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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #4061
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Alright let's see some stations on the Wuhan-Yichang Railway.

First is Yichang East.



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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #4062
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Zhijiang North.




When it was under construction.


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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:52 AM   #4063
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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:54 AM   #4064
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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #4065
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #4068
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These smaller stations are really bland...
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:54 PM   #4069
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On the existing slow speed railway, the fastest train Wuhan-Yichang is K1024/K1021.
For 372 km Wuhan-Yichang, it takes 4:36. Stands 30 minutes in Yichang East, then proceeds to Lichuan (3:32 for 275 km), thence to Wanzhou (1:33 for 102 km), and then to Chongqing in 6:38 for 399 km (via Liangping, Dazhou, Quxian, Guangan and Huaying).

What shall be the trip time on Wuhan-Yichang high speed railway?
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Old June 10th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #4070
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动车27对,南京南、上海虹桥、南昌到宜昌东各两对。管内20对(包括确认车一对)。普速:福州至重庆北,温州至成都一对,z3.z23延长至宜昌 东,t251平移上汉宜。襄阳东有三趟换班,k389.k351,k1155,七月一号调图
The fastest train should finish the trip in approximately 2 hours. So far according to the new operation chart scheduled to be released on July 1st the Wuhan-Yichang Railway will have 27 pairs of D trains, 20 will be operating within Wuhan Railway Bureau, Nanjing South, Shanghai South, and Nanchang will each get two pairs of D trains to Yichang East.

On the conventional train side there will be Fuzhou-Chongqing North, Wenzhou-Chengdu, Z3 and Z23 now goes to Yichang East, T251 will switch to the new line, also are K389, K351 and K1155 to Xiangyang.
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The donkey is testing on Wuhan-Yichang line on a daily basis now.



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Old June 11th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #4072
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Longyan-Xiamen Railway is scheduled to open on June 30th. High speed testing started on May 23rd with a CRH CIT doing the testing, total trip time from Longyan to Xiamen North (171km) is 1 hour 4 minutes.

This pic is taken on May 24th of the test train running on the Longyan Viaduct over the downtown area.
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Interestingly before that the very rare "Nanchang Railway Bureau Track Inspection Vehicle" was also spotted doing testing on the Longyan-Xiamen Line.


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Old June 11th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #4074
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Longyan-Xiamen Railway is scheduled to open on June 30th. High speed testing started on May 23rd with a CRH CIT doing the testing, total trip time from Longyan to Xiamen North (171km) is 1 hour 4 minutes.
How many direct trains daily shall travel Longyan-Fuzhou? Longyan-Shanghai?
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Old June 11th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #4075
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These smaller stations are really bland...
They are basically remote commuter rail stations that service very few passengers.

The Sanmenxia (Xi'an-Zhengzhou) station has, at most, a dozen passengers who embark.

It would be nice if all these small stations had the grandeur of Wuhan Station.

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Thanks for your detailed updates!

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Old June 11th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #4076
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I generally agree with you, but the situation in China is slightly different as the airlines' on time departure record is pretty crappy. So for the ~5 hour Beijing-Shanghai line it's actually very competitive with airlines.
On a given flight, you arrive one hour or more before departure. The flight is often delayed leaving the gate. Then one can sit in the plane waiting for clearance to take off, for as long as an hour or two.

So when you add in the time spent in the lounge, in the plane, on the tarmac and waiting for clearance, a 2 or 3 hour flight can stretch to 5 or 6 or 7 hours. If you make a connection you can easily spend an entire day.

HSR shines as it removes nearly all delays.

Perhaps a few trains I have taken have left one or two minutes late.
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So when you add in the time spent in the lounge, in the plane, on the tarmac and waiting for clearance, a 2 or 3 hour flight can stretch to 5 or 6 or 7 hours. If you make a connection you can easily spend an entire day.

HSR shines as it removes nearly all delays.
The main east-west line Nanjing-Wuhan is unfortunately slow at mere 250 km/h. But it seems to be poorly used.

From Wuhan to Guangzhou, 43 G trains leave daily. Fastest for the 968 km 3 express trains (1 stop) at 3:41 - non-expresses begin at 4:01, slowest 4:31.

From Wuhan to Shanghai, 15 D trains leave daily. Fastest for the 829 km is 1 express trains (1 stop) at 5:10 - non-expresses begin at 5:47, slowest 6:24.

Could it make sense to add a few more express D trains (2 stops) to travel Shanghai-Wuhan under 5:30?
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Old June 11th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #4078
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The main east-west line Nanjing-Wuhan is unfortunately slow at mere 250 km/h. But it seems to be poorly used.
Does anyone know what the reasoning was behind not making this 350 km/h line?

Maybe then it would also be better used.
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Old June 11th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #4079
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Old June 11th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #4080
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The line goes through Anhui Province, which has its fair share of hills, also there probably simply don't have the demand for 350km/h trains between Wuhan and Shanghai. But I agree as a major west-east trunk line it should be made 350km/h capable, having ridden it doesn't seem that much different from Shanghai-Beijing line, so maybe some years down the road it's possible to upgrade it to 350 or even 380km/h. Also this trunk line's bottleneck is between Wuhan and Chongqing, which only allows 200km/h travel and it's not a PDL.
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