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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #4681
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10.16 Hefei-Bengbu HSR opens today

The 132km Hefei-Bengbu HSR will run initially at 300km/h (design speed 350km/h). The new rail opening in Anhui province will reduce the Beijing-Hefei's travel time from 9 hour 41 minutes to 3 hours 50 minutes.



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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:20 AM   #4682
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When is or was the opening day of Bengbu-Hefei high speed railway?
Oct 16th China time, so Monday afternoon North American time.[/QUOTE]

Here is a link to a TV clip (in Chinese).

http://tv.people.com.cn/n/2012/1016/...-19275836.html

Here are some pictures.


http://365jia.cn/news/images/2012-10...BEB5875_6.html

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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #4683
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10.16 Hefei-Bengbu HSR opens today

The 132km Hefei-Bengbu HSR will run initially at 300km/h (design speed 350km/h). The new rail opening in Anhui province will reduce the Beijing-Hefei's travel time from 5 hour 42 minutes to 3 hours 50 minutes.



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Nice picture. Where is the other line in the distance going?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #4684
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The 132km Hefei-Bengbu HSR will run initially at 300km/h (design speed 350km/h). The new rail opening in Anhui province will reduce the Beijing-Hefei's travel time from 5 hour 42 minutes to 3 hours 50 minutes.
Which, if any, trains Beijing-Hefei were faster than the 9:41 travel time of Z73? Whence that 5:42?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #4685
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you are correct. Edited my original post.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #4686
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Photo taken on Oct. 10, 2012 shows the underground transit hall of the Changchun West Railway Station, a stop of the new Harbin-Dalian High-Speed Railway, in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province.
Is Changchun West Railway Station served by Changchun Light Rail Transit?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 09:36 AM   #4687
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Which, if any, trains Beijing-Hefei were faster than the 9:41 travel time of Z73? Whence that 5:42?
In theory it could happen even before today. One can go from Beijing to Bengbu by G train in 3 to 4 hours, and hop to a conventional train from Bengbu to Hefei, which takes around 2 hours. Don't know the connection time though.

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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #4688
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In theory it could happen even before today. One can go from Beijing to Bengbu by G train in 3 to 4 hours, and hop to a conventional train from Bengbu to Hefei,
Impossible.

G trains go to Bengbu South. K, Z and T trains depart from Bengbu. No way to connect!
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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:28 AM   #4689
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CRH will introduce frequent rider program on the Shanghai-Nanjing line next month, passengers will be able to accumulate mileage in exchange of discounted or free tickets. Details are still being worked out.
http://www.zgnt.net/content/2012-10/...urce=weibolife

The 342km Hainan West Ring Railway construction officially starts, the first section to be built is Fenghuang Airport to Sanya Station.
http://www.chnrailway.com/news/20121010/1010416297.html

2012 China railway fixed asset investment has been increased again to RMB 630 billion, infrastructure investment RMB 520 billion, 2013 budget will be on par on higher than this year's.
http://news.hexun.com/2012-10-12/146...urce=weibolife
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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #4690
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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #4691
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10.16 Hefei-Bengbu HSR opens today

The 132km Hefei-Bengbu HSR will run initially at 300km/h (design speed 350km/h). The new rail opening in Anhui province will reduce the Beijing-Hefei's travel time from 9 hour 41 minutes to 3 hours 50 minutes.



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more Hefei-Bengbu HSR opening pics



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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #4692
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Hangzhou-Ningbo high-speed railway to open by first half of 2013

The Hangzhou-Ningbo high-speed railway is scheduled to begin its trial run next January. According to the railway authority, this new passenger rail line will be in full operation by the first half of next year.

A ceremony was held to mark the start of the Hangzhou-Ningbo high-speed railway engineering in 2008. As an important part of the inter-city express railway network in the Yangtze River Delta, it starts from the west of Hangzhou to the east of Ningbo. It is also the first high-speed rail in Ningbo.

Officials have said that the line is 149.8km in length, and its top operational speed can reach 350 Km per hour. In the early stage of operation, trains will be running at a maximum speed of 300 Km per hour.

Most of the construction of the railway line was completedby last October. Stations along the line are still under construction. According to reports, there will be 7 stops along the line, including Hangzhou East, Hangzhou South, Shaoxing North, Shangyu North, Yuyao North, Zhuangqiao and Ningbo Station.

With a total investment of 21.2 billion, the operation of this new train line will greatly shorten the distance between Hangzhou and Ningbo. Once running, the new line will cut trips from Hangzhou to Ningbo to about 40 minutes, while the current ride takes at least 2 hours.

The departure time of trains will be arranged based on the traffic volume. More trains will be operated accordingly with the increase in passenger numbers.

http://www.whatsonningbo.com/travel-msg-481.html

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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #4693
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2012 China railway fixed asset investment has been increased again to RMB 630 billion, infrastructure investment RMB 520 billion, 2013 budget will be on par on higher than this year's.
What were the corresponding numbers at the top of last rail boom, before firing of Liu Zhijun?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #4694
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Does much thought go into integrating HSR with the environment in China?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #4695
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Officials have said that the line is 149.8km in length, and its top operational speed can reach 350 miles per hour. In the early stage of operation, trains will be running at a maximum speed of 300 miles per hour.

Eh... yeah right.


Just use metric already.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #4696
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10.16 Hefei-Bengbu HSR opens today

The 132km Hefei-Bengbu HSR will run initially at 300km/h (design speed 350km/h). The new rail opening in Anhui province will reduce the Beijing-Hefei's travel time from 9 hour 41 minutes to 3 hours 50 minutes.



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Such a nice photo. It summarizes the high speed rail development nicely.

Once completed 4+4 high speed network will be one of the greatest engineering achievements.

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Old October 16th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #4697
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Does much thought go into integrating HSR with the environment in China?
Elevated lines... Can there be any better alternative? Environmental effects is minimal IMHO. Also, promotion of rail travel over highways or planes alone will be enough!
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Old October 16th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #4698
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Elevated lines... Can there be any better alternative? Environmental effects is minimal IMHO. Also, promotion of rail travel over highways or planes alone will be enough!
Not like that, but rather do they make sure that it seems to fit the landscape kind of environment? In Europe, a lot of thought goes into effectively 'hiding' the lines, so that the environment is left as is.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #4699
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In Europe, a lot of thought goes into effectively 'hiding' the lines, so that the environment is left as is.
Of course it's not. In order to hide the line you have to have it laying on the ground, and this makes for big problems for animal life, be it wild (beasts and insects cannot migrate) or domestic (herds get limited in their wanderings). On the other hand, safety is much improved with the elevated lines. Elevated lines are better (and more expensive, that's why you won't find them in Europe for instance) than ground level ones, by an order of magnitude. Yes they can't be hidden, big deal. It's not the view of a train that can disturb wildlife, it's the fencing blocking the way.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4700
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In order to hide the line you have to have it laying on the ground, and this makes for big problems for animal life, be it wild (beasts and insects cannot migrate) or domestic (herds get limited in their wanderings). On the other hand, safety is much improved with the elevated lines. Elevated lines are better (and more expensive, that's why you won't find them in Europe for instance) than ground level ones, by an order of magnitude. Yes they can't be hidden, big deal. It's not the view of a train that can disturb wildlife, it's the fencing blocking the way.
You also hide a line which is entirely under ground, in tunnels. And these do not hinder insects either.

But I suppose tunnels are even more expensive than elevated lines.
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