materials to other parts of the country, according to railway authorities.

More fast trains for e-commerce and courier clients running between Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will be launched by the end of August, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.
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Old August 10th, 2014, 02:54 PM   #5646
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Found this document (in English) about the new Harbin-Jiamusi railway: http://www-wds.worldbank.org/externa...B00PUBLIC0.pdf

Jiamusi is located on the Russian border. Key facts: 343 km vs 507 for the current alignment, less than 2 h travel time for express trains (I assume 200 km/h line standard) vs 7 h currently, mixed passenger and freight traffic, 12 new stations to be constructed and about half of the line will consist of tunnels or bridges.

As I understand construction is just about to start.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 05:02 AM   #5647
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Lhasa-Xingatse Railway opens

Length: 251km
Speed: 120km/h
Cargo: annual 8.3 mln tons
Construction: 2011.1 ~ 2014.8


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Old August 15th, 2014, 08:34 AM   #5648
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Lhasa-Xingatse Railway opens

Length: 251km
Speed: 120km/h
What is the trip time:
fastest?
with all stops (how many?)
How many trains serve the route daily, and how many of them go on to Xining or beyond?
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Old August 15th, 2014, 08:51 AM   #5649
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What is the trip time:
fastest?
with all stops (how many?)
How many trains serve the route daily, and how many of them go on to Xining or beyond?
2 hous 57 minutes is the fastest travel time; 6 stops total;

At this moment there's only K9821/K9822 reaching Xingatse from Lhasa.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 12:05 AM   #5650
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Apparently, the new line in Tibet cost 13.28 billion yuan.

In the long term, I think there may be a line that will cover whole south-west region of China from Urumqi to Kashgar from there to Pakistan border and from there to Xingatse.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #5651
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Tibet's second railway line opens

LHASA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A second railway line in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest, was officially put into use on Friday.

The 251-km railway line links the regional capital Lhasa and Xigaze, the second-largest city in the region. It reduces the travel time from the current four hours by highway to around two hours.

Tickets for the new line went on sale Friday. The first passenger train is scheduled to leave Lhasa for Xigaze at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Construction of the railway started in 2010 with an investment of 13.28 billion yuan (2.16 billion U.S. dollars). Due to complicated geological conditions, numerous bridges and tunnels and hefty investment in environmental protection, the cost of the railway exceeded 50,000 yuan per meter on average, making it the most expensive in China's history.

"The railway will make transportation of our goods more convenient and reduce the transport costs a lot, compared with highways," said Jampa Daintar, general manager of a Tibetan foodstuff company in Xigaze, which produces traditional barley liquor and other food products.

The new railway brings the total length of operating railways in Tibet to 802 km.

Zhang Lizhong, deputy head of the Lhasa-Xigaze railway construction headquarters, said the rail route design has attempted to bypass a state-level black-necked crane nature reserve in the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangpo River and a water source protection area in Qushui County.

To lessen the impact on the migration of wild animals, viaducts were built on major sections of the route, said Zhang.

The Lhasa-Xigaze railway represents a new stage in Chinese rail construction, said Xu Hongchun, the railway's chief designer.

It demonstrates that China has gained mature technologies for high plateau construction, he said.

The Lhasa-Xigaze railway passes through harsh terrain, including Nagqu, Damxung and Nyemo, all active regions with high-temperature geothermal springs in southern Tibet.

Its route also extends through the 60-km-long Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon region, which has multiple hot or thermal springs ranging from 40 to 90 degrees Celsius.

"Drilling into the hot rocks, rail workers had difficulty breathing due to oxygen deficiency," said Xu.

The Lhasa-Xigaze railway, which lies in alpine valleys along the Yarlung Zangbo River, showcases China's modern railway bridge and tunnel-building technology.

Its 116 bridges and 29 tunnels account for 46 percent of the total length of the railway.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which began service in 2006, has greatly boosted Tibet's tourism and other sectors.

Tourist arrivals in Tibet reached 12.9 million last year from 1.8 million in 2005. Tourism revenue increased from 1.94 billion yuan to 16.5 billion yuan during the period.

Tonzhub, a hotel owner in Lnaze County, Xigaze, says he plans to renovate and expand the hotel.

"More tourists will come here with the new railway in operation," says Tonzhub.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #5652
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Lhasa-Shigatse Railway opens

Length: 253 km
Speed: 120 km/h
Elevation :3600~4000m
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Old August 24th, 2014, 06:38 AM   #5653
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Chinese Premier stresses social funds in railway construction

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has encouraged the China Railway Corporation (CRC) to further emancipate the mind and seek more social capital, the central government's website reported on Sunday.

