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^^The station ambiance is warm. Almost like a living room with a hanging wall clock.

It's August already.. what's holding up the opening?
 

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A change from most other Chinese metro colour palettes. Shiny white is cool (literally) and aloof, but also depends on constant maintenance not to look dirty. Warmer and darker colours may be good, as long as it won't look too gritty.
 

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Provincial capital subway ready to roll
7 August 2013
China Daily

Harbin's Subway Line 1 began passenger-free test operations in preparation for the official trial run, which is scheduled for September.

The trial is the culmination of five years of construction work and the city's long-held dream of building a subway, which was first contemplated as early as the 1970s, according to local media.

The Harbin subway will have a top speed of 35 kilometers per hour, making it much faster than metros in many other cities across the country.

Construction on the Harbin subway network began in late September 2008 and it was designed to conform to the standards of Beijing Subway Line 1.

According to the city's plan, the network will ultimately consist of 10 lines, with a combined total of 340 kilometers of track.

The 17.48-km Line 1 runs from Harbin South Station to Harbin West Station. It has a total of 18 stops as well as 110 exits and ventilation facilities.

All the stops along Line 1 have a different visual theme to make them more distinguishable and highlight various features of exit locales as well. At the stops, temperature will remain between 18 C and 20 C in summer and higher than 10 C in winter.

The carriage body is 10 meters long, 2.8 meters wide and 3.8 meters high.

Every train comprises six railcars, with 240 seats in total, and each train can hold a maximum of 1,866 passengers.

The interior of the trains features modern orange chairs and white walls and every car is equipped with LCD monitors.

The exterior of the trains is painted with snowflakes in ice blue, a pattern that represents Harbin's famous winter scenery.

Harbin's subway has won Industrial Design Award of Verein Deutscher Ingenieure in Germany, which is also known as the Nobel Prize of industrial designs.

The uniforms for the Harbin subway staff were made with user-friendly designs after research on uniforms in other cities.

Once the metro is officially launched, trains will arrive every 10 minutes initially, and the intervals will be adjusted to fit the traffic situation later.

Dong Wenya contributed to this story.
 

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The Harbin subway will have a top speed of 35 kilometers per hour, making it much faster than metros in many other cities across the country.
This can't be right, 35 km/h is less than the average of old metro lines in Chicago and elsewhere. The top speed for a new metro line should be at least 90 km/hr.
 

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Dong Wenya said:
The Harbin subway will have a top speed of 35 kilometers per hour, making it much faster than metros in many other cities across the country.
This can't be right, 35 km/h is less than the average of old metro lines in Chicago and elsewhere.
Even Paris Metro, despite having 20 km/h average speed, does have maximum speed 70 km/h. Hong Kong trams, on ground, have average speed under 10 km/h - yet maximum speed 40 km/h.

So which are the many metros whose top speed is "much" slower than 35 km/h?

How does Harbin tram speed compare? It is said to be 1000 mm gauge, with 8 routes.
 

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At the stops, temperature will remain between 18 C and 20 C in summer and higher than 10 C in winter.
I'd never expected to read an article shrouded in so much! mystery about a forthcoming metro ... just as well that that expectation has been crushed by a leader bending the rules around here :nuts:
 

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Provincial capital subway ready to roll

The Harbin subway will have a top speed of 35 kilometers per hour, making it much faster than metros in many other cities across the country.
I think they mean the average speed will be 35 km/h, which is a pretty standard average speed for an average station distance of nearly one kilometer, I believe.
 

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Nice photo of the Harbin tram. I lived in Harbin for 2 years, 2010 to 2012, and know the street well, I recognise it by the light posts, and of course the street still has a single tram line running down the middle of it. But, there are no trams anymore, apparently it was a tourism drawcard, but it didn't really go anywhere just up and down a street. If you are interested the street is called guogeli dajie (果戈里大街)。

I've enjoyed reading about the Harbin Metro, there was always signs that something was going on and talk about the opening of the metro. Nothing seemed to be happening, locals never had much to say about it they just rolled their eyes. I will make an effort to return when it's completed and have a ride; hopefully I won't be old and grey by then.
 
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