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    LRT Spottings

    How come I cannot upload pictures again??
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    Maritime Transportation of Shanghai

    How come I cannot upload pictures again?
  3. The maritime transportation system of Shanghai comprise both the river transportation system as well as the ocean liner cargo transportation. Shanghai is now the world's largest maritime shipping port in terms of the number of containers throughput each year, surpassing that of Rotterdam.
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    Edmonton BBC's

    I have just learned that the transit agency in Plovdiv still didn't come and claim their prize. Here is the inquiry and response that I made earlier today. Re: Trolleybuses for Plovdiv, Bulgaria « Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 21:12:38 » Quote -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quote from: catacarbv5 on Yesterday at 20:59:23 Hi, I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In June 2008, our stupid city council voted to scrap the trolley-bus network by 2010, and then through a haste decision in 2009, our trolley-bus system was shut down abruptly in May. I have learned that as many as 28 trolleys in excellent working condition were purchased by Plovidiv. I am wondering if these classic American style GMC Fishbowl bodied, Brown Broveri electrical system equipped trolleys have been operating in Plovdiv now? Please post some pictures of them. Very much appreciated. Hi, I'm Troley lover from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I'll say you that these trolleys are still a port of Burgas(Bulgaria) and we do not know when it will arrive. If they do not come to 30th January the state will confiscate them.
  5. I didn't give any hope that I could still ride the Translohr tram during my stay in Shanghai, I would be contended to take photos of empty cars conducting road tests. The location where I took the photo, in Zhangjiang High Tech Park, longitudinal streets are named after foreingn scientists, in this case Daerwen (Charles Darwin) Road; and latitudinal streets are named after ancient Chinese scientists, in this case Huatuo, a herblist/accupuncturist/surgeon/anathesiologist. But on the morming of December 30th, 2009, while listening to radio news on AM channel 990, I suddenly heard the breaking news that Translohr tram was to start revenue service on the following morning. Since AM 990 was the municipal government radio station, this was the official announcement of the exact date of service operation of the long anticipated tram line, and I was absolutely thrilled by the news. It was not until last Friday, January 8th, the day before my daparture from Shanghai back to Edmonton, when I finally had a chance to ride the cutting edge tram. The ridership was OK given the service was only inaugurated one week ago. The speed limit was 40km/hr, but it was a very smooth ride, smoother than the shoddy Sunwin trolley-bus. To open the door, one would have to press the green door button to activate the door, and each tram was crewed by one conductor whose responsibitlity was to supervisor the fare payment, and a driver. I gradually realized that in a place as vastly open as Shanghai, Zhangjiang High Tech was the place best suited for the Translohr. Here it was not far from downtown Shanghai and linked by an existing subway line, traffic was relatively light to cause conflict with the tram way, and with the establishment of industrial park, provided a steady flow of ridership. After the ride, I gave a sincere well wish to this rubber tire tram system for her eventual success and very bright future.
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    Subway/Metro in China

    Line 11, being a suburban line, will employ the fastest metro trains in Shanghai in order to reduce the travel time from Jiading to downtown Shanghai, the top speed can reach 100 km/hr. Jiading (嘉定) town is a satellite town in the northwestern part of the municipality of Shanghai. it is the administrative town of Jiading District. The first phase of line 11 is 33 km in total length with a starting point at Jiangsu Road (江苏路) which connects with Line 2, the end point is Jiading (town) North. The first phase also include a branch line to Anting (安亭) town (which is also in Jiading District) where Shanghai's automotive industry is situated (The Volkswagon group is located here). However this branch line will not open on December 31st. The future plan for line 11 is to extend beyond Jiading District into neighboring Jiangsu Province (江苏省)。 Line 9 second phase, starts from Yishan Road (宜山路), going east mainly under Zhaojiabang Road (肇嘉帮路), cross River Huangpu, and eventually terminate at Century Avenue (世纪大道) to join Lines 2, 4, and 6. Thus Century Avenue Station becomes the biggest metro exchange hub in Shanghai. The 2nd phase extension is about 12 km in total length, therefore bring the total milage of line 9 to 43km, surpassing the current longest metro line in Shanghai, the line 3, which stands at 40.1km. Like Line 7 which inaugurated in December 5th, during the test operation period, both Line 11 and Line 9 second phase will only operate between 9am and 4pm.
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    Subway/Metro in China

    I was listening news from the official Shanghai government radio station this morning (December 28th). It is now official that second phase extension of Line 9 and first phase of line 11 will commence service simultaneously on New Years eve, December 31st
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    Subway/Metro in China

