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World's highest railway station enters key construction period
6. World's highest railway station enters key construction period
AMDO, Tibet, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Construction has entered the key phase
on the Tanggula Station, which at 5,068 meters above sealevel is the highest
in the world, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Project Headquarters said on
Twenty-nine reinforced concrete pillars are being erected in holes dug in
frozen earth to support the station, said Zhang Lianyou, chief engineer of
the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Project Headquarters under the China Railways No.
19 Bureau Group.
The station, on the southern face of the Tanggula Mountain range in
southwest Tibet, is part of the Qinghai-Tibet railway andis due to be
completed by August.
It is expected to become a tourist attraction and will have three lines for
both passenger and freight purposes, and when finished, the station will
have a floor space of about 384.2 square meters, Zhang said.
The station will operate as a railway junction control center since it's
located in the middle of the highest section of the railway in the Tanggula
Range, 4,916 meters above sea level, Zhangsaid.
The 1,142-km railway will run from Gelmud in Qinghai Province to Lhasa,
capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,
becoming the longest railway at the
highestelevation in the world.
The central government of China decided to build the railway in 2001,
allocating 26.2 billion yuan (3.1 billion dollars) for the project. The line
is scheduled to reach Lhasa this year and start trial operation in the
second half of 2006. Enditem
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