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Slow train to China March 31, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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As we know Kim Jong-un was on a visit to China this last week. A somewhat distinctive train similar to ones used by Kim Jong-il and his father before him (nothing dynastic about that – eh?) was seen in China before the details of the visit came out. Apparently there were at least six of them, which had access to special stations only used by the leader.

Some of the details are fascinating:

Kim Jong-un likely uses one of his father’s trains. According to Chosun Ilbo, they are protected by armour plate and equipped with satellite phones, flatscreen televisions, conference rooms, bedrooms and reception halls. The trains typically travel at no more than 37mph (60km/h).

That is mighty slow. I love trains, but that would be frustrating I imagine. I wonder what the reason is for that. Any suggestions?

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1. An Sionnach Fionn - March 31, 2018

Presumably it is to ensure a smooth ride for the Great Leader? Plus the wagons supposedly weigh a ton with all the editions, from armour to luxury items. And the physical structure of the railways in N Korea and that part of China are pretty mediocre.

I’m fascinated by railways myself, especially the armoured trains of the Russian revolution/civil war.

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2. CL - March 31, 2018

A more leisurely pace allows the Great Leader to sip a Hennessy cognac or three as he calmly contemplates weighty affairs of state.
https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/slow-and-powerful-mystery-train-from-n-korea

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3. rockroots - March 31, 2018

I was wondering about the summits that are being talked about – I can’t see Kim travelling anywhere other than China, nor foreign leaders visiting the north. Was this visit part of a build-up to those talks?

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4. EWI - March 31, 2018

If the track is sabotaged then less chance of catastrophic derailment, I would guess. Also, the armour might be exceptionally thick.

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5. Daniel Rayner O'Connor - March 31, 2018

In the third Reich, Goering (and, I dare say, Hitler and other leaders, but definitely Goering) had such a train that was kept running at a low speed. it was believed that this was to prevent his bath slopping .

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6. tdf - April 1, 2018

Basically, contrary to what right wingers like to tell themselves, North Korea isn’t remotely socialist by any reasonable standard. It is hard to categorise. A feudal oligarchy, perhaps?

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7. Gerryboy - April 1, 2018

Let’s face it – the regime is crackers.

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WorldbyStorm - April 1, 2018

All about the power. Nothing else. Not left not right not the people – just power and ensuring those who have it hold it.

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Gerryboy - April 1, 2018

Did you ever listen to the English broadcasts of Radio Albania in the 1970s during the regime of that crackpot, Enver Hoxha?
Thankfully North Korean radio doesn’t seem to have an international wavelength.

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