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Old April 28th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #741
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terrible news. sorry for the lost ones.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #742
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Speeding blamed for deadly train collision
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Updated: 2008-04-29 11:55


ZHOUCUN, Shandong -- Overspeeding was responsible for Monday's deadly train collision in east China that killed 70 and injured 416 others, the investigation panel set up by the State Council said Tuesday.

A high-speed train from Beijing to Qingdao, coded T195, veered off the rails in the city of Zibo at about 4:40 a.m. on Monday. The derailed coaches smashed into another train, coded 5034, which was coming in the opposite direction along an adjacent line.

Investigators had said Monday that T195 was traveling at 131 kilometers per hour before the accident, far over the section's speed limit of 80 kilometers per hour.

Two top officials of the Jinan Railway Bureau, bureau director Chen Gong and Communist Party chief Chai Tiemin, were sacked just hours after the accident. They face investigations by the Ministry of Railways.

So far, the identities of 26 people killed in the fatal train collision on Monday morning in east China's Shandong Province which left 70 dead and 416 injured have been confirmed.
The victims, 16 male and 10 female whose names can be found on the portal website of Sina.com, are mostly locals or from north and northeast China, including at least two Beijing residents.

Among the victims, two are college students studying in Beijing -- 25-year-old Wang Tingting at the University of International Business and Economics and 23-year-old Huang Hao at the Renmin University of China. The 47-year-old Zheng Changling was identified as the policeman on duty on the train and 42-year-old Zhao Jingwei a reporter with the local Zibo Television Station.

Eight wounded passengers are also listed on the website, with their injuries specified.
Sources at a meeting of the State Council investigation panel said the panel, headed by Wang Jun, director of the State Administration of Work Safety, was set up Tuesday morning in Zibo City, Shandong.

"All the injured have been hospitalized and the dead have been transferred to local funeral homes," said Wang at the meeting.

"The accident site has been cleaned up and the stranded passengers evacuated," he added.


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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #743
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Say no to the 2008 Beijing Olympics!

When Liu Zhixiang (the railway minister Liu Zhijun's brother) was given a suspended death sentence in April for a long list of crimes that included hiring an assassin, bribery and embezzling some 40 million yuan (5 million U.S. dollars), it sparked indignant letters of protest from ordinary people and legal scholars alike.

"We shouldn't let off some corrupt officials and punish others," argued legal scholar Yan Lieshan in the China Economic Times. "Corrupt officials' lives should be spared only if the capital punishment is negated for all economic crimes. The current practice of punishing some with death while sparing others harms the public's trust in justice."

The railway minister,Liu Zhijun has married five times,yes in self-claimed commie China. His brother is a gangleader who was given a suspended death sentence in April 2006.

But he cringes before HU JINTAO,so he is safe.


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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:23 PM   #745
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The driver in this case is not to blame like most would assume. Train operators operate according to their ATP, it seems that the monitor/control people either entered the wrong speed limit, or forgot to enter a speed limit. It also might be a maintinance problem, the ATP could've been malfunctioning.

This is why the party chief and director were sacked.

The driver was just a poor guy who was on the wrong shift. He probably had no idea that he was in a 80km/h zone.
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I don't think we know enough of the facts to lay blame. Perhaps it's not the driver, or a combination of a lot of things including the driver.

But then, train accidents are quite rare in China lately.
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 08:38 AM   #747
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China rail accident linked to Olympic construction: official

ZIBO, China, April 30, 2008 (AFP) - A new railway line being built as part of an upgrade ahead of the Beijing Olympics was a factor in a train crash that left 71 people dead in east China, officials and state press said Wednesday.

The pre-dawn crash near Zibo city on Monday, which also left more than 400 people injured, was the most severe in China in more than 10 years.

Authorities blamed the accident in Shandong province on the excessive speed of a train from Beijing to Qingdao city -- site of the Olympic sailing competition -- which derailed and slammed into an oncoming train.