"Railway construction invested solely by the government and promoted by administrative orders will not work any more," said the premier during an inspection tour to the CRC on Friday.

Li said innovations in investment and financing are key to reform in the railway sector. He asked the CRC to explore ways of better soliciting non-governmental funds and gather experience for other state-owned enterprises.

"Railway development is multifunctional as it can stabilize economic growth, enhance social harmony and push forward urbanization," said the premier.

China spent a lot on railways in recent years and attached great importance to reforming railway investment and financing mechanism since the CRC's inception in March 2013.

The State Council, the cabinet, released an action plan to deepen reform in railway investment and financing in April after an executive meeting chaired by Li.

According to the plan, a railway development fund will be set up and open to social investment. The fund's value is expected to reach up to 300 billion yuan (48.6 billion U.S. dollars).

In addition, 150 billion yuan of railway bonds will be issued this year. The government will also encourage banks to fund railway construction.

Rail links in central and western regions will be prioritized to expand investment, boost related sectors, and help urbanization, noted the plan.

Shortly after the cabinet meeting, the CRC raised railway investment target for 2014 to 800 billion yuan and aimed to put over 6,600 kilometers of new lines into operation, mostly in the central and western regions.
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Tibet's second railway line opens

LHASA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A second railway line in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest, was officially put into use on Friday.
I traveled this new railway on August 22 and 23: from Lhasa to Shigatse by train K9821, from Shigatse to Qushui by road, and from Qushui County to Lhasa by train K9822. Here are some pictures:

Lhasa Railway Station


In Front of Lhasa Station


Ticket Office in Lhasa Station


Platform 1 in Lhasa Station


Dining Car of Train K9821


Motorway From Lhasa City to Airport


View From the Window


Xierong Railway Station, 3604 Meters Above Sea Level


Inside the Train


River Yarlung Tsangpo, Known As Brahmaputra in India


Near Renbu Railway Station


The Railway Line Crosses Yarlung Tsangpo Multiple Times


Scenary Near Shigatse


On the Platform in Shigatse Railway Station


Shigatse Station


Shigatse is the Second Largest City in Tibet


Tashilhunpo Monastery, Seat of Panchen Lamas








Shigatse Skyline


August 23, Road Trip Shigatse to Qushui, View of Yamdrok Lake, 4441 Meters Above Sea Level










Qushui Railway Station












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Old August 25th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #5656
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I traveled this new railway on August 22 and 23: from Lhasa to Shigatse by train K9821, from Shigatse to Qushui by road, and from Qushui County to Lhasa by train K9822. Here are some pictures:

Lhasa Railway Station


In Front of Lhasa Station


Ticket Office in Lhasa Station


Platform 1 in Lhasa Station


Dining Car of Train K9821


Motorway From Lhasa City to Airport


View From the Window


Xierong Railway Station, 3604 Meters Above Sea Level


Inside the Train


River Yarlung Tsangpo, Known As Brahmaputra in India


Near Renbu Railway Station


The Railway Line Crosses Yarlung Tsangpo Multiple Times


Scenary Near Shigatse


On the Platform in Shigatse Railway Station


Shigatse Station


Shigatse is the Second Largest City in Tibet


Tashilhunpo Monastery, Seat of Panchen Lamas








Shigatse Skyline


August 23, Road Trip Shigatse to Qushui, View of Yamdrok Lake, 4441 Meters Above Sea Level










Qushui Railway Station














Wow im impressed. Think countries in South Asia need to learn alot from China and other east asian countries like south Korea,Taiwan etc. Since i have been to both regions and most say south Asia lags far far behind in all fields. Dont know why really.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 05:08 AM   #5657
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WOW great photos.

one question: does K9821 (Lhasa-Xingatse) go to Lanzhou and Xining as well? I saw Xining and Lanzhou from the sign in this photo.

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Old August 26th, 2014, 08:23 AM   #5658
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very beautiful.I like the Qushui railway station.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #5659
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WOW great photos.

one question: does K9821 (Lhasa-Xingatse) go to Lanzhou and Xining as well? I saw Xining and Lanzhou from the sign in this photo.
This trainset goes to Xining under train number K9811.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #5660
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to tell the cargo and passenger locomotive,the best way is to look at the face of locomotives.the two red things in the face is the socket to supply power,with a output DC600V,BUT cargo ones do not have these things.
And cargo locomotives do not need to run at 160 km/h (~100 mph)

But this locomotive can also used for (light) cargo trains.
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