Presidential "Train One" makes first public appearance in S. Korea

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : December 20, 2017, 11:04 | Updated : December 20, 2017, 11:04

[Courtesy of the presidential Blue House ]

 

[Courtesy of the presidential Blue House ]


SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Aju News) -- "Train One", a special train used exclusively by President Moon Jae-in, made its first public appearance this week, running on a new rail line built for South Korea's first Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The presidential train was put into service in 1979, but its operation has been a top secret for security reasons because the two Koreas are still technically at war with no peace treaty signed at the end of the 1950-53 war.

Moon opened the lid in a bold campaign to promote the Winter Games, allowing a selected group of citizens and journalists to travel together on his presidential train for the first time on Tuesday.
 

[Courtesy of the presidential Blue House ]

 

[Courtesy of the presidential Blue House]

 

[Courtesy of the presidential Blue House]


The presidential train traveled from Seoul to the eastern port city of Gangneung, a major Winter Olympic hub, for a test ride on the high-speed rail network that will make visitors travel directly from an international airport west of Seoul to Pyeongchang in about two hours.

Moon's office said the eight-carriage train was pulled by two KTX engines used for the country's high-speed rail system. Two carriages are bulletproof with one of them used as an office and the other for a meeting room.
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