According to Zhang Mingqi, vice-head of a cabinet-level team investigating the accident, orders had gone out to drivers to reduce speed on the section of the track where the accident occurred because of construction on the line.

At the site of the crash, workers had dug a more than 20-metre-deep (66-foot-deep) hole to be used as the foundation as they link up another railway line from the Shandong capital of Jinan, local officials said.

"This is part of the Jinan-Qingdao line which is being built for the Olympic Games," Zibo city spokesman Li Chenggang told AFP at the site of the crash.

"The line is expected to be completed before the Olympic Games and will make travel between Jinan and Qingdao much faster."

Last week, the Jinan Railway Bureau in Shandong printed an order to reduce train speeds on the section of the line under construction to 80 kilometres (48 miles) an hour, Zhang said.

The train was travelling 131 kilometres an hour when it derailed as it rounded a curve near the construction site.

Orders to reduce speed were not properly transmitted to train drivers, the Beijing News said.

"After this order was issued, no one confirmed that it had been received by the concerned work units," the paper said.

Workers on the project, many of whom had assisted in pulling out injured and dead passengers from the wreck, refused to comment on whether their construction work contributed to the tragedy.

But Wang Jun, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said that authorities were also investigating whether the construction work had destabilised the existing track.

"In this investigation we need to clearly grasp factors in several areas -- the first is the foundation of the track, whether or not it is stable," the official Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying.

Three top officials of the Jinan Railway Bureau have already been sacked in the aftermath of the accident.

Chinese authorities have scrambled to deal with the fall-out from the wreck, with 19 hospitals in Zibo working overtime to treat the injured.

"The work carried out by Zibo city has gone smoothly," Liu Xinsheng, vice-secretary of the Communist Party in Zibo, told reporters Tuesday.

"Now we face the very hard and difficult task of taking care of all those who have been injured."

Of the 416 people injured, the vast majority remained in hospital Wednesday, with only 39 discharged so far.

Train service on the line resumed on Tuesday.

The accident was the second rail tragedy in Shandong province this year. In January, a high-speed train ploughed into a group of railway workers, killing 18 people.

However China's railways are generally regarded as relatively safe, if not always comfortable, and they are a primary source of travel for the nation's 1.3 billion people.

Travelling by train is seen as much safer than by road, with 81,000 people losing their lives in traffic accidents last year, an average of around 223 a day, according to China's state-run press.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #748
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Chinese railways carried 21.19 mln passengers during shortened May Day holiday
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Old May 6th, 2008, 12:04 PM   #749
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UBS: Railway annual investment gap 200b yuan in 3 years
By Tu Lei (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2008-05-06 13:45



The railway sector will see an annual investment gap of 200 billion yuan ($28.60 billion) in three years, said UBS Securities yesterday in Shanghai, according to yesterday’s China Securities Journal.

Wei Qiang, vice-director of UBS Securities, said the railways need 1.25 trillion yuan in capital over the five years between 2006 and 2010, but capital expenditures will exceed 300 billion yuan annually over the next three years, resulting in an investment gap of 200 billion yuan for the period.
Compared with other industries including power, telecommunications and banks, the railway sector is still in its initial phase with more reconstruction pressure, said UBS’s research report.

Wei said the Ministry of Railways will inject more capital in three listed companies – Daqin Railways, Guangshen Railways and Tielong Container Logistics, and attract more commercial capital, including private capital.

“It is impossible to issue bonds or loans to fill the gap,” said Wei, explaining that in 2006, the Ministry of Railways’ capital and interest repayments totalled 56 billion yuan, far higher than the profit of 3.2 billion yuan.

Figures show that in 2006, transportation profits totalled about three billion yuan, with total assets of 1,520 billion yuan and an assets to debt ratio of 80 percent.

