Thursday, April 14, 2011

Two stories I find interesting....

I just thought about posting some local Korean news to the blog....This is a post comparing two stories. Enjoy

Bullet Train to Put Anywhere in Korea in 90 Minutes' Reach

Expansion of the KTX bullet train network will make it possible to reach any major city of the country within an hour and a half by 2020, in theory permitting workers to commute from any part of the country. 

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs on Sunday said the rail network expansion plan is aimed at drastically boosting efficiency and connectivity by 2020. 

According to the plan, the high-speed sections where the KTX can run at a speed of more than 230 km/h will be expanded about 6.4-fold from the current 368.5 km between Seoul and Busan to 2,362.4 km crisscrossing the country by 2020. 

One loose nut derailed KTX train - INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Temporary repairmen made mistakes, didn’t inform control center staff
KTX 운행 중 첫 탈선 사고
February 15, 2011

The KTX train derailed on a track near Gwangmyeong Station on Friday. [YONHAP]
Human error was responsible for the derailing of a KTX train last Friday - lots of human error.

And the Blue House announced yesterday that three of the 10 cars on the derailed train were private cars for President Lee Myung-bak, though the president wasn’t on board at the time.

According to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs yesterday, the train was derailed by a small nut and bolt in a switching box that hadn’t been tightened by a repairman.

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