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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February H, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE H6RALB =� 3f Peking has subway with a difference By JOHN' BURN.S c|)ecial to The Herald PEKING -There can be few subways in the world which still boast a five cent fare, and fewer still which adorn their station platforms with spitoons. In Peking, where things are rarely commonplace, the subway has both - and much more that is unfamiliar to commuters from foreign lands. It is clean, crime-free, and devoid of advertising, unless political slogans and portraits of Chairman Mao are to be classed as such. , It may also be the most under-utilized mass transit system in existence anywhere, functioning more as a showpiece than as a public utility. Completed nearly four years ago at a cost of $205-million, it runs 15 miles from the city centre to a terminus in the western suburbs. Having insisted for more than three years that the line was in the experimental stage, officials now say it is in regular operation. In a city of four million people, potential traffic volume is huge - yet the officials say a maximum of 60,000 passengers ride the line daily. OVERFLOW Meanwhile, buses running on a parallel route are often packed to overflowing, with line-ups at bus-stops near to deserted subway stations. The officials acknowledge thai traffic is low, but insist that the line is indeed open - to all except foreigners, who must have special permission. They say that even this restriction will be removed later, when all the technical problems are resolved and the line goes into "full operation." For the time being, the line operates at about a third of its designed capacity, with four trains an hour in each direction for 12 hours a day. The conclusion reached by most foreigners is that the passengers seen riding the system are mostly first-time riders taking demonstration runs. The conclusion was supported by a chance interview at one of the stations, when the first ticket-holder approached said he was a visitor from out of town. WAITED The ticket - holder was one of about 100 waiting to be ;: admitted to the platform at the downtown terminus of the line, beneath the main railway station. It was the only station along the line that passengers could be seen waiting, all the others being deserted except for : subway staff. There are 16 stations altogether, each finished in a different - colored marble - pink, black, green - quarried 2,000 � miles away in the province of Yunnan.  In line with the policiy of selfreliance laid down when the " project was launched in 1955, all the rolling stock and electronic " gear was made in China. ; The locomotives and the cars were manufactured in the Manohurian city of Changchun, along lines similar to modern * equipment produced in the west. " The four-car trains are painted cream and green, each car, accomodating a maximum of 300 people, 60 of them itting down. The ride is smooth, but noisy, and there is no heating in the oars, making for a rather chilly journey in the winter. PROBLEM Drainage is apparently a problem, as a freak down- 46 tons of rusting metal rescued OTTAWA (CP) - An Ottawa couple and the National War Museum have come to the rescue of 46 tons of rusting metal. Second Wor'ld War antique enthusiasts now may take a look at a genuine 1940 Churchill Great Eastern Ramp tank behind the War Museum's annex. The Churchills, each outfitted with a ramp, were designed to allow fighting tanks passage over concrete walls. But to Bob and Sherry Car-riere, finding the prize was only pail of the fun. What they really enjoyed was restoring it. The bug for restoring relics began when the Carrieres were looking for a camper and came across a 1952 army truck that caught their eye and imagination. They bought the truck for $800 and spent that much again to restore it. "I tried to keep it as original as I could," said Bob. "It has all the convoy lights and will go places a car can't go." The Carrieres found two Churchills in a field near Kemptville. 15 miles south of Ottawa, and talked the War Museum into buying one. The museum trucked the vehicle to Ottawa and the Carrieres went to work. Looking for spare parts, the Carrieres came upon Andre Moreau, a mechanic for a bus company, and formed a part-nerslsip with the fellow military vehicle enthusiast. Now the group has found "Hughie." That's the term for a Heavy Utilities Wireless vehicle (HUW) they located with the help of friends. For the future, the Carrieres and Andre Moreau hope to locate more military vehicle bugs and form a club. "There's bound to be a lot more people as crazy as wo are," thinks Bob. And what's a club without a n a in e? Well, how about Military' Vehicle Restoration Club? Inside train . . . first picture allowed to be taken pour last summer shut the whole system down, stalling trains in the tunnels for hours. Otherwise, the complex - stations, trains, cars - seems to he a fair match for most subways in the west, and better than some. Eventually, subways will be built in other Chinese cities, lor example Shanghai, but for now the emphasis is on developing the Peking line. Work has been underway for a year already on a 12-mile extension to the present system, in the form of a loop across the north end of the city. When it will be ready no-one will say, but round-the-clock shifts by construction men from the army's engineering corps indicate it has a high priority. And what about that five cent fare - will it go the way of all five cent fares as the huge bills for development work pour' in? "The fare is just", says one official. "It is in line with the needs of the people and of the state." Unlike others . no crime or advertising f trestone STORES Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 ^ ^ ^ 1 t- * Tir�.lone FRONT WHEEL I i DISC BRAKE ! J SERVICE !$ ftrestone DRUM BRAKE RELINE 88 I | fire*tone VW DRUM BRAKE RELINE AA38; $#)�*88! $ A A88i ^U^rJ �m9^\ I BUY 3 � SHOCK ABSORBERS i I at the regular price, I I I Get the I fourth | for I 88 28 "�W ^IWW^ . 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