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Old May 11th, 2008, 08:42 AM   #750
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青藏铁路二线工程已完成投资15亿 有望2012年全线开通
记者自青藏铁路公司获悉,青藏铁路西格段增建二线工程进展顺利,目前已完成投资15亿元人民币,超额完成计划建设任务,全部工程有望于2012年完成电气化改造,实现全线开通。

  青藏铁路西格段增建二线工程(以下简称“西格二线”)东起青海省省会西宁市,向西途径青海湖北岸,横穿柴达木盆地,跨越著名的万丈盐桥后到达格尔木市。



贯穿了西宁和柴达木盆地这两个青海经济发展的重点地区,建成后,将成为青海经济发展的“主动脉”。

  据青藏铁路公司有关负责人介绍,西格二线全长290.69公里,总工期60个月,工程总投资106亿元人民币。截至4月底,已完成投资逾15亿元,为设计的14.15%。

  据悉,巴燕峡3号隧道已顺利贯通,全长2419米的湟源响河隧道已掘进500多米。全长32.6公里的控制性工程关角隧道,是目前国内在建的海拔最高、最长的高原隧道,施工难度海内外罕见。青藏铁路起点——西宁站的站改工程也已顺利完成。

  青藏铁路从青海省首府西宁市至西藏首府拉萨市,全长1956公里,是当今世界海拔最高、最长的高原铁路,自2006年7月1日全线开通运营以来,共运送旅客265万多人次,其中进藏旅客约130万人次,通过青藏铁路运进西藏的物资140多万吨。(吕雪莉 骆晓飞) (来源:新华网)
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Old May 12th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #751
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China - Papering over the cracks
12 May 2008
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The penetration of consumer goods manufacturers into the Chinese hinterland, in search of lower labour, land and development costs, is likely to be hindered by an exponential increase in logistics costs. Not only is inland infrastructure substandard in comparison with that in China's coastal regions, but the capacity of logistics operators is far less, especially in the key haulage market.

Domestic cargo transportation last year in China saw rail take a 15% market share, inland waterways 12%, pipelines 2% and road the remaining 71%.

The lack of pipelines to transport more fuel is, according to Pilar Dieters, director of supply chain specialist Alaris Consulting, taking up valuable rail transport capacity.

"Bottlenecks on the rail system can be up to 30 days, because government cargo, such as fuel supplies, takes precedence over private goods." As a result, any shortfall in capacity has to be taken up by the country's overburdened haulage sector, which continues to suffer from serious inefficiencies, the worst of which are the result of China's unreformed bureaucracy, "Intraprovince transport in China is excessively expensive and amounts to around 20% of GDP, " she says, "Not only do they have to contend with tolls that incur extra costs and transit time, but they are also commonly hit by permit problems, which means that a truck may well be unable to drive in a neighbouring province. So, they have to unload the goods off one truck and re-load on to another truck – assuming they have one available."

It is an astonishing fact that 70% of the world's road tolls are in China, and Dieter adds that an undercover auditing group, sent out by Beijing to study road freight bottlenecks, reported that many tolls are illegal.

However, the problems are not purely geographic. China's breakneck growth has been unbalanced and created huge cracks in its internal labour market, often papered-over to foreign eyes. However, Dieters says these labour issues have profound consequences for the increasingly extended supply chains of multinationals.

"It is to do with staff turnover – it is very difficult to keep good staff. When you begin to introduce the risks that staff turnover and continual transhipment of goods between different trucks create, you find that security also becomes an issue. Things like GPRS and RFID could help this, but the reality is that the further inland one goes, there's no such thing as tracking – there are not even proper B/Ls issued."

Driving inland

However, with rising costs in the east, and the intense competition between multinationals in their home retail markets now hinging so heavily on production costs, foreign investors are continuing to drive further inland.

According to Dominic Gates, MD of IDS Logistics, the next development will see international retailers establishing warehousing and distribution centres within China. For the past three years, IDS has been managing the transport and distribution of fashion goods from production in China to retailers across Australia. Gates says that with property costs at 30-50% of those in Australia, and labour costs at 10%, the value in placing an origin distribution centre as a central distribution hub for the supply chain is inescapable.

