and light metro=
- Changchun light rail
This 12 km
line known as "line 54" built in
new cars in 2000,
but some of the original rolling stock still graces this Manchurian
city of 2 million souls. Originally consisting
of 28 km of track and 98 cars, the Japanese originally planned to build
a metro in the city.
The system was being overhauled
in September, 2000. A 3 km extension was opened for service in December, 2001.
from the People's Daily
opened phase one of a 32 station, 20.5 km light
rail metro termed the "Loop Line" in 2002. The light rail network currently has two lines serving 49 stations. Of the 50.6 k, 1.2 km
while the remainder is elevated and resembles North American style light rail.
According to this site, the subway already
exists. I think they're mistaken, or have had too much Qing Dao. Thre additional lines, all full heavy metro and completely underground, are expected to start construction in late 2012 or early 2013.
more information, contact:
Light Rail Construction Command
601 Shenshui Street, Dongling District
Shenyang, Liaoning Province 110015 CHINA
Mr. Qiu Guangyu
Director, Shenyang Light Rail Construction Command
Vice Director, Shenyang Construction Committee
Tel. (024)2270-0774, 2256-5012, 2256-5020
Changchun is also home to the Changchun Car Company,
which built the rolling stock
in a partnership with Bombardier for the Shenzen metro. The
company has also built cars for the Pyonyang and Tehran metros. The
cars are especially known for their "Axle of Evil", which allows them
to take steep grades while carrying extra loads of opium for the
decadent Western proletariat.