Chinese officials confirmed on August 9 that the recently-opened Golmud - Lhasa railway is to be extended to serve Tibet’s second-largest city. Work on the 270 km extension to Xigaze is due to start in 2007 for completion within three years.

CAPTION: Now on test in Sydney are the first of 122 ’Oscar’ outer-suburban EMU cars being built for CityRail by United Goninan, which are due to enter service this year. Formed of driving trailers and intermediate motor cars, the ’H sets’ will run on the North Shore route between Sydney and Newcastle, displacing the Tangara-derived ’G sets’ for use on the orbital Chatswood - Epping - Paramatta line now under construction

Photo: John Dunn