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When I took the Guangzhou - shenzen line last year, the workers installing new tracks where still working on the ballast with picks. One would place the pick, two would pull the pick with ropes. Around thirty workers where busy doing that while one guy lined up the rails. Although I don't know anything about trains, I doubt they could building high speed lines that way...

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by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 at 08:44:47 AM EST
When there is manpower, who needs machines...

From this short description, what you say may have been (1) parallel tracks for suburban trains, (2) repair of a short section (say after an accident), (3) real 200 km/h track replacement, in which case I guess there'll be at least an inspection run followed by adjustments!?...

At any rate, the Beijing-Tianjin line is different: it is "FF Bögl" slab tracks supplied (again with technology transfer) by German firm MAX BÖGL (see their page, and photos of the track near Beijing in this pdf).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 at 09:12:55 AM EST
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