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#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outIRAN: Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country. Full map of Iranian railways in the Railway Gazette Knowledge Hub.According to RAI Chief Executive Saeed Rasouli, the railway initially expects to operate three trains a week each way between Bostanabad and the capital.Completion of the cut-off will shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route by around 100 km compared to existing line through Maragheh. RAI expects to reduce the current 12 h journey time between the two cities around by 5 h 30 min. The new route is forecast to carry 2 million passengers and 7 million tonnes of freight over the next two decades. zoom inzoom outThe 132 km southern section of the new line, between Mianeh and Bostanabad, was formally inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to the East Azerbaijan province on November 27.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outUnder construction since 2000, at an estimated cost of 5tr rials, the line has been built by the State Company for Construction & Development of Transport Infrastructure. It diverges from the existing 736 km Tehran – Tabriz route at Mianeh, 436 km from the capital, and runs through Turkman Chay and Tekmeh Dash. The remaining 71 km from Bostanabad to Tabriz via Basmenj is expected to open by March 2020.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
Jour Polaire, Victoria Mile IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Seventh-favorite Red Advancer was overtaken at the line by the two top finishers and settled a neck behind for third in the 1,600-meter turf race for fillies and mares age 4 and up.Defending champion Admire Lead, ridden by Italian Mirco Demuro, finished eighth.The 5-year-old Jour Polaire improved on her third-place finish here last year and was just 0.8 second shy of the record set by Straight Girl in 2016. She earned ¥105 million in prize money for the win.But the maiden G1 title once again eluded Lys Gracieux, who has finished in the top three in 11 of her 13 starts.The 4-year-old filly was ridden by veteran jockey Yutaka Take, who recently turned 49 and is now just four shy of 500 rides at the G1 level. KEYWORDS Eighth-favorite Jour Polaire bested the all-female pack on the outside Sunday to capture the 13th running of the Victoria Mile and earn her first Grade 1 victory.Jour Polaire, ridden by Hideaki Miyuki, held steady in the middle of the group before outdistancing the leaders in a late run against the rain at Tokyo Racecourse. She finished in 1 minute, 32.3 seconds, edging race-favorite Lys Gracieux into second by a nose. Jour Polaire (second from left) comes home to win the Victoria Mile on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. | KYODO