"We pick and pack at the origin DC with cross-docking in Australia to minimise warehouse handling costs, and we improve container loading from origins to destinations as shipments are scheduled more frequently to lower inventory holding in Australia, " he says, adding: "And this means we are able to do direct shipments of containers pre-packed with store-ready carton boxes to avoid expensive cross continent trucking." However, IDS got into the market early and has been able to fine-tune its operation at a time when the haulage market was responding to slightly less frantic demand levels. Later entrants might find their subcontracted transport operations resembling spaghetti, says Dieters.

"Most shippers track truckers which have small fleets of a few vehicles, as opposed to tracking one or two truckers with a national fleet. Moreover, many local logistics service providers offer little more than basic transportation, leaving managers desperate for alternatives.

"The low cost of manufacturing is a turn-on, " she adds, "but when logistics come to 20% of the product cost, you realise there are still serious issues, and most relate to infrastructure.

Good news

"The good news is that this has been recognised. More than 70,000km of road is to be built by 2020, including the Hangzhou Bridge. This means that the growth rate of overall logistics expenditure is beginning to plateau, " she says.

By 2010, the rail network is set to receive an annual investment of $8bn, roads $10bn, sea $8bn and inland waterways $1.1bn. Dieters adds that the $1.6bn investment committed by Deutsche Bahn, Zim Lines and CMA CGM to develop the rail network and a series of inland intermodal hubs is highly significant. "Not only does a development like this bring investment, but it also brings best practice." While over 80% of China's import and exports come from the three main gateways: Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River and Bohai Bay, that is destined to be reduced somewhat. Likewise, there are currently 10,000 warehousing companies in China and 85% of all warehouses are in those three main regions, but that is also expected to spread.

At the same time, the growth in the difficulties of providing logistics services in China has seen the growth of the overall industry, as those who are demonstrably good at it have found their services in high demand. The logistics arm of China's container shipping line Cosco, expects to see 20% growth in logistics activities in 2008, and a minimum growth of 16% in the added value logistics services – it believes that demand for sub-contracted logistics will increase as more and more Chinese enterprises have closed down their transport arms. Given the difficulties that all land transport providers face, increasing numbers are believing it is a business best left to specialists with critical mass.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #752
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China rail traffic returning to normal after quake

BEIJING, May 13 (Reuters) - China has resumed rail traffic between quake-hit Sichuan and other provinces, except on one major line where a tunnel collapsed.

Monday's 7.9 magnitude tremor killed around 12,000 people and flattened many buildings near the epicentre.

The State Administration of Work Safety called for coal mines, oilfields and chemical plants in quake-affected areas to halt operations as they checked for damage, although officials at major coal exporters said there was little impact on mining or logistics.

Rail services out of the provincial capital Chengdu to Baoji, a major hub in Shaanxi province, were suspended when a tunnel collapsed, setting fire to a freight train carrying gasoline, Xinhua news agency said.

The quake also damaged bridges on the Baoji-Chengdu line and cut power to 13 stations.

Passenger trains bound south from Baoji have been held back at Xi'an, an official with the Xi'an railway bureau told Reuters.

"Those are very steep grades and there are a lot of tunnels once you get past Baoji on the way to Chengdu," said a businessman whose company supplies the Chinese rail network.

"I would expect them to be concerned about the integrity of the tunnels and I don't know how long it would take, although they continually surprise me with their efficiency."

Xinhua said 187 trains carrying relief materials, including 50,000 tents and one fuel train, would head to affected areas. The ministry will also deploy an additional 1,400 trains for disaster relief, it said.

In Datong, the coal heartland of Shanxi Province, underground work was stopped temporarily but has since resumed with no disruption to rail transport, an official said.

