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By Susan Harp, Esri Writer
When the section of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway between Golmud in Qinghai Province and Lhasa in Tibet Province opened in July 2006, several worldwide engineering records were set:
To safeguard passengers from altitude sickness, passenger cars have enriched oxygen piped in and have supplemental emergency oxygen systems; even so, passengers must sign a health registration agreement before boarding the train. Even the train's diesel motor locomotives are specifically designed to operate at high altitudes. One year after the official Qinghai-Tibet Railway opening, the railway has carried about 11 million tons of freight and 2.02 million passengersmostly college students, tourists, and business peoplewith very few incidents.
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The State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety relies on state-level key disciplines, including Transportation Planning and Management, Traffic Information and Control, Communication and Information Systems, and Systems Science, which are top-ranking agencies in China. It integrates several key laboratories from provincial and ministerial levels.
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