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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:17 AM   #981
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Wow, you can see the Shandong-Korea link in that map! So they are going to construct it? Crazy.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #982
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Is Shandong-Korea link going to be the longest under water railway?

Would be nice to see the China and Taiwan link too.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:30 AM   #983
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I doubt the Shandong/Korea or Fujian/Taiwan links will ever happen.

The former will be irrelevant once North Korea opens up and modernizes its Soviet-era infrastructure.

The latter is obviously drawn up for politics.

Does anyone have a recent map of rail projects?
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:54 AM   #984
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Thanks for update pictures...
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Old October 26th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #985
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once North Korea opens up and modernizes its Soviet-era infrastructure.
I hope so but when is this going to happen, when will North Korea open up?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #986
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By 2010, China's railway is expected to extend to 100,000 kilometers. That will increase to more than 120,000 kilometers by 2020. At of the end of 2007, railways across the nation stretched 78,000 kilometers.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...t_10257573.htm
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Old October 27th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #987
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A couple of CRH5 pics from ditiezu.com. Beijing-Changchun











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Old October 27th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #988
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New trains from china to venezuela

CKD4C high power diesel locomotive


CKD4C high power diesel locomotive is used for the railway transportation business in the middle and western area of Venezuela namely: Cabello - Barquisimeto and Yaritagua - Acarigua.

CKD4C diesel locomotive is high power AC-DC diesel locomotive for trunk line heavy-loaded freight locomotive. This locomotive is equipped with 16V28OZJA diesel engine, JF204D synchronous main generator and ZD109E traction motor, adopting monocoque fuel tank and running gear of 3-axle bogie with weight of 25 ton.

DMU for Venezuela


The main power system of DMU for Venezuela adopts the mode of diesel hydraulic transmission. This DMU is composed of two motor cars with driver’s cab and three trailers in the middle. Two DMUs can beoperated tandemly. The cross section of the carbody meets UIC506-C loading gauge. One CAT 3508B diesel engine is mounted on the motor car to transmit traction force to front bogie throught one SF2010 hydraulic transmission device. One MTAl1-G1 diesel engine and one AC generator are set to supply 400V, 50Hz three-phase AC power for air conditioner system in the rear trailer. One BCI184E24 generator supplies 120V, 60Hz AC power for the lighting system. One DC generator in the motor car provides 110V DC power for the control system and emergency power supply system of the whole DMU.

There are passenger rooms in the motor car and trailer with hard seats. There are air conditioners, cooling drinking water machine and western type stool in the car, and sanitary box with capacity of 400L under the car. There are telephone system, PLC tandemly control system and colour liquid crystal display screen, enabling the central control of lighting, air conditioning, sliding door and information display system.

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Old October 28th, 2008, 02:14 PM   #989
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China may help build Pacific rail link-reports

MOSCOW, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Russian Railways, which will need to cut spending next year and seek about $6 billion in loans, has asked China to help develop rail links from the Pacific Ocean to Europe, its head told Russian news agencies on Tuesday.

Vladimir Yakunin, president of state railway monopoly RZhD, said China had reacted positively to an offer to join RZhD's venture with Deutsche Bahn to carry out the project, the agencies quoted him as saying.

"We (Russian Railways and Deutsche Bahn) asked our Chinese colleagues to join the joint venture. They reacted positively, and we are now negotiating with them," Yakunin was quoted as saying.

The rail monopoly's press service said it could not immediately confirm the comments.

The project to link rail systems from the Pacific coast to Western Europe is in the early planning stages. A test run of several rail wagons from the Beijing to Hamburg in Germany was organised in January with the participation of RZhD.

SPENDING CUTS, LOANS

Yakunin said earlier this month that RZhD would have to freeze some projects and cut its spending by $8 billion to 2010 due to the global liquidity crisis.

On Tuesday, he said its investment programme for 2009 would have to shrink by 50 billion roubles ($1.83 billion) to 430 billion roubles, the agencies reported.

Yakunin also told reporters the company would seek to attract 150 billion roubles in loans in 2009.

