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DB Schenker to launch daily freight train to China

INTERNATIONAL: DB Schenker Rail Automotive is to launch a daily container train service between Germany and China in late November, carrying BMW automotive components from Leipzig to Shenyang.

'With a transit time of 23 days, the direct trains are more than twice as fast as maritime transport followed by transport to the Chinese hinterland', said DB Mobility Logistics board member Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch...

DB is already carrying car components on the route on an interim basis, with a fourth train carrying 40 containers leaving the Leipzig-Wahren terminal on September 29.

Ambitions for Transasian rail transport were first covered in the diary Another Great Game, then as things heated up, a number of updates in Salon comments in of 2010 and in 2011.

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

by DoDo on Fri Sep 30th, 2011 at 02:30:11 PM EST
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Electrification and extension to boost Central Asian connections
ASIA: The Asian Development Bank has approved funding for electrification in Uzbekistan and construction of a 225 km line in northern Afghanistan.

...The routes form part of Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Corridor 6, which crosses Uzbekistan from Keres on the Kazakh border to Termez on the Afghan border. According to ADB, the line carries 10 million tonnes of freight a year, but capacity is limited by the use of diesel locomotives which are only able to haul short and slow trains on steeply-graded sections. Traffic includes supplies being delivered to international forces in Afghanistan through the Northern Distribution Network.

On September 20 ADB approved a US$754m multi-tranche package of transport assistance for Afghanistan. This includes rehabilitation of 578 km of roads, and the extension of the recently-completed 75 km Termez - Mazar-i-Sharif railway by 225 km west to Andkhoy...



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 30th, 2011 at 02:30:27 PM EST
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