Crucial 11 minutes could have averted accident

A section of the railway line between Matianxu and Qifengdu stations on the Beijing-Guangzhou line collapsed following a landslide on Monday, causing Train T179 to derail and overturn, leaving one person dead and 127 people injured. The loss of life is unfortunate, more so because just 11 minutes before the accident, a villager had called…

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Hubei’s QR travel system has to work well

The ban on outbound civilian traffic from Hubei province, with the exception of that from Wuhan, the provincial capital, was finally lifted on Wednesday, after eight weeks. The ban on that from Wuhan is due to be lifted on April 8. The lockdown on Wuhan was announced on Jan 23, but the rapid transmission of…

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Discounted rail tickets offered beginning Wednesday

Railway authorities will offer discounts as deep as 45 percent off ticket prices for more than 200 train services on 25 intercity railways starting Wednesday, the China State Railway Group said on Monday. The move is to meet the rising demand of commuting after work resumption and encourage spring excursions to nearby destinations, it said.…

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Hunan manufacturers set tone for production reboot

CHANGSHA-As the hum of machinery fills the air, bullet trains, maglev trains and subways are being assembled, tested and delivered to the rest of the world from Central China’s manufacturing hub of rail transit equipment. Since the extended Spring Festival holiday, Hunan, as the country’s rising manufacturing powerhouse, has seen factories and machines roaring to…

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Tunnel drilling marks progress in China-Laos Railway

The China-Laos Railway has seen decisive progress in its construction, as a tunnel was drilled through on Friday in Yuxi, Southwest China’s Yunan province. The new Wanhe tunnel, 17.44 kilometers long, is an important part of the Yuxi – Boten section, which is a difficult section of construction with 93 tunnels and 136 bridges. Construction…

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China to steadily boost railway construction

BEIJING — China’s top economic planner has pledged more efforts to steadily promote railway construction, stressing prioritizing the progress of key projects. Efforts will be made to speed up the construction of major projects including the Sichuan-Tibet Railway and the high-speed railway along the Yangtze River, the National Development and Reform Commission said Tuesday in…

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Good vibrations keep trains humming during holidays

TIANJIN-With engines roaring and the smell of diesel in the air, Gao Lu, clad in blue and hammer in hand, crammed his body into the narrow gap in the locomotive to check for any trouble. He placed his hammer on top of one cylinder, then put the bottom of the handle close to his ear,…

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Tally mounts as Asian nations respond

SEOUL-Asia reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including the first US soldiers to be infected in South Korea. The US Forces Korea said in a statement that the 23 year-old soldier is stationed at Camp Carroll, north of Daegu, the city that is the epicenter of the outbreak in the South, adding that…

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