"But this figure will be adjusted depending on the realisation of our plans," he said.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #990
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Dali-Lijiang railway U/C

More like serving as a tourist line. 164.4km, 3.5 years, 280 mln yuan, finishing in 2009














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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #991
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Yibin-Wanzhou Railway U/C

376.99km, bridge/tunnel 74% of total length, opens in 2009
















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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #992
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i love it...andi hope i can be there to see and feel it..
thanks for sharing your comments and pics...
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:57 AM   #993
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This is all very impressive development. I am glad so see that China concentrates now more on public transport. Good for the environment.
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do you have bus transportation or only trains in China?
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Old October 30th, 2008, 04:17 AM   #995
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do you have bus transportation or only trains in China?
Buses are used for local area travel since the rail system is not extensive enough. Long distance travel is mostly by rail, though those who can afford it can fly and those who want to save take long-distance buses.

During the Chinese New Year everything is jam packed as *everyone* scrambles to go home within a few days.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 05:07 AM   #996
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Buses are used for local area travel since the rail system is not extensive enough. Long distance travel is mostly by rail, though those who can afford it can fly and those who want to save take long-distance buses.

During the Chinese New Year everything is jam packed as *everyone* scrambles to go home within a few days.
There are many inter-province passenger bus services in China, most of them use the expressways so it's pretty fast and convenient.

Some long distance bus service like Shenzhen to Beijing are also available. If you want a China North-south tour, you can try the Shenzhen-Shenyang route, with total length of 3350KM , passing 8 provinces, all expressway road, taking 36 hours, costs around $116 per person.

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Old October 30th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #997
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Yes, there's usually a bus and rail choice to every city, but bus is usually more expensive and slower. It's fun to see the new expressways though.
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 05:46 PM   #998
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The Beijing - Hong Kong sleeper service seems quite exotic, and is remarkably cheap, too.

Time : 24 hours
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Hard Sleeper HKD $574-601 (USD $74-78)
Deluxe Soft Sleeper HKD $1191 (USD $154)

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Old November 5th, 2008, 06:27 AM   #999
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China rail workers clash with farmers over land

BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Chinese authorities are investigating an incident in which more than 100 rail workers carrying iron bars beat local farmers who were obstructing work on a high-speed train link in a dispute over land compensation.

Railway workers from 17th Bureau Group, a unit of state-owned China Railway Construction Corp, clashed with farmers last month on the outskirts of Beijing near a construction site for the $11 billion high-speed railway from Beijing to Shanghai, local media reported.

Rural discontent over government-sanctioned land grabs is rife in China's vast countryside, where more than 700 million farmers toil on small plots that are owned by the state.

Railway officials have said increasing troubles acquiring land cheaply is holding back the expansion of China's rail network.

They complain of farmers seeking compensation directly from rail authorities after local officials appropriate land along rail routes without compensating farmers.

In October, trucks "crammed" with people carrying iron bars drove out from the railway construction site to two villages near Lanfang, outside Beijing, where 19 residents, aged between 16 and 70, were injured in the clashes, Tuesday's Beijing Times said.

An official with the 17th Bureau's construction office, surnamed Li, confirmed the clash, but said the workers had acted of their own volition, the paper said.

Local residents had obstructed rail work amid a dispute over compensation for the use of their land, an official with the news office of the Lanfang local government told Reuters by telephone.

"The delayed construction lead to the delay of the railway workers' salary," said the official, who declined to leave his name.

The company had sent a team to investigate, the paper said, citing an unnamed spokesperson.

An employee surnamed Wang confirmed the probe, but declined to comment further when contacted by Reuters at the company's project office.

Work started on the 1,300-km high-speed rail link in April this year. The railway, with a designed speed of 350 kph (220 mph) will reduce the journey between the two cities from over 11 hours to just five.

Land costs far exceeded the budgeted amount in the construction of the high-speed railway between Beijing and Tianjin, which passes near Lanfang and opened in time for the Olympics in August.

China's central government tweaked its rural land policy last month, formalising the transfer of land use rights in a move it said would bolster farmers' incomes and protect their interests.

But analysts said the measures would provide little extra protection for farmers against arbitrary land grabs by companies backed by local officials.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 07:35 AM   #1000
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Does anybody know how much it costs to go from Beijing to Xi'an? I went on a school trip and I think we were in 2nd class sleepers, 4 bunks per room. I'd like to do the journey again when I graduate.
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