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17:04 Apr 02 2009

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First electric railway opens in Qinghai
14:55, April 02, 2009  

Construction of the second line of the Lanzhou-Xining railway in Qinghai Province and a related electrification revamping project were completed on Wednesday.

As a result, the newly-opened railway line linking the Gansu provincial capital of Lanzhou to the Qinghai provincial capital of Xining, has become the first electric railway on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau known as the "roof of the world."


Photo taken on Nov. 25, 2006 shows a train roars on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway at the Kunlun Mountains area in Qinghai. The 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet railway starts from Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province, and ends in Lhasa. It is the world's highest railway and the first railway ever to go to Tibet.(Xinhua Photo)


The new Lanzhou-Xining railroad runs from Hekou South Railway Station in Lanzhou City and along the Huangshui River, the biggest tributary on the upper reaches of the Yellow River. It runs through three counties in Qinghai Province before reaching Xining City.

Construction of the 170-km double-track and electrified railroad started in April, 2006 and was completed at a total cost of 2.8 billion yuan RMB.

After the completion of revamping, diesel locomotives were replaced by electric ones, with the maximum towed mass increasing from 2,500 tons to 4,000 tons, according to Lu Yongzhong, general manager of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company.

The designed speed of trains rose substantially to 160 km/h, and the transport capacity of the railway will be more than 80 million tons per year.

According to a national railway construction plan, the second line of the Lanzhou-Qinghai Railway will be linked to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. By then, the transportation capacity of the railway from Lanzhou to Xining and Lhasa will be larger, and trains running on the railway will be faster.

This will not only reduce the burden of railway transportation in Qinghai, but also will make the Qinghai-Tibet Railway more efficient.

Source:Xinhuanet

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