I am going through some new satellite imagery of the Pyongyang area and wanted to point out a new highlight:
Among the many things that Kim Jong-un inherited from his father is a new, exclusive train station built just across the river from the family’s Kangdong estate (39.198864°, 126.016210°).
Google Earth images. (L) 2006-12-17 (R) 2011-11-13.
Pictured above are two Google Earth screen shots of the Kangdong complex (highlighted in red). The new train station can be seen to the north west of the compound on the opposite side of the river.
The station compound is 780 meters in length, and there is no train visible. Although the satellite image is dated 2011-11-13, it is unclear if this facility has ever been used–this is the only commerically available photo of the station. It is also worth noting that a village just north of the station has been removed.
This new train station is connected to the national railway system at the Phyongsong Station via a dedicated line that is approximately 11.5km long.
Google Earth offers an interesting perspective of the railway line construction:
In the images above (TOP: 2009-4-16, BOTTOM-L: 2010-3-28, BOTTOM-R: 2011-11-13) We can see the construction of the railway line. A nearby factory was torn down to make room for the tracks.
This dedicated line has one branch that is under construction and extends south towards the Taedong Fruit Farm before abruptly ending.
The Kangdong facility itself has also received a few new additions:
Pictured above are two different Google Earth images of part of the Kangdong Leadership Compound. (L) 2006 (R) 2011.
Judging from these satellite images, the Kandgong leadership compound has received a new residency (for Kim Jong-un?) in the upper-right side of the 2011 photo, a new support facility (bottom-center), and new sports facilities (top-center). On the left side of the photo is a peculiar area that appears to be a tree farm, but in all honesty, I can’t say with any confidence what it is. Ideas welcome.