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11:13 Dec 14 2009

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2nd line of Xining-Golmud Section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway to open
11:12, December 14, 2009  

Photo taken on Oct. 14, 2009, shows construction of the Bayanxiangte Bridge in the Xining-Golmud Section of the second line of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway nearing completion. (Xinhua Photo)

Construction of the second line of the Xining-Golmud Section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is nearing completion, according to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company.

The project, started in September 2007 with a total investment of ten billion yuan RMB (1.46 billion U.S. dollars), will involve construction of the second lines for five sections between Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and Golmud also in Qinghai, with a combined length of 356 km.

Upon completion, the electrified railway is expected to handle 50 million tons of cargo per year, with the train speed reaching 160 km/h.

The 834-km Xining-Golmud Section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the only railway that links the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the outside world, serves as a main artery for economic and social development of both Qinghai and Tibet.

Source: Xinhua

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