In pics: China's only military railway

China Military
Zhang Tao

A train runs on China’s only military railway stretching across the desert.

A railway stretching across the desert is the only military railway in China. Before the highway was open to traffic, it was the only way connecting the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center with the outside world. Now, besides transporting daily necessities, the railway's main mission is to transport rockets and satellites to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

The railway is approximately 300 kilometers long, with a total of 36 stops. Troops stationed along the rail mainly undertake the mission of maintaining the rail tracks and guarding the special trains transporting experimental equipment.

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