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Old September 10th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #11741
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Workers who build the HSR lines
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Old September 11th, 2017, 05:09 AM   #11742
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High-speed rail trips get easier as network expands

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Passengers can now reach most of China's major cities by bullet train, thanks to a network that includes linkages of a number of rail routes, as well as efficient major transfer hubs.

According to China Railway Corp, the national rail operator, direct high-speed train services have been arranged between cities with a large number of passengers, including Beijing-Kunming, Harbin-Shanghai and Chengdu-Guangzhou. Those direct services link big cities in different regions by taking more than one rail route.

Service between Dalian, Liaoning province, and Xi'an, Shaanxi province, involves eight high-speed rail routes that link 18 medium-size and large cities.

Running the network is no easy task. A high-speed rail route must not only carry out bullet train services running only on a single line but also on multiple lines.

The major transfer hub design allows easy transfers to other bullet trains. Passengers can make travel plans and buy connected tickets in advance. When they arrive at the transfer station, they can use a transfer gateway to board the next service, with no need to exit the gate and enter again. The major transfer hub design offsets the lack of direct service in some areas, providing more convenient travel choices.

Lanzhou West station, the major transfer hub linking the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region with the rest of China, is expected to receive more than 5,000 transfer passengers a day, said Wang Jian, the deputy head of the station. The Baoji-Lanzhou rail route opened in July, and Wang estimates daily passengers will reach 25,000. The route links Lanzhou with the high-speed rail network.

No direct service links Xinjiang with most cities beyond Lanzhou. A passenger from Beijing can take a direct service to Lanzhou and then transfer at Lanzhou West station to Xinjiang.

China's high-speed rail network has surpassed 20,000 kilometers, spanning all provincial level regions except Tibet and the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. Hub cities are scattered around the country and linked by the high-speed network.

The world's longest high-speed rail service in operation is the 2,760-kilometer Beijing-Kunming service, according to China Railway Corp. Beijing has a distinct spring, summer, fall and winter, whereas Kunming has been called "the spring city" because the weather never gets very cold.

Like the Beijing-Kunming service, departure and arrival cities are different, requiring a different model of bullet train to adjust to diverse local environment.

In the northeastern region's winter, when the lowest temperature can hit -40 C, bullet trains need to adjust. In the northwest region's deserts, featuring strong winds and sandstorms, such as along the Lanzhou-Xinjiang line, bullet trains have stormproof designs.

According to a plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission in July 2016, China will expand the high-speed rail network to 30,000 km by 2020, linking 80 percent of major cities. By 2030, the network will link all cities with populations of more than 500,000.

China's high-speed rail network stretched 22,000 kilometers as of 2016, accounting for 65 percent of the world's total high-speed railway.

The world's longest bullet train service reaches 2,760 kilometers from Beijing to Kunming, Yunnan province.

The world's longest continuous high-speed rail track reaches 2,298 kilometers between Beijing and Guangzhou, Guangdong province.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 02:49 AM   #11743
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First PPP financing deal signed for China's high-speed railway

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First PPP financing deal signed for China's high-speed railway

HANGZHOU, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's first public-private partnership (PPP) funded high-speed railway saw its financing contract signed on Monday.

Fosun Group leads the consortium of eight private firms that hold 51 percent stake in the Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Taizhou project. State-owned China Railway, Zhejiang Communications Investment Group, and local government hold the rest.

The 269-km railway project is estimated to cost 44.9 billion yuan (6.9 billion U.S. dollars). Construction will take four years.

The share-holders will be responsible for managing the railway for 30 years before they hand it to the government for free.

Fang Jianhong, executive president of Sunvision Equity Investment and Management Co, a Fosun subsidiary, said the fees to be charged on railway users and the government's viability gap funding scheme will help private investors get stable returns from the project.

Officials with Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission said the project will herald a new era for railway project financing and play an exemplary role.

China has been redoubling its efforts to build the world's most extensive and sophisticated railway network. By 2020, China will have 150,000 km railway including 30,000 km high-speed railway, according to the government's plan.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 04:45 AM   #11744
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First PPP financing deal signed for China's high-speed railway

HANGZHOU, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's first public-private partnership (PPP) funded high-speed railway saw its financing contract signed on Monday.

Fosun Group leads the consortium of eight private firms that hold 51 percent stake in the Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Taizhou project. State-owned China Railway, Zhejiang Communications Investment Group, and local government hold the rest.

The 269-km railway project is estimated to cost 44.9 billion yuan (6.9 billion U.S. dollars). Construction will take four years.

The share-holders will be responsible for managing the railway for 30 years before they hand it to the government for free.

Fang Jianhong, executive president of Sunvision Equity Investment and Management Co, a Fosun subsidiary, said the fees to be charged on railway users and the government's viability gap funding scheme will help private investors get stable returns from the project.

Officials with Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission said the project will herald a new era for railway project financing and play an exemplary role.

