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China electrifies Harbin-Manzhouli railway
The Harbin-Manzhouli railway in Manchuria, which boasts more than a century of history, will be electrified. Re-equipment of 933 kilometers of the highway began last Saturday, 25 October. This is reported by IA Xinhua with reference to the Harbin Railway Administration.
The Harbin-Manzhouli railway connects Harbin with the bordering cities of Manzhouli, where the Sino-Russian border runs. Now this is one of the most important transport corridors for both domestic transport and for international transport links with Siberia and Europe. The cargo turnover of the highway exceeds 100 million tons per year.
For two and a half years, 17 traction substations will be built all along the Harbin-Manzhouli railway, 122,571 km of electric wires will be stretched, after which the railway trains will be able to fully switch to electric traction.
Electrification will increase the turnover and speed of the trains, reduce the cost of transportation and reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. This will improve the position of the region as an important trade and economic center of the country.