This mysterious train seems to be created headlines in recent past, over Kim Jong visit China. Not to be surprised, the train believed to be having a great history and been part of significant events of North Korea.
The mysterious train that pulled into Beijing’s central train station on Monday night is now known to have been carrying Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, who arrived in the capital for secret talks with his Chinese counterpart.
Father Kim Jong-il was rumored to have had a fear of flying and preferred to travel on his train, which was outfitted with modern communications technology and a large staff that catered to his whims.
Fully Loaded Bullet Proof Armour:
The train spotted in Beijing — 21 cars painted drab green, their windows tinted to obscure the identities of those on board — bore the hallmarks of the bulletproof private transports preferred by the mistrustful leaders of North Korea.
Both Mr. Kim’s father and grandfather, the country’s former leaders, traveled in similar style on rare foreign trips, stoking decades of intrigue and interest about the trains.
The train seems to be more powerful than a speeding bullet, but much slower. There are believed to be at least 90 high-security carriages at the leader’s disposal, according to a 2009 South Korea news report that relied on classified information. According to the internet report, written during the era of Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, three trains operate each time the leader travels: an advance security train, the leader’s train and a third carrying additional bodyguards and supplies.
Each of the carriages is bulletproof, making them thousands of pounds heavier than average. That additional weight translates to a slow ride. The trains are estimated to reach a maximum speed of just 37 miles per hour.
Twenty train stations have been built across North Korea just for the leader’s personal use, according to the internet reports.
In Kim Jong-il’s time, according to the 2009 report, 100 security officers traveled in the advance train, searching stations for bombs and other threats and testing the safety of the track. Additionally, military helicopters and airplanes would fly overhead to provide more security.
Mr. Kim is seated at a table filled with food as entertainers perform in tuxedos and evening gowns.
Based on internet reports, Mr. Kim insisted that live lobster and other fresh delicacies be delivered to the train as it crossed Siberia on trips to Russia. Cases of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines were flown in from Paris. It was possible to order any dish of Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and French cuisine.
When bored, Mr. Kim father relied on a group of female entertainers known as lady conductors to serenade him in Korean and Russian.
It is unknown what his son, Kim Jong-un, does for nourishment and entertainment while on board, but the younger Mr. Kim’s appetite is known to rival his father’s. He reportedly prefers Swiss cheese, Cristal Champagne, and Hennessy cognac.
Train with tragedy:
More than 3,000 people were killed in Ryongchon, near the Chinese border, in April 2004, when trains laden with combustible material exploded because of a collision or an electrical malfunction.
There were initial rumours that the explosion was part of an attempt on Kim Jong-il’s life because the leader’s train had passed through the town hours earlier.
Kim Jong-un arrived on the train in Beijing on Monday, he met with Chinese officials to prepare for planned peace talks with South Korea and the United States.