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Shanghai South railway station

Shanghai South station, is a railway station in the city of Shanghai, China. Located in the Xuhui District, its importance is second only to the Shanghai railway station. After extensive renovation, finished in 2006, the station features a modern circular design, the first of its kind in the world; the station was expected to handle 15 million passengers annually. Shanghai South serves most trains to cities of Zhejiang and the Southern provinces of China, excluding the Shanghai-Hong Kong Route. Without a Customs/Immigration checkpoint it is not capable of clearing passengers straight to Hong Kong, it is possible to catch high-speed services to West Kowloon station in Hong Kong via Shanghai Hongqiao railway station: - customs and immigration clearance is done in Hong Kong. Shanghai South railway station serves as the starting point for the Jinshan railway, running via Xinzhuang in Minhang District to Jinshanwei in Jinshan District, crossing the Huangpu River on a dedicated railway bridge. Shanghai South station was constructed in 1908 as the terminus of the Shanghai-Hangzhou railway line.

In 1937 during the Battle of Shanghai, part of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese advanced towards the station in an action known as Bloody Saturday. The fighting killed many civilians. An extensive redesign has been carried out until 2006 by AREP, ECADI and MaP3, making the new station the world's first circular railway station. With the reopening, two minor Shanghai railway stations have been closed: Shanghai West in Putuo District and Meilong station near Jinjiang Park. All railway connections of these stations have been moved to Shanghai South station, according to estimates, up to 40% of passengers of Shanghai station will be diverted to the new station. A station fire occurred on April 24, 2010 at 4 pm, extinguished in 30 minutes; the Station is located in the southwestern part of occupying sixty hectares of land. Contrary to most Chinese railway stations, the new look of South Station has a clean, airport-like look and feel; the station itself is has a diameter of some 270 meters.

It is made out of polycarbonate and aluminium sunblades, supported by 18 branch-shaped beams resting on 3 columns each. The steel structure weight is 6000 T, for 56 000 square meters, a 150 m maximum span; the steel structure was built by Shanghai Jiangnan shipyard and erected by SMCC. The trains arrive below the waiting areas, which are not interrupted by the structure itself, divided into three levels; the mid-level contains the station platforms, at the same rough height as ground level, contains thirteen tracks and six passenger platforms. The VIP waiting section and the Public Security Office is on this level. In addition the mid-level has direct access to the southern squares; the upper level is the departure level. With a circumference of over 800 meters, the waiting area can fit over 10,000 passengers at any given time. Passenger tickets are validated in this area; the lower level is the arrivals level, which contains various tunnels to exit the station and the waiting area of the Line 1 and Line 3 in the Shanghai Metro system.

In the future it will contain a transfer tunnel to the newly opened L1 Line as well as access to long-distance and tourist buses. The underground level of the North and South Squares has various commercial establishments and a parking lot; the soft-seat waiting area requires a soft-class train ticket to access. The seating in the area is more comfortable, it is an enclosed area, with security personnel on shift at the entrances; the regular waiting area is in the middle of the station, can house thousands of passengers. The VIP waiting area is only accessible with special identification, such as diplomatic documents. Shanghai South is serviced by Shanghai Metro Line 1 or Line 3 via the interchange station of the same name, within walking distance of the train station. Transfer corridors in the station building allow indoor transfer between the train station and the metro station. Rapid transit in the People's Republic of China Shanghai, Shanghai North, Shanghai West, Hongqiao railway stations Shanghai Delta news Circular station is centre of attraction Shanghai South Railway Station Shanghai Train Guide - Timetables & Tips & Routes & Schedule

West of Scotland Junior Cup

The West of Scotland Junior Challenge Cup is an annual Scottish football competition played in a one-leg knockout format, organised by the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association. The tournament has its origins in the Intermediate dispute of the 1920s, in which most of the leading Junior clubs in the west of Scotland left the Scottish Junior Football Association and formed their own Scottish Intermediate Football Association in 1927, which organised new leagues and cups similar to those run by the SJFA, including the Scottish Intermediate Cup as a replication of the flagship Junior competition, the Scottish Junior Cup; the dispute was resolved in 1931, the rebel clubs rejoined the SJFA and the competitions were continued, with the Scottish Intermediate Cup re-designated the West of Scotland Cup, below the Scottish Cup in the hierarchy. It was open only to the clubs, in the intermediates but by 1949 this had been extended to other clubs which had joined those leagues – notably a group in southern Ayrshire – and those in the Lanarkshire League which had continued during the dispute, with a total of 82 clubs entering the 1949–50 edition.

The format has remained unchanged since, with mergers in the leagues not affecting involvement in the West Cup. From 2003 until 2012, the winners qualified for the Evening Times Cup Winners Cup along with the other league and cup winners in the region; the current holders are Beith Juniors who defeated Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a Penalty shoot-out at the final played at Meadow Park in Irvine. The Junior competition should not be confused with the West Of Scotland Amateur Cup operated by the Scottish Amateur Football Association, encompassing a similar geographical area and occupying a similar prominence below the Scottish Amateur Cup, nor with a West of Scotland Cup for Under-21 teams operated by the Scottish Youth FA. = Won after a replay/2nd replay. = Result after extra time. = Won on penalties. As of after 2018–19 competition. McGlone, David; the Juniors - 100 Years. A Centenary History of Scottish Junior Football. Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-060-3. Results and Fixtures at Scottish Junior Football Association