Trains of Europe

A train journey from Beijing to Almati

In July 2005 we made a traintrip from Beijing to Almati in Kazachstan. We hopped from city to city. On these pages some of the stationbuilings, locomotives and other railway equipment that we encountered along the road.

Beijing Railway Station,22-07-2005
Beijing Railway Station,22-07-2005
After the completion of the new Beijing Railway Station (September 2, 1959), its transport capacity far exceeded the formerly used East Railway Station and it played an increasing role in heavy transport tasks, and today it is still Beijing's most important Passenger Railway Station, and has the largest station traffic in China. The number of trains and traffic hs also increased year by year: In 1959 there were 33 train lines; in 1966 there were forty train lines; in 1978 there were sixty-one train lines; in 1985 there were seventy-eight train lines; and by 1993 there were eighty-two train lines. During the late 1950, the amount of passengers using the railway transportation system were six million people a year, in the late 1960 it was eight million people a year, in the late 1970 it reached fifteen million a year, and after the Chinese economic reform period, the usage soared to more than thirty million people.[2] To alleviate the transport pressure on the Beijing Railway Station, the Beijing Municipal Government and the Ministry of Railways in 1980 started the planning and construction of Beijing's second passenger station and hence the Beijing West Railway Station was completed in 1996. This led to a reduction in passenger traffic for the Beijing Railway Station to twenty million people.. Since 1976, the Beijing Railway Station had begun a series of upgrades to the passenger service facilities, for example a computer system had been set up for processing tickets, a TV monitoring screen, wireless communication, automatic broadcasting system, and extensions made to the railway platform expanded its length from 497 to 603 metres in order to meet the needs of the expanding transportation flow. In 1988, the Shanghai Electric Clock Factory installed China's first large screen display system in the Beijing Railway Station Square. Between May 1998 and September 1999, the Ministry of Railways implemented a seismic strengthening project to the Beijing Railway Station and also introduced new passenger features such as a central air conditioning system, passenger guidance system, multi-functional radio broadcasting system. Since June 18, 2003, the Beijing Railway Station began an expansion of two new sites, comprising an area of 20,513 square meters and includes a specialized large parcel luggage line. Renovationsincluded the removal of the concrete canopy, alterations to the steel arch station pole, and alterations to the original site raised it from 1 to 1.2 meters. Source: Wikipedia.

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