Roads into the worst-affected regions north of Chengdu are cut off by numerous landslides, while heavy rain is also impeding the arrival of outside rescuers and supplies.

Sichuan itself produces about 3 percent of China's coal, but almost all of that is consumed within the province.

Transport between northwest China and central China along the Gansu corridor was not affected, said a railway official in Gansu's capital, Lanzhou.

An official at Panzhihua Iron and Steel, China's 11th largest steel maker in southwestern Sichuan province, said he did not expect the earthquake to hinder shipments.
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Shanghai - Nanjing high speed

From the Shanghai Daily on 5/16:

Work begins on Shanghai-Nanjing Express
Created: 2008-5-16
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LOCAL authorities said construction will begin on the Shanghai-Nanjing express railway next month which will be open for service before the 2010 World Expo.

The new 300-kilometer long high-speed rail includes a 32-kilometer section in Shanghai. Passenger trains on the rail line will run at 200 kph, the authority said.

Officials said the express line would run parallel to the current Shanghai-Nanjing railway and will have 27 stations including stops at Kunshan, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Danyang and Zhenjiang cities in Jiangsu.

The project will cost 39.45 billion yuan (US$5.64 billion).
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Railway line between Kazakhstan and China

ENRC to build railway line between Kazakhstan and China

2008-05-22

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC, the holding company of a leading diversified natural resources group based in Kazakhstan, announced that ENRC Logistics has won the Kazakhstan State tender for the China Gateway Project.

The China Gateway Project will involve the construction of approximately 300 kilometers of railway in South-East Kazakhstan, which ENRC will subsequently operate.

1. A single track railroad will be constructed between Zhetigen in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Khorgos on the Kazakhstan-Chinese border.

2. Four intermediate stations, ten intersections, and a loading complex will also be built as part of the project.

Mr Johannes Sittard CEO of ENRC said “We are proud to be involved in this great project. The new railway will facilitate the increase in cargo carried between Kazakhstan and China by up to 30 million tonnes per annum. It will provide ENRC’s operations with an additional secure transportation route and with an increased capacity for products to be sold into the growing Chinese market.”

The USD 900 million capital expenditure projects will be the largest ever private investment in Kazakhstan’s transport infrastructure. Construction will begin later this year and it is envisaged that the railway will commence operations in 2012. ENRC’s concession to operate the railway will run until 2036. The realization of the project will enable ENRC to improve the delivery of its products to customers in China, diversify the activities of ENRC Logistics and enhance profitability by offering services to third parties.

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What technical standards will this new railroad use?

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Deutsche Bahn to launch direct China-to-Germany cargo trains within three months

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FRANKFURT (Thomson Financial) - Deutsche Bahn AG. is set to open a direct cargo train link between China and Germany within three months, Die Welt reported, citing Manfred Michel of China United International Railway Container Transport (CUIRC), the company operating the trains.

Deutsche Bahn owns an 8 percent stake in CUIRC.

The trains will take 15 days to travel the 9,850 km between Berlin and Beijing. The more expensive air cargo takes two to three days between Germany and China, while sea freight takes around 35 days.

'The cargo trains can't compete with sea freight, but for express goods or oversize volumes they do make sense,' said Norbert Bensel, head of Deutsche Bahn's logistic operations.

The German rail operator is set to be partially privatised by the end of the year.

It is in talks with Russian railways RZD to take stakes in each other. RZD is Deutsche Bahn's main partner for the inter-continental connection between China and Germany.

Deutsche Bahn initially expects annual sales of between 10 million and 20 million euros from the project.
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9850 km in 15 days.That makes an average speed of 27,1 km/h.....

I see room for improvements....
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Deutsche Bahn to launch direct China-to-Germany cargo trains within three months

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Does anyone know if this trains are going to run through Poland?
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9850 km in 15 days.That makes an average speed of 27,1 km/h.....

I see room for improvements....
I think it's already pretty good considering such a train would cross five borders.
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