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Old May 31st, 2012, 10:12 PM   #4041
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per news, Dalian-Shenyang-Harbin HSR will open by year-end instead of July 1st.
That's strange, according to the news the line is currently undergoing joint calibration and testing, normally it only takes about a month before cold/hot rolling tests begin, and trial run should be another month away. Not sure why they'd wait under winter starts to put it into operation. Ideally you'd want to first run the line when weather is fairly mild, gradually allowing various system to adapt the the dropping temperature.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 05:12 AM   #4042
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CNR Changchun aims to double exports to $1B
(China Daily USA, May 31)

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CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd, China's largest producer of rolling stock and urban rail cars, aims to double its annual export revenue to $1 billion within five years, General Manager Lu Xiwei told China Daily on Wednesday.

Located in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, CNR Changchun is a subsidiary of China CNR Corp Ltd, the country's second-largest train producer.

Its product range includes high-speed rail cars and subways.
Exports will generate 30 percent of revenue in the next five years, according to the company.

CNR Changchun "is now strongly competitive in production and manufacturing technology in the international market, and our next step is to make greater efforts to explore foreign markets to maintain good momentum for exports," Lu said.

In April, the company signed a contract with Bangladesh to supply traction inverters and network control systems for diesel railcar trains.

The deal is seen as a signal of China's progress in exporting core rail technology.

Amid a weak world economy, many countries are eager to attract foreign investment to establish joint ventures in their local markets. These ventures are especially attractive when recipient countries can obtain advanced technology and promote local employment.



Lu said the company is researching the feasibility of exporting technology to, and localizing production in, South America, South Africa and Southeast Asia.

"Exports of intangible assets, including capital and technology, could yield higher profits than just exporting finished products, Lu said.

"We have realized that it's very difficult to develop in foreign markets only through product exports, so the trend will be a shift from product exports to technology and capital," Lu said.

Establishing joint ventures in foreign markets helps obtain orders in those markets, Lu said.


CNR Changchun has joint ventures in Iran and Australia that design and produce rail and subway cars.

Taking into consideration the operating risks, locally manufactured products "will be priced higher than those exported", Lu said.

Zhou Chuanhe, deputy general manager for overseas operations, said the company's market share in the industry will grow significantly as it establishes factories overseas.

"We will gradually tap into the high-end markets, as we mature in terms of technology, output and management in foreign markets," Zhou said.

"As China's rolling stock industry develops, Chinese products will account for 30 percent of the global market, competing with other industrial giants including Siemens and Alstom," Lu said.

CNR Changchun's exports now account for 65 percent of the nation's rolling stock exports, with more than 4,000 rail cars so far shipped to countries including Brazil, Australia and Thailand.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 12:45 PM   #4043
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http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_15431375.htm
Again waith the HSR exports, I just don't get this awful reporting.
(Also, the new Waratah trains are lovely)
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Old June 1st, 2012, 02:00 PM   #4044
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NE China rail construction halted over environmental violations
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HARBIN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Environmental Protection has brought construction on a railway in northeast China's Heilongjiang province to a halt due to environmental violations, local authorities said Friday.

Further inspections will be conducted for the Harbin-Qiqihar passenger railway, the Heilongjiang provincial environmental protection bureau said.

Construction on the railway has violated several parts of the Environmental Impact Assessment Law, with some areas under construction lacking proper impact assessment approval, according to the bureau's investigation.

Several construction sites have been moved without authorization, threatening the Zhalong Sate Nature Reserve, a major habitat for cranes, according to the investigation.

The ministry has asked the builders to submit all environmental impact assessment paperwork before Aug. 1.

Construction on the 286-km-long railway began on July 5, 2009.

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 05:08 AM   #4045
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So it'll be business as usual as soon as the environmental impact study is downloaded from the Internet.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 05:28 AM   #4046
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Russia-China cooperation on railways has huge potential: Russian official
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SOCHI, Russia, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Russia-China cooperation on development of high-speed rail and a trans-Eurasian rail corridor has "huge potential, the president of Russian Railways (RZD) said here Friday.

Under a government strategic plan, Russia will build by 2030 some 20,000 km of new railways, including 5,000 high-speed lines, Vladimir Yakunin told Xinhua on the sidelines of an international railway forum.

"Russia is expected to develop a railway network, including high-speed rail lines, from Kazan and Yekaterinburg (in central Russia) to Khabarovsk and Vladivostok (in the Far East region)," Yakunin said.

"In this field, we are willing to cooperate with China's railways and financial institutions," he added.

"China has rich experience in high-speed rail construction, which creates rooms for further cooperation between the two countries in this field," he added.

Meanwhile, Yakunin admitted that there are some delays in implementing a memorandum of understanding signed by Russia and China in 2009 on joint development of high-speed railway system in Russia.

There is no change in Russia's stance on the construction of high-speed rail, but the state-owned RZD is still seeking suitable finance and profit modes, he explained.

Yakunin, who will soon visit China with a Russian delegation led by President Vladimir Putin next week, said that he would meet with China's railway authorities on further bilateral cooperation.

