Putin Builds North Korea Rail to Circumvent Suez Canal

 
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Vladimir Putin is inching closer to his goal of turning Russia into a major transit route for trade between eastern Asia and Europe by prying open North Korea, a nuclear-capable dictatorship isolated for half a century.



Russia last month completed the first land link that North Korea’s Stalinist regime has allowed to the outside world since 2003. Running between Khasan in Russia’s southeastern corner and North Korea’s rebuilt port of Rajin, the 54-kilometer rail link is part of a project President Putin is pushing that would reunite the railway systems of the two Koreas and tie them to the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Putin Builds North Korea Rail to Circumvent Suez Canal


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This is big news.  How will Putin handle break-of-gauge for North Korea or are they going to lay russian gauge directly to the North Korea ports or is it the other way around?

North Korean Gauge to the Russian yard at Khasan, Primorsky Krai, Russia and then onto Russian Gauge across to the European networks?

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Brian

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Attached below is the area I believe covers the rebuilt port in North Korea.



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Brian
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This is big news.  How will Putin handle break-of-gauge for North Korea or are they going to lay russian gauge directly to the North Korea ports or is it the other way around?

North Korean Gauge to the Russian yard at Khasan, Primorsky Krai, Russia and then onto Russian Gauge across to the European networks?

Regards
Brian
bevans

Not big news - it's hardly a story at all.

Just journalists clutching at straws because they've run out of anything meaningful to write about.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Doing a little research between meetings revealed the following:

Rajin Station is on the Pyongra Line, Hambuk Line. The railway Khasan–Rajin, originally built in 1954, connects the port of Rajin with the Russian Khasan on the river Tumen; the river is the frontier towards the Russian Sibiria. The railway has been renewed between 2008-2013.

As the track is built using four rails both Russian broad gauge as well as Korean standard gauge trains can access the port of Rajin.
Wikipedia

So both Russian side as both gauges as does the port at Rajin.

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Brian
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Direct LinkRussian Railways and its counterparts in China and Germany in August introduced a direct link between Hamburg and Zhengzhou in north-central China that takes as little as 15 days and travels through [color=#0066cc]Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland.[/color]
“Our goal is a daily service,” Ruediger Grube, CEO of [color=#0066cc]Deutsche Bahn AG, said after 51 shipping containers of goods from China arrived in Hamburg by train Aug. 2.[/color]
The Russian and German rail operators opened an 11,000-kilometer service between Chongqing in southwest China and the German transport hub of Duisburg via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland in 2011. The travel time varies from 16 days to 23 days, according DB Schenker, Deutsche Bahn’s cargo unit.
Major customers include Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, which ships auto parts west to factories in China, and [color=#0066cc]Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), which transports computers the other way.[/color]
While the Chongqing line is focused on shipments between Europe and China, the Korean link caters to traffic between Europe and the rest of eastern Asia, Russian Railways said. China, Japan and South Korea together account for about a quarter of the global economy.
Korean SupportPutin has urged South Korean President Park Geun Hye, who assumed office in February, to work with North Korea on relinking their rail networks, most recently last month at the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg. Park publicly affirmed her commitment to reunifying the Trans-Korean when she met with officials in Busan, South Korea’s largest port, in July.
Putin plans to make his third state visit to [color=#0066cc]Seoul for talks with Park in mid-November, [color=#0066cc]Chosun Ilbo[/color] reported Oct. 1, without saying where it got the information. Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, declined to comment on the report.[/color]
North and South Korea resumed cross-border rail service in 2007 for the first time in 56 years amid a mood of detente, though North Korea closed it down after 18 months and hasn’t reopened it since.
“I have personally dreamed of a railway that starts at Busan and reaches Europe via Russia,” Park told Putin at the summit, according to the website of her presidential Blue House office. “It is an important agenda item for the new government to strengthen Eurasia cooperation.”

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