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Old September 17th, 2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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MISC | Highest Railway in the World (photo thread)

The world's highest railway,a trip to Shangri-la

[QUOTE]The line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world's highest rail track. The 1,338 m Fenghuoshan tunnel is the highest rail tunnel in the world at 4,905 m above sea level. The 4,010-m Guanjiao tunnel is the longest tunnel from Xining to Golmod and the 3,345-m Yangbajing tunnel is the longest tunnel from Golmod to Lhasa. More than 960 km, or over 80% of the Golmud-Lhasa section, is at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. There are 675 bridges, totalling 159.88 km, and about 550 km of the railway is laid on permafrost.

The trains are specially built for high altitude environment. and the carriages are specially built and have an oxygen supply for each passenger.

Engineering challenges

The Vertical Sectional Diagram of Qinghai-Tibet Railway (Golmud-Lhasa section)There are many technical difficulties for such a railway. About half of the second section was built on barely permanent permafrost. In the summer, the uppermost layer thaws, and the ground becomes muddy. Chinese engineers dealt with this problem by building elevated tracks with foundations sunk deep into the ground, building hollow concrete pipes beneath the tracks to keep the rail bed frozen, and using metal sun shades.[12] Similar to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System portions of the track are also passively cooled with ammonia based heat exchangers.


Kunlun PassThe air in Tibet is much thinner, having 35% to 40% less oxygen than at sea level. Special passenger carriages are used, and several oxygen factories were built along the railway. At this altitude in these latitudes, water in toilets must be heated to prevent freezing. The Chinese government claimed that no construction worker died during the construction due to altitude sickness related diseases. [13] The railway passes the Kunlun Mountains, an earthquake zone. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in 2001. Dozens of earthquake monitors have been installed along the railway.

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Old September 17th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #5
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Old September 18th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #6
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Fantastic!
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #7
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I would love to ride this railway some day


This on is fake, BTW:
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Old September 18th, 2009, 10:20 PM   #8
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To be honest, I'm not at all a fan of this railroad.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #9
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^to be honest, why should anyone care what you think?

or are you going to ape what you've heard in the media, and say a railroad is akin to colonialization?
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Old September 19th, 2009, 05:11 AM   #10
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To be honest, why should anyone care whether YOU care? People come here not only to gather information but to express opinions, and you ought not cry and scream when they aren't your own.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 09:55 AM   #11
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They should make it 350km/h double track CRH HSR, currently it takes too long to go from Beijing to Lhasa, almost two full days!
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Old September 19th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #12
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Are these pressurized compartments?
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Old September 19th, 2009, 12:09 PM   #13
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The world’s highest railway line boasts high-tech engineering and luxurious pressurized train cars are used to help passengers cope with high altitude.
according to the reports,yes.if they are pressurized then they are more like airplanes than train cars.lol
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Impressive Canadian engineering meets spectacular Chinese scenery!
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To be honest, I don't like it because (as you can see in the pics) it destroys a incredibly beautiful and unique landscape. It's not about colonization in the first place because unfortunately it's happening anyway although the railway will speed things up. Lhasa has become a city that looks just like any other Chinese city nowadays which is a shame imo. Btw. I'm not talking about what I've heard in the media, but you shouldn't bother.
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Are these pressurized compartments?
Not pressurized, but with oxygen generator.

http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-cn/%E4%B8...AE%A2%E8%BD%A6
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Some europeans are enjoying their high quality material life, at the same time, they hope Africans and Tibetans living as monkeys in zoo without any rights of developing in the name of cultural diversity .

Who can tell me why these europeans are so pretentious, hypocritical and extremely selfish self-centered?
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To be honest, I don't like it because (as you can see in the pics) it destroys a incredibly beautiful and unique landscape. It's not about colonization in the first place because unfortunately it's happening anyway although the railway will speed things up. Lhasa has become a city that looks just like any other Chinese city nowadays which is a shame imo. Btw. I'm not talking about what I've heard in the media, but you shouldn't bother.
Tibet province is about 3.5 times a big as Germany and there is only one railway connecting this poor and backward region with the more advanced regions of the whole country.

What is your proposal to improve the economic and cultural life of this region? How should this region be modernised? Or do you think Tibet province should stay in the past like an open air museum to please your curiosity of "exotism"?
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Fantastic photos! About how much does this trip cost, and how long does it take?


The locomotives are American by the way. They are built by General Electric.
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Fantastic photos! About how much does this trip cost, and how long does it take?


The locomotives are American by the way. They are built by General Electric.
Beijing-Lhasa Train# T27, 44h 34m, 4064km. Train fares: hard seat CNY389(US$62), hard sleeper lower berth CNY813, soft sleeper lower berth CNY1262. Hard sleeper middle/upper berth and soft sleeper upper berth are little cheaper than lower berth, i don't know the exact price.
http://www.seat61.com/China.htm
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