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March 14 1902 -- A ground-breaking ceremony is held in Mapo, central Seoul, to mark the beginning of construction on the Gyeongui railway linking Sinuiju, a city on the Korean Peninsula's border with China, and Busan, a southeastern port city. 1940 -- A cruise ship capsizes in the sea off Tongyeong, a city in South Gyeongsang Province. 1951 -- The South Korean army and United Nations forces retake Seoul after it was occupied by the North Korean People's Army during the Korean War.

Rail operator OKs plan for new high-speed train unit

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- The state rail operator on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to set up a subsidiary for new high-speed train operations, deepening its conflict with thousands of striking workers who call it a prelude to privatization. The decision, approved by the board of directors of Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), came a day after the labor union launched a strike against the establishment of the affiliate that will be in charge of running the Suseo line departing from southern Seoul.

Rail operator OKs plan for new high-speed train unit

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- The state rail operator on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to set up a subsidiary for new high-speed train operations, deepening its conflict with unionized workers who call it a prelude to privatization. The decision, approved by the board of directors of Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), came a day after the labor union launched a strike against the establishment of the affiliate that will be in charge of running the Suseo line departing from southern Seoul.

Rail operator OKs plan for new high-speed train unit

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- The state rail operator on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to set up a subsidiary for new high-speed train operations, deepening its conflict with unionized workers who call it a prelude to privatization. The decision, approved by the board of directors of Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), came a day after the labor union launched a strike against the establishment of the affiliate that will be in charge of running the Suseo line departing from southern Seoul.

Bullet train collision halts Seoul-Busan rail traffic

DAEGU, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- Two passenger trains collided Saturday near Daegu station bringing all rail traffic between Seoul and Busan to a standstill, authorities said. Korea Railroad Corp. (KOTRAIL) said the accident, which took place some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, involved a KTX bullet train and a Mugungwha passenger train. It said no one was seriously injured or killed although some passengers suffered abrasions. All passengers on both trains were safely evacuated and taken by bus or taxi to nearby East Daegu Station.

Spain train driver on phone at time of deadly crash

The driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was on the phone to a coworker at the time of the accident, while the train was racing at nearly twice the speed limit, investigators said Tuesday. The train's two data recording "black boxes" showed that moments before the crash the train was travelling at 192 kilometres (119 miles) per hour, said the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia, which is leading the investigation.

Driver in Spain train crash held for 'reckless homicide'

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced possible charges of "reckless homicide" as police on Saturday identified the last three victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. As Spain mourned, the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela where the crash occurred prepared a memorial service for the victims Monday in its cathedral, a destination for Catholic pilgrims from around the world.

Driver in Spain train crash held for 'reckless homicide'

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced possible charges of "reckless homicide" as doctors worked on Saturday to identify the last three victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. As Spain mourned, the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela where the crash occurred prepared a memorial service for the victims Monday in its cathedral, a destination for Catholic pilgrims from around the world.

Driver in Spain train crash admits going 190 kph

A driver of the train that derailed in northeastern Spain on Wednesday night has admitted he was going at more than twice the speed limit, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. Citing sources from the investigation into the crash, the paper reported that the driver said he was travelling at 190 kilometres (118 miles) an hour in the urban zone around the city of Santiago de Compostela, where the speed limit is just 80 kph.

Gov't unveils plan to improve railroad service, profitability

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- The government on Wednesday announced a plan to improve railroad services, a move that includes a division of the state-run operator of railroad services into several subsidiaries. The move is also aimed at improving the fiscal soundness of the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), whose failed investment in a Yongsan development project further aggravated its debt crisis.
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