Railway around China’s largest desert officially inaugurated

source: chinese government

China opened a railway line around its largest desert, the Taklimakan, in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Thursday. The railway line is 2,712 kilometres long and allows for speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. It has 22 stations, six of which also offer cargo services. It is the first that time a railway line enables trains to skirt around a desert, according to the China State Railway Group (China Railway).

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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