On the development of a rail corridor from the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing to Germany's Duisburg, Yakunin said that China and Russia have signed cooperation documents and formed joint ventures.

Last July, the new route was officially launched in Chongqing. It offers a major shortcut to traditional sea trade routes and shorten travel time to Europe from about 36 days by container ship to just 13 days by freight train.

"This is the first step of the corridor construction," Yakunin said.

The train services are expected to be increased to once per day in the future as Chongqing's exports to Europe increase. Currently the train leaves Chongqing for Duisburg once a month.

Russia is now pondering the future transit fee policy following the development of the route and will later coordinate with the Chinese side, he said.

Besides, Yakunin said the new trans-Eurasian rail corridor is taking shape, thanks to the joint efforts of Russia, China and Kazakhstan.

Amid global economic uncertainties, such a corridor will boost the global and regional economy and enhance the competitiveness of countries of the railway routes, he said.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article...a.asp?id=74624
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM   #4047
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Are there any plans for high speed railway Harbin-Mudanjiang?
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 09:46 PM   #4048
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Are there any plans for high speed railway Harbin-Mudanjiang?
Absolutely, Harbin-Mudanjiang ICL was part of the five year long term plan but has been stalled in 2011. Currently an extension from Mudanjiang to Suifenhe (139km, 200-250km/h) on the Russian border is under construction. I'd imagine the Harbin-Mudanjiang section won't start until the Harbin-Qiqihar line is ready.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 11:15 PM   #4049
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Then how about Harbin-Jiamusi-Boli? That would need a new bridge on Heilongjiang....
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 11:19 AM   #4050
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Then how about Harbin-Jiamusi-Boli? That would need a new bridge on Heilongjiang....
The 345km, 250km/h Harbin-Jiamusi PDL was approved by NDRC in July 2010, it's a 12th five year plan project that is currently in the regulatory approval and design finalization phase, actual construction probably will not start until after the Harbin-Qiqihar line is operational.

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Old June 7th, 2012, 04:06 AM   #4051
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According to sources inside the Wuhan Railway Bureau, MOR examined the possibility of operating speed resumption on the Wuhan-Guangzhou HSR earlier this year, and it's now believed that CRH trains will once again operating at 350km/h on that line starting sometime in the second half of this year.

http://www.yicai.com/news/2012/06/1788916.html
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Old June 7th, 2012, 09:47 AM   #4052
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What shall be the operating speed of Wuhan-Zhengzhou high speed railway, as of 1st of July 2012?
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What shall be the operating speed of Wuhan-Zhengzhou high speed railway, as of 1st of July 2012?
It's unlikely to start operation on July 1st since joint calibration and testing won't start until June 20th, it'll take a few months before trial operation can start, but generally speaking it takes less than six month to start commercial operation. Currently it's only stated that the line is designed for 350km/h but no stated initial operating speed.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #4054
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What is the state of progress of Wuhan-Xianning Metropolis Intercity Railway?
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Old June 7th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #4055
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They are still doing infrastructure construction, here is a picture of the Xianning South station under construction. The goal is to start joint calibration by the end of the year.
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And has Wuhan-Yichang high speed railway been repaired?
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Old June 9th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #4057
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Halfen manager: all our products are made in Germany

Following on the earlier reports about alleged substandard Helfen's products used in the construction of high speed railways.

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Staff Reporter 2012-06-09 09:22 (GMT+8)


A high-speed railway in Beijing. (File photo/Xinhua)

German building material maker Halfen has denied allegations that it sold low-quality products manufactured in China for high prices and said its Chinese division did not tamper with its product quality. The company believes that the allegations were made up by Chinese competitors who envy its huge market share in the country.

"All our products were made in Germany," said Richard Wachter, the general manager of the company's German headquarters. The media reports that claimed tests on Halfen's case-in channels failed to pass fire-resistant and stretch standard were "irresponsible" and "unprofessional," the manager said. He suggested more details about the tests should be published and that the company may take legal action against media who spread the allegations, according to Chinese web portal Sina.

He also showed his faith in the staff of the Chinese division, who allegedly manufactured products in China without the knowledge of the German headquarters, according a person with the state-run China Railway 12th Bureau Group. The headquarters also do not believe that their Chinese arm would do anything illegal to secure bids for high-speed rail projects.

Halfen believes the allegations were fabricated by its Chinese competitors, hoping to erode its 70% market share in China's case-in channel market, which is worth more than 1 billion yuan (US$160 million), according to Sina.

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Old June 9th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #4058
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"The company believes that the allegations were made up by Chinese competitors who envy its huge market share in the country."

Yeah, that's what people here already predicted as well.
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"The company believes that the allegations were made up by Chinese competitors who envy its huge market share in the country."

Yeah, that's what people here already predicted as well.
What "Chinese competitors"?

I hope Halfen takes legal actions to keep the media honest.
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And has Wuhan-Yichang high speed railway been repaired?
Almost completely forgotten about that line, Wuhan-Yichang finished its joint calibration testing in early May, trial run started on May 16th and it's suppose to last one month. So I assume official opening will happen in the next week or two.

Here are some pics taken during trial operations.








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