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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:20 PM   #11201
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China's Major East-West High-Speed Railway Starts Operation



China on Wednesday put into operation one of the world's longest high-speed railways, linking the country's prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwest.

The Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway -- 2,252 km in length -- traverses the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan and cuts travel time from Shanghai to Kunming from 34 to 11 hours, according to China Railway Corporation.

The maximum speed is 330 km per hour, said Wang Jinda, a train driver.

The line is also the longest east-west high-speed railway in China. A longer rail line stretching north to south is the 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line, put into operation in 2012.

China has built more than 20,000 km of high-speed rail lines. According to the government's plan, the mileage will reach 45,000 km by 2030. The launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line means the country's high-speed rail grid has taken shape, connecting almost all provinces on the Chinese mainland.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:22 PM   #11202
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New high-speed rail Kunming-Nanning line in SW China launched



A high-speed rail line linking Kunming in Yunnan and Nanning in Guangxi was launched on Wednesday.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:44 PM   #11203
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Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail Beijing departure station2 by Dionisos Olympian, on Flickr



Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail Beijing departure station1 by Dionisos Olympian, on Flickr
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Old December 29th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #11204
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BEIJING -- Construction began Thursday on the Guiyang-Nanning high-speed railway, part of broader efforts to develop the China's less prosperous southwest region.

With a length of 482 km, the railway line will cut travel time from Nanning to Guiyang from over 10 hours to 2 and a half hours, said Ding Rongfu, chairman of China Railway Airport Construction Group Co.

With a maximum speed of 350 km per hour, the line is expected to go into service in 2022.

Construction will be difficult due to complicated geography and landform, Ding said, adding that 106 tunnels have to be excavated along the line.

China has more than 20,000 km of high-speed railways. According to a government plan, mileage will increase to 45,000 km by 2030.
Looking at the map there is already an indirect HS route between those two cities (Guiyang-Guilin and Guilin-Nanning). Does it really take 10 h to cover that distance (ca 800 km)?
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Old December 29th, 2016, 08:50 PM   #11205
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No, they are comparing what the current trains take by the same route, through Guilin it takes 5 hours and a half.



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The line Shanghai – Kunming has been designed for 350 km/h operation, with trains initially running at up to 330 km/h according to China Railway Corp.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/h...completed.html
Are trains actually going to run at 330km/h on the line or is it yet another false news and trains won't exceed 310km/h just like on all other 350km/h design lines?
Well, the news is from the Railway Gazette:
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The line has been designed for 350 km/h operation, with trains initially running at up to 330 km/h according to China Railway Corp.
In addition there was already news in this Thread about the speed increase.
Otherwise I would not have taken it for granted.

A little higher up a train driver also says.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #11206
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Would be great to see some evidence of actual speed once the revenue service begins.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 12:47 AM   #11207
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Amazing video, basically some skylights between tunnels
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Old December 30th, 2016, 02:29 PM   #11208
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30,000 km and $504 billion: China sets another target for its high-speed rail network



The Chinese government seeks to expand the country's high-rail speed network to 30,000 kilometers by 2020, with an investment of 3.5 trillion yuan, or 504 billion U.S. dollars.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 03:01 AM   #11209
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This is 20 fold faster video and it is only Yunnan section from Kunming to border of Guizhou province. There are 39 tunnels, 76kms in total, in this section alone, including the 14.8km long Bibanpo tunnel.

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Old December 31st, 2016, 07:49 AM   #11210
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Xinjiang section of HSR linking Urumqi, Xining

Source: ECNS | Retrieved: Dec 30, 2016 PST



The Xinjiang section of high-speed railway linking Urumqi with Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, has carried more than 7.56 million passengers in the first two years of its operation.
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 12:15 AM   #11211
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New PDL inaugurated in 2016

New PDL inaugurated in 2016 that I know:
Xuzhou–Zhengzhou 350 km/h 10/09/2016 362 km PDL 10
Wanzhou–Chongqing 250 km/h 28/11/2016 247 km PDL 12 B
Guiyang–Kunming 380 km/h 28/12/2016 461 km PDL 11 (Full PDL Shanghai-Kunming complete)
Baise–Kunming 250 km/h 28/12/2016 487 km PDL 16 (Full PDL Guangzhou-Kunming complete)
Total: 22.061 km (300/380 km/h: 10.157 km / 250 km/h: 11.904 km)







This is simply a local medium, but ...
The highest speed on the Shanghai-Kunming HSR is projected to be 380 kilometers per hour, with an average speed of 300 kilometers per hour.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 03:18 PM   #11212
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Longest high-speed train service launched in China

China's longest high-speed train trip takes less than 13 hours. The 2,760-km route links the southwestern province of Yunnan to Beijing.

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Old January 6th, 2017, 05:21 PM   #11213
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Big update of train networks cuts travel time in China
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China Railway Corporation (CRC), China's national railway operator, says that a large number of railway lines have started operation on Thursday.

