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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:46 PM   #141
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Bombardier wins Chinese rail deal
Deal increases company's global profile as nation readies for 2008 Olympic Games

20 March 2006
The Globe and Mail

BEIJING -- Bombardier Inc. has won a $68-million (U.S.) contract to provide railway cars for a rapid-transit link between Beijing and its international airport in time for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The contract is important for Bombardier, since it guarantees another high-visibility Olympic project for the company at a time when it is fighting for a bigger slice of the fast-growing China market.

Last year, the Montreal-based company won a separate $89-million contract to build an automated “people mover” train system at a new terminal of Beijing's international airport as it expands to handle Olympic visitors.

The latest contract, announced yesterday in Beijing, is for Bombardier to provide technology and equipment for 40 cars on a 27-kilometre railway link between the airport and the city's subway system. Bombardier will provide the design, engineering, propulsion systems and bogies for the cars, which will be assembled by a domestic company in China.

“This is very important because it confirms the leadership of Bombardier in China,” Andre Navarri, president of Bombardier Transportation, said in an interview yesterday.

“When a big city like Beijing wants a first-class technology on time for a big event, they go to Bombardier,” he said. “It confirms that we are regarded very highly in China.”

Mr. Navarri acknowledged, however, that Bombardier will face “quite tough” deadlines for the delivery of the 40 train cars. “We have to deliver the first train set for testing in August, 2007, and we have to deliver most of the trains before the Summer Olympics, which is only 28 months from now. So it's a tough schedule, but the customer is confident in us.”

He also predicted that the fleet of trains on the Beijing airport link “will probably increase” beyond the current fleet of 40 cars in the future. “This is only a start.”

Elsewhere in the Chinese market, Bombardier got a boost this month when China announced it will use conventional wheel technology, rather than German magnetic levitation technology, for a planned high-speed railway between Shanghai and Beijing, the two biggest cities in the country.

The German technology is already in use for a 31-kilometre Shanghai airport link, and it will be used for a new 200-kilometre train line between Shanghai and the booming city of Hangzhou. But the maglev technology has been rejected for the Beijing-Shanghai route, creating an opportunity for Bombardier.

“There will be a competition and we will be part of the competition,” Mr. Navarri said. “There will probably be several suppliers on this high-speed line.”

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line is part of a massive expansion of China's railway system, which is slated to add 5,400 kilometres of new high-speed lines in the next four years.

Mr. Navarri said Bombardier is also progressing smoothly on its $281-million contract to provide 361 rail cars for the country's controversial high-altitude railway to Tibet.

The railway has been denounced by human-rights activists as a potential death blow to Tibet's cultural survival.

“The first train has been tested in real conditions in cold weather in Tibet in February, to test the oxygen, for example, and it went quite well,” he said.

“The first train set has been delivered to the customer. The second train set is being tested now on the line, and the third train set will be delivered for testing this week.”

The railway line to Tibet, which will climb in some parts to as high as 5,000 metres, is likely to begin operations around September, he said.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #142
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A new train set - China
25 March 2006
The Economist

National pride is spurring development of China's railways

IN THE rush to modernise its transport infrastructure, China has built scores of glossy airports and an extensive road network along its eastern seaboard. Far less attention and money has been lavished on the country's antiquated and overburdened railways, which carry a high proportion of freight and passengers.

That is changing at last. On the fringes of the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, earlier this month, Liu Zhijun, the minister for railways, announced approval for two bold and long-planned high-speed rail lines. The larger, first mooted as long ago as 1994, is a 1,320km (820 mile) link between Shanghai and Beijing. With trains along it expected to reach top speeds of 350km an hour, it should cut the travel time between the mainland's two most important cities from 13 hours to less than five—although at an eye-watering expense of some 200 billion yuan ($25 billion). The other project is a 175km connection between Shanghai and nearby Hangzhou, another big city in the booming Yangtze River Delta, that will allow speeds of up to 450km per hour and cost around 35 billion yuan.

These two lines are showpieces in a hugely ambitious official scheme to construct some 5,400km of high-speed rail track by the end of the decade, at a cost of more than 1 trillion yuan. This itself is but a part of China's plan to build and refurbish about 40,000km of its railways by 2010 in an effort to ease bottlenecks in the transport of everything from coal to soyabeans to people.

The Chinese government, however, has a second, equally important goal in mind: using the railways to display China's technological prowess in a way that it has failed to do—so far, at least—in building cars and aircraft. After two decades of deliberately importing foreign expertise in order to speed economic development, China is starting to place more emphasis on (and put more resources behind) homegrown technology. A space flight by a Chinese astronaut in 2003, followed by a second manned space mission last October are the most visible signs of this new determination to catch up with western science and engineering in everything from software and consumer electronics to semiconductors and giant engineering projects. Following an official announcement this month that China planned to build its own jumbo jets, Mr Liu said that the new high-speed rail lines will not use any foreign technology.

