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Rails Used for Shanghai-Wusong Railway Discovered


Wang Zheng


  The rails with a history of 124 years used for Shanghai-Wusong Railway were stored in the historical showroom of Nanxiang Station.

  The United Kingdom built the world’s first commercial railway in 1825. Half a century later, Shanghai-Jiangwan Section of Wusong Railway was put into operation in July, 1876. The whole Wusong Railway opened to traffic in December that year.

  Wusong Railway returned to China in 1877 when Shen Baozhen, Governor General of Jiangnan and Jiangxi Provinces, ordered its dismantling. In 1895, Zhang Zhidong, Governor General of Hubei and Hunan Provinces, suggested the emperor to build the Shanghai-Nanjing Railway. The construction of Shanghai-Wusong Railway, in the same direction as the original Wusong railway, was started in 1897 and completed in 1898.

  According to the authority, the two light rails were both built in 1893. They witnessed the ordeals that China railway went through.

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