135 pairs (two trains that go in opposite directions for the same line between two destinations) of passenger trains would go down the new lines.

A highlight of the update is that the operation of the high-speed rail from Beijing to southwest China's Kunming, the country's longest high-speed railway line, will cut down travel time between the two cities from 33 hours to about 13 hours.

The Beijing-Kunming high-speed line is 2,760 km in length, which is about the distance from Manchester, England to Athens, Greece (2,637 km).

The route passes through 6 provinces in China, making it the longest rail in the country, and takes a travel time of 12 hours and 53 minutes.

Other high-speed trains that connect big cities such as Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuahan to Kunming southwest China would also be opened, shortening travel time significantly.

Meanwhile, Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway, which opened in last December, has also reduced the traveling time between the two cities to about 11 hours from about 34 hours.

Apart from building new railway lines, the CRC is also going to extend some old lines. For example, a pair of trains that connect southeast China's Fuzhou and northeast China's Harbin would be extended to Jiamusi (located in the north of Harbin).
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Old January 6th, 2017, 06:10 PM   #11214
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On Kunming-Shanghai route, there seem to be 4 G trains daily. Trip time 11:15 to 12:12. Ticket price second class 879 yuan, first class 1475 yuan, business class 2765 yuan.
On the same route, there are 3 slow trains daily, all of them over 2 nights. Trip time 1:10:08 to 1:15:46. Ticket price hard seat 278 yuan 5 jiao or 293 yuan 5 jiao, hard sleeper 532 yuan or 561 yuan 5 jiao, soft sleeper 846 yuan or 890 yuan 5 jiao.

Kunming-Beijing has 2 G trains daily. Trip time 12:11 and 13:13. Ticket price second class 1147 yuan 5 jiao, first class 1877 yuan 5 jiao.
On the same route, there are 4 slow trains daily, 3 of them over 2 nights and Z54 overnight. Trip time 1:09:22 to 1:23:38. Ticket price hard seat 302 yuan 5 jiao or 317 yuan, hard sleeper 549 yuan 5 jiao or 575 yuan, soft sleeper 851 yuan 5 jiao or 887 yuan.

Kunming-Guangzhou has 2 G trains daily via Guiyang. Trip time 6:13 and 6:17. Ticket price second class 480 yuan, first class 679 yuan, VIP seat 886 yuan, business class 1474 yuan. There are also 12 D trains daily via Nanning. Trip time 8:52 to 9:36. Ticket price second class 434 yuan 5 jiao, first class 626 yuan 5 jiao.
On the same route there are 3 slow trains overnight. Trip time 1:00:39 to 1:04:03. Ticket price hard seat 192 yuan, hard sleeper 351 yuan or 370 yuan 5 jiao, soft sleeper 583 yuan.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 05:21 AM   #11215
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For Kunming - Shanghai, I can easily find last-minute one-way flights for CNY 600. Seems the train is not cheaper.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 09:21 AM   #11216
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2016 passengers in CRH trains

China Railway sets out 2017 targets. IRJ January 04, 2017

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In 2016 the network carried a record 2.7 billion passengers, an increase of 11.2% year-on-year, with 1.44 billion of these trips on its high-speed network, which now exceeds 20,000km. Internet tickets accounted for 60% of total sales, with mobile phone tickets accounting for 40% of the total.
1.44 billion refers to passengers transported on CRH trains (+31.3%), both conventional and HSR lines. In 2015 they were 1.1 billion (0.91 circulated only for HSR).

Thousands of passengers in CRH trains:
2013 672,000
2014 893,200
2015 1,100,000
2016 1,444,000

Thousands of passengers in HSR lines:
2007 86,500
2008 127,400
2009 179,580
2010 290,540
2011 440,000
2012 485,500
2013 530,000
2014
2015 910,000
2016

Chinese Maps of all types updated to January 2017.


On this page it says that the G1373 train takes 10 h 36 m between Shanghai and Kunming.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 11:57 AM   #11217
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The total number of G trains Kunming-Guiyang seems to be 19.
Kunming-Changsha has 12 G trains, trip time 5:00 to 6:23.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #11218
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Old January 10th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #11219
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Old January 11th, 2017, 12:03 AM   #11220
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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...way-opens.html

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CHINA: The Changsha – Zhuzhou – Xiangtan Intercity Railway in Hunan Province opened for passenger services on December 26. There are 21 stations on the 95·5 km Y-shared route from Changsha to the two termini. Services are operated using eight-car CRH6F electric trainsets from CRRC Qingdao Sifang.
The alignment is designed for 200 km/h operation, although trains are initially limited to 160 km/h. This gives a journey time of around 39 min from Changsha to Zhuzhou or Xiangtan, which is expected to be reduced to around 30 min when operating speeds are raised to the full design speed.
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