    Winter Solstice Day chaos in Shanghai Yesterday, Shanghai Metro Line 1 was hit by two separate incidents which caused massive chaos. First at 5:50am, a power failure incident took place between South Shaan'xi Road Station and People's Square stations, trains have to be short turned between Xinzhuang (莘庄) station and Xujiahui (徐家汇) station at south, and between Shanghai Rail-way Station and Fujin Road (富锦路) station at north. Bashi Group deployed more than 80 buses to shuttle passengers between Rail-way Station and Xujiahui. Then by 7:00, train 150 when approaching Shanghai Rail-way Station, ran a stop signal when switching from southbound track to northbound track, causing a lateral collision with train 117. Although both trains were running at low speed and no injury was sustained, from a photo on the headline of Shanghai Evening Post, the driver's cabin area of train 150 sustained heavy damage. Metro Line 1 is the most heavily utilized subway system in Shanghai, the accidents caused massive chaos with millions of commuters late for work, buses and taxi cabs were cramped with metro passengers scrambling for other alternatives.
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    South LRT Update

    I will bring some photos of Shanghai Metro Line 7 back from my next trip. Line 7 commence service this on Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Took only 4 years to build this 34km subway which is entirely underground, and Edmonton takes 4 years to build 7 km of LRT above ground, talking about efficiency.
  10. Some pictures of 25 entering very narrow back alley street of South Chongming Road (南崇明路) A Sign that says "Route 25 trolley-bus, kai-zi to turn left", kai-zi(开字) means apply power to activate switch. Trolleys entering the South Chongming Road Terminus
  11. Let's take a look of some photos of trolleys around construction site, here I am standing at the intersection of North Henan Road and Tiantong Road (河南北路天潼路口). The intersection is undergoing a subway station construction for Shanghai Metro Line 10. Looking toward east on Tiantong Road, an approaching Sunwin trolley on route 25 is about to turn right onto North Henan Road (westbound turning northbound). Notice the chaos at the intersection, North Henan Road has the green light, but the motor tricycle and the guy on bicycle traveling east on Tiantong Road went straight into the intersection with no regard to red light what-so-ever. Trolley on routing 19 turning from North Henan Road to Tiantong (northbound turning eastbound). Looking toward south on North Henan Road, northbound trolleys have to snake through an S shape temporary path to get around the corner that is cordoned off for construction. Still facing south, looking at the northbound wires, route 19 coasts through the switch to make the right turn, while routes 14 and 15 have to activate the switch to go straight north. Both pictures are looking toward east, an eastbound H0A trolley on route 25, notice the cluttery trolley wires. An H0A trolley on route 19 turning south. North Henan Road, looking toward north at the intersection. Tiantong Road, looking toward west. Still Tiantong Road, looking toward east. Trolleys climbing the bridge. Henan Road bridge (河南路桥)is situated about 150 south of the Henan/Tiantong Intersection.
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    2009 Edmonton and Area Spotting

    That is a piece of industrial area, there is no church there, besides church doesn't need 5 hours of bus service. Where is Captain?
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    2009 Edmonton and Area Spotting

    I just saw a 70 turning from 39th Ave easbound to 97th Street northbound, there was even a northbound stop the intersection. Checked the schedule and map, the 97street routing is not on the map. More interestingly, going to Mill Woods and going to Whyte Ave are looping in the same direction, that is east on 39th, north on 97th, both stopping at bus stop # 3982. The stopping time is from 9:41 to 14:41 going toward Whyte Ave, and from 10:11 to 15:11 going toward Millwoods. Can anybody explain this routing, and through which avenue does it come back to 99th Street? Is it 45th Avenue?
  14. SHANGHAI — A Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff from Shanghai's main airport Saturday, killing three American crew members and injuring four others on board. The accident closed two runways at the Pudong airport in China's largest city for several hours. More than 30 international flights were delayed, leaving about 4,000 travelers stranded on planes or in airport lounges, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The MD-11 cargo plane, operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, was heading to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Xinhua said. Avient's chief operating officer, Simon Clarke, refused to say what cargo it was carrying. The aircraft's tail struck the ground on takeoff, China Central Television reported, and Xinhua said the plane veered off the runway and burst into flames. Footage showed black smoke billowing from the wreckage. Three Americans on the seven-member crew died and a fourth was injured, U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan told The Associated Press. He did not give their names, saying the embassy had not yet asked their families for permission to release the information. Shanghai television showed what it called a 61-year-old American co-pilot in a hospital bed, conscious and saying, "Thank you" to staff and officials. The TV report said the other crew members were from Indonesia, Belgium and Zimbabwe. Clarke said the crash was Avient's first. "We're trying to ascertain the facts and the circumstances," he said. "It would be premature to release any information before that." The company's site says it is "fully trained to move most categories of dangerous goods," but it adds, "as a company policy we do not carry any arms and/or ammunition." In March, another MD-11 cargo plane crashed and exploded while landing at Japan's largest international airport, killing its two American pilots. Xinhua said another MD-11 with Korean Air crashed shortly after takeoff 10 years ago at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport. The Pudong airport, located by the East China Sea, opened a cargo facility in March 2008 that officials said was aimed at making Shanghai the cargo hub of Asia by 2010. http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/11/27/3...-crash-in-china