Monthly Archives: April 2011

Twelve carriages, a few thousand passengers, but who says go?

How does the MTR manage to operate an intensive rapid transit service on a railway alignment that dates back 100 years? The East Rail is the last MTR line without platform screen doors or gates, and when added to the massive size of the trains – 12 carriages and 290 metres long – how does one know when it is safe for a a train to depart?

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China Railways 25Z class carriages

Here is another follow up to my quick guide to Chinese railway carriages: this time on the ’25Z’ class. These carriages are used on shorter distance trains in China, such as the Hong Kong – Guangzhou service, which takes around 2 hours.

China Railways carriage RZ25Z 110832 Continue reading

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