The 100-kilometer Hunchun-Makhalino Railway between northeast China’s Jilin province and Russia is to resume operations in May.
Jilin-based Northeast Asia Railway Group owns the Chinese stretch of 81 km, while the 20.3-km stretch in Russia belongs to a private Russian company, JSC Golden Link.
Constructed in 1999 and put into operation in 2000, the railway was designed to carry 3 million tons of freight annually. That did not happen. The problem seems to have been a lack of operational coordination between JSC Golden Link and state-owned JSC Russian Railways, which owns the rail network in Russia.
CRIENGLISH.com reports freight transport on the line has been suspended since September 2004 and the line has carried only 52,000 tons of freight since it started operation.