The Impact of Chinese and Russian Railway Systems

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First we will discuss the Chinese rail system. We will then discuss the impact the rail system has on the movement of people and goods. Finally we will discuss the impact the Trans-Siberian has on Russia. Chinese Rail System

The Chinese rail system is an integral part of the Chinese economy and impacts the long distance travel of Chinese citizens. “the country's railway network has grown from 78,000 km at the end of 2007 to 91,000 km at the end of 2010, and is expected to grow to 110,000 km by the end of 2012. Growth in freight transport is thought to be one of the drivers behind the increased focus on rail, and the need to increase capacity to meet rising demand”. (Wikipedia, 2013) The expansion of the rail lines are said to cost 1.8 million dollars and has been increasing in size for the last thirty years. Impact of the Chinese Rail System

The impact of the Chinese rail system can be summed up into a couple of sentences. “In 2010, China’s investments into railway construction showed a growth rate of above 100%. The demand for railway transport equipment such as locomotive, freight wagon, passenger coach, etc. brought by China’s railway construction will bring along the rapid development of railway transport equipment industry”. (ChinaTravelDepot.com) This urban rail system that carries passengers normally runs on electricity. It is said to have a far larger capacity for moving passengers than that of a highway with the population as large as Chinas. The goods transported using freight trains make China one of the four largest freight transporters in the work along with the U.S, Canada, and Russia. This also allows China and the other top four countries to charge the least when it comes to the cost of shipping using the freight rail lines. What does the Trans-Siberian Railroad mean to Russia

The Trans-Siberian rail lines are an extremely important part of the Russian economy. It allowed the farmlands to transport grains to other parts of Russia and...
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