That is a blow for the international engineering firms that have lobbied hard to sell their high-speed trains to China, including Japan's shinkansen, Alstom's French TGV and the maglev (magnetic levitation) train offered by Siemens and ThyssenKrupp of Germany. Siemens is behind the 30km maglev train service that has been running between Shanghai's Pudong airport and the city since 2002. And it may win some more work since the Shanghai-Hangzhou track will also be based on maglev technology, although principally one developed by Chinese engineers over the past few years. For the other foreign companies, prospects look less promising. The longer link to Beijing will be built with different, domestically-developed technology. And, as so often in China, it will be hard to establish whether foreigners' intellectual-property rights have been infringed along the way. As Mr Liu delicately put it to the Chinese media: “Our technology is a re-innovation on the basis of assimilating advanced technologies of foreign countries.”

At a time when economic nationalism is rising around the world, China's unwillingness to remain in thrall to foreign technology is understandable. Whether it yet has the skills to develop and commercialise its own technology in a field as complex as modern train systems is another matter. None of an earlier generation of passenger jets, today's mainland cars and the Shanghai airport maglev are financial successes. Nor will either of the new high-speed links be ready for the 2008 Olympics. While China may be getting better at running trains, they are not yet running quite on time.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 06:56 PM   #143
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Guangzhou to build 9 subways
30 March 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

GUANGZHOU, March 30 (CEIS) – Guangzhou, the capital city of China’s southern Guangdong Province, plans to build nine subways with a total length of 255 km in the country’s 11th Five-Year Program period (2006-2010).

The city now has its total subway length of 59.2 km.

With the nine new subways built by 2010, subways will take over half of Guangzhou’s public passenger transport capacity, said Lu Guanglin, general manager of the Guangzhou Subway Corp.

According to Lu, Guangzhou will put in no less than 5 billion yuan every year in subway construction.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 05:06 PM   #144
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Shanghai to get another four metro lines by 2010
6 April 2006
South China Morning Post

Shanghai plans to finish four new metro lines by 2010 to link up with the World Expo site and meet demand from the city's rapidly expanding suburbs, the government and state media said yesterday.

The city will host the world's fair in 2010 and the local government is using the event to improve Shanghai's infrastructure.

State-owned Shanghai Shentong Metro signed an agreement with 11 mainland commercial banks on Tuesday for a 30 billion yuan loan to help fund the new lines, the government said.

Shanghai's development of its metro system had slowed after the launch of central government policies to rein in the economy in 2004. But Beijing recently approved a high-speed railway link between Shanghai and Hangzhou using maglev technology, as well as another rail link between Shanghai and Beijing.

Shanghai's new metro lines - numbered six through to nine - will cover 120km with 89 stops. Construction will start this year.

Line No6 will pass through several large residential areas in Pudong near the World Expo site. Lines 7 and 8 will carry passengers directly into the site, while No9 will extend to a new town and a university complex in a southwestern suburb.

According to a city government blueprint, Shanghai will have 13 metro lines with a total length of 510km by 2012. Five, mainly covering the inner city area, have already been completed.

A Shanghai government policy white paper says officials plan to make intra-city railways the backbone of the public transport system, accounting for 60 per cent of journeys by 2020. The local government needs to develop links between the city centre and the suburbs, as it tries to relocate more residents to outlying areas.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #145
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Old April 10th, 2006, 04:24 AM   #146
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中國建四戰略鐵道 全面與世界「接軌」
2006-04-10




 【本報北京新聞中心記者海巖9日電】國務院西部開發辦有關官員近日表示,在「十一五」乃至更長時期,中國謀劃在西南、西北、東北以及雲南地區建設四條新的陸路國際性戰略大通道。其中在西南部醞釀建設的南亞陸路大通道,由青藏鐵路繼續向南延伸經亞東出境,與印度鐵路網連接,形成一條通向南亞次大陸的戰略通道。

 謀劃中的另外3條陸路大通道是:在雲南,建設連接雲南與東南亞、南亞的中緬印國際大通道;在東北地區東部,修建「琿春-東寧」鐵路以及春化出境鐵路與俄羅斯鐵路接軌;在西北地區,架設新疆與俄羅斯陸路大通道。

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 國務院西部開發辦綜合規劃組處長胡長順認為,由於中國與世界經濟的相互聯繫和影響日益深刻,建設陸路新的國際性戰略大通道,可以更好的利用國內國際兩個市場、兩種資源,保障國家經濟社會的安全,解決中國與周邊國家在能源、礦產資源等方面擴大境外合作的運輸大通道問題,實施共贏的開放戰略。

 西藏地處中國西南邊陲,與印度、不丹、尼泊爾等多個國家接壤,邊境線長達4,000多公里,高原上第一條鐵路——青藏鐵路將在今年7月1日全線試運營。早在青藏鐵路竣工之前,海外就猜測「拉薩不會成為青藏鐵路的終點站」,希望能夠繼續延伸,令周邊國家從中獲益。去年以來,尼泊爾國王賈南德拉在幾次國際會議期間,都向中國和印度領導人表示,希望青藏鐵路能夠鋪到尼泊爾境內,最終與印度、孟加拉國等鐵路網連接,成為其兩大鄰國——中國和印度之間的交通運輸紐帶和中轉站。

構建南亞陸路大通道

 胡長順認為,考慮到西藏與周邊國家關係的進一步穩定和經濟社會發展需要,建設通往南亞國家的陸路大通道至關重要,將青藏鐵路一直向南延伸到日喀則,再延伸經過亞東出境,今後與印度鐵路網連接,構建南亞陸路大通道,未來它將成為中國通往南亞乃至南亞國家出印度洋走向世界的一條南亞大動脈。
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Hong Kong MTR Corp. signs agreement to build, operate new Beijing rail line
13 April 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong railway operator MTR Corp. said Thursday it signed an agreement to build and operate a new Beijing rail line for an investment of 735 million yuan (US$91.7 million; euro75.6 million).

