Train speed to accelerate - chief dispatcher
By Zhang Nan (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-08-04 13:22
How fast do the trains run on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway? Presently the
maximum hourly speed is 100 km. However, this is not fast enough, according to
Zhang Xiqing, Chief Dispatcher of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company located in
Xinning, Qinghai Province.
In an interview with
chinadaily.com.cn on August 2, Zhang said the train's speed will be increased in
Zhang Xiqing, chief
dispatcher of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company located in Xinning,
Qinghai Province. [chinadaily.com.cn/Xiao
Zhang said if the earth was more frozen and the temperature more stable, the
train's speed can be pushed beyond 100 km.
If this were to happen, in
case of emergency a rescue squad could arrive in around one hour, Zhang said.
Zhang said guaranteeing the trains running on time was an important task.
Nowadays if a train is off-schedule by ten minutes or more, there will be an
investigation, and if necessary, punishment. In recent weeks, the punctuality
rate of passenger trains has been 100 percent.
Before the Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened, goods going to and from Tibet were
trucked over mountain highways that were often blocked by landslides or snow,
making trade prohibitively expensive. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the first
railroad linking Tibet with the rest of China and there are six passenger trains
and at least two cargo trains per day.
The railway is the world's longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956
kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital Xining to Lhasa in Tibet. The newly
completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometers across the Kunlun and
Tanggula mountain ranges. About 29.46 billion yuan (US$3.68 billion) was spent
on the Golmud-Lhasa section.
The basic coach ticket, called a hard seat, sells for 389 yuan (US$48.6) from
Beijing to Lhasa, while the price for hard sleeper or bunk costs 813 yuan