The total investment for the project, Beijing Metro Line 4, will be about 15.3 billion yuan (US$1.9 billion; euro1.6 billion), the Hong Kong company said in a statement.

Beijing's municipal government will provide 10.7 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion; euro1.1 billion) of the total investment, it said.

The 29-kilometer (18-mile) rail line will run across the center of Beijing.

The project will be carried out through a joint venture, Beijing MTR Corp. Ltd., jointly held by MTR Corp., Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co. and state-owned Beijing Capital Group.

MTR Corp. and Beijing Capital Group will each hold 49 percent of the project. The remaining 2 percent will be held by Beijing Infrastructure, the statement said.

MTR Corp., which operates Hong Kong's subway, has also signed an agreement to build and operate a railway in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
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Railway transport capacity sees double-figure growth
19 April 2006
China Daily

The Chinese Ministry of Railways announced on Tuesday that China's railway transport capacity has seen a double-figure growth over the last two years thanks to faster trains.

The capacity increased by 18.5 percent and the freight transport capacity increased by 15 percent over the last two years after the speed of trains was raised on April 18, 2004, said the ministry.

The speed raises served to link China's major economic circles and greatly boosted China's rapid economic growth, said an official with the ministry.

China put into service 19 pairs of express trains linking major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Xi'an, increased the speed of trains to above 160 km per hour and opened more express freight trains.

According to the ministry, China's railways completed 1.154 billion passenger journeys last year, 18.7 percent more than before the speed was raised, and transported a total of 2.686 billion tons of cargo.

China has 22,090 kilometers of railways which can allow trains to run at a speed above 120 km per hour, 14,025 kilometers of railways above 160 km per hour and 5,371 kilometers above 200 km per hour.

The ministry said these extended high-speed railways lines have increased the possibility for China to launch more strategic railway speed raises in the coming years.
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Oxygen to be provided on Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Xinhua News:
Oxygen to be offered in trains on world's highest railway

www.chinaview.cn 2006-04-24 10:05:06



LHASA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The world's highest and longest plateau railroad, China's Qinghai-Tibet railway, will have a supply of oxygen on trains to combat the effects of altitude sickness on passengers during its trial operation in July.

"Oxygen will be supplied by using a system like central air-conditioning on trains, which can make the oxygen content in carriages reach 80 percent of that in plain areas," said Ma Baocheng, deputy manager of the Qinghai-Tibet Railways Company.

Oxygen masks will also be installed under seats in carriages, which passengers can use in case they still feel sick, Ma said.

In addition, each train will have a doctor and a nurse for emergency treatment of passengers, according to Ma.

The 1,956-kilometer-long Qinghai-Tibet Railway links Xining, capital of China's northwestern province of Qinghai, to Lhasa, capital of southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The trial operation will be launched on July 1.

Some 960 kilometers of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, which was formerly the world's most elevated track.

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In such a high altitude, definitely
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how high is the altitude exactly, 5000m?
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Wow....13,000 to 16640 feet? That's pretty high.
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wouldnt it make sense to use presurized trains, like the ice or shinkansen which are airtight almost like aircraft????
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Of course its airtight. Wouldn't make sense to supply oxygen only to lose it quickly. The problem is at such altitude oxygen is scarce. Just making it airtight wouldn't solve the problem. You need fresh oxygen supply. Just like airplanes.
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Of course its airtight. Wouldn't make sense to supply oxygen only to lose it quickly. The problem is at such altitude oxygen is scarce. Just making it airtight wouldn't solve the problem. You need fresh oxygen supply. Just like airplanes.

Do pressurized airplanes provide a constant supply of oxygen during every flight or only in a case of emergencies. I only know of oxygen tanks for the pulldown masks but not for the cabin during the flight. I thought airplanes provide oxygen from outside the aircraft and keep it pressurized enough for breathing comfort.
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It seems that only the first class will be pressurized like in airplanes. Other passengers have to breath air on ambient pressure enriched with oxygen.
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I can't find the formula anywhere, but at 5,072 metre I estimate that air pressure will be around half an atmosphere - so for every breath you take, you're only getting half the oxygen molecules you would at sea level...
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New Chinese railway to link up with North Korea and Russia

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The article refers to a "rust belt" (we all have one or more of them ... ours is to the west).

Where is China's "Rust belt" ? It's confusing, since names change .. Dalian is called "Luta" in my little pocket Atlas.
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