China has been redoubling its efforts to build the world's most extensive and sophisticated railway network. By 2020, China will have 150,000 km railway including 30,000 km high-speed railway, according to the government's plan.
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Old September 17th, 2017, 08:09 PM   #11745
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Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR for 2022 Olympic Winter Games makes first big step



The Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games took a step forward on Sunday, as construction workers swiveled two sections of the bridge, over 3,503 meters long, together, shortening the travel time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou from 3.5 hours to one hour.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 12:39 PM   #11746
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China begins to restore 350 kmh bullet train
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BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to 350 kilometers per hour, six years after it was reduced to 300 kmh.

A bullet train named Fuxing (meaning "rejuvenation" in Chinese), which will travel at the new high speed, departed Beijing South Railway Station at 9:00 a.m. for Shanghai.
The speed increase will cut the Beijing-Shanghai journey to 4 hours and 28 minutes.
Starting Thursday, 14 Fuxing trains will run in both directions between Beijing and Shanghai at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour.


"These trains are so popular that the tickets for today already sold out a week ago," said Huang Xin, an official with the China Railway Corporation, on Thursday.
Connecting the Chinese capital with the major financial and trade hub, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is one of the busiest in the country, carrying more than 100 million passengers a year.

China has the world's longest high-speed rail network, with 22,000 kilometers in operation so far.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 12:42 PM   #11747
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Old September 21st, 2017, 05:12 PM   #11748
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Old September 21st, 2017, 05:18 PM   #11749
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New high-speed railway line opens in China

NANCHANG - Operation of a new high-speed railway line started Thursday, linking two major railway lines in China.

The Wuhan-Jiujiang line, connecting Hubei's provincial capital Wuhan and Jiujiang city in East China's Jiangxi province, stretches 224 km, with 17 stations along the line.

Currently, there are 26 round trips available on the line each day, including eight high-speed round trips, said an official with the Nanchang railway bureau.

The line links the Beijing-Guangzhou and Beijing-Jiujiang high-speed railway lines, helping to cut travel time from Jiangxi province to major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou.

It now takes only six hours and 17 minutes to travel from Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi, to Beijing, compared with eight hours in the past.



























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Old September 21st, 2017, 10:01 PM   #11750
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BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to 350 kilometers per hour, six years after it was reduced to 300 kmh.

A bullet train named Fuxing (meaning "rejuvenation" in Chinese), which will travel at the new high speed, departed Beijing South Railway Station at 9:00 a.m. for Shanghai.
The speed increase will cut the Beijing-Shanghai journey to 4 hours and 28 minutes.
Starting Thursday, 14 Fuxing trains will run in both directions between Beijing and Shanghai at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour.
Actually, the fastest train Beijing-Shanghai is G7, leaving 19:00, arriving 23:24.
In the direction Beijing-Shanghai the trains that are faster than the previous top time 4:48 are
G5 7:00 4:34 11:34
G1 9:00 4:28 13:28
G13 10:00 4:28 14:28
G3 14:00 4:28 18:28
G17 15:00 4:28 19:28
G7 19:00 4:24 23:24
G9 19:05 4:34 23:39
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 07:16 AM   #11751
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Has anyone here been on it yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq3R_49sMoQ

350km/h is back. I was off with my guess only by 4 years.. lol.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 04:33 PM   #11752
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 04:58 PM   #11753
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Xi'an-Chengdu railway to come on stream within 2017

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A test high-speed train pulls into the Foping Station on the Xi'an-Chengdu railway in Foping County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 20, 2017. The 643-km Xi'an-Chengdu railway, which links Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, will come on stream within this year. By then, trains will run at a designed speed of 250 km per hour, slashing travel time between the two cities from 16 hours to three hours. (Xinhua/Tang Zhenjiang)


A test high-speed train pulls into the Epanggong Station on the Xi'an-Chengdu railway in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 20, 2017.



Photo taken on Sept. 21, 2017 shows the Yangxian West Station on the Xi'an-Chengdu railway in Hanzhong City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province.







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Old September 23rd, 2017, 11:11 AM   #11754
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A test high-speed train pulls into the Foping Station on the Xi'an-Chengdu railway in Foping County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 20, 2017. The 643-km Xi'an-Chengdu railway, which links Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, will come on stream within this year. By then, trains will run at a designed speed of 250 km per hour, slashing travel time between the two cities from 16 hours to three hours. (Xinhua/Tang Zhenjiang)
At present, the fastest train Beijing-Xian, G87, takes 4:23 via Zhengzhou. The fastest train Beijing-Chengdu, G309, goes via Yichang and takes 14:46.
When Xian-Chengdu high speed railway shall open, what shall be the travel time Beijing-Chengdu?
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 07:08 PM   #11756
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How Faster Trains Draw China’s Cities Ever Closer

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Thursday’s 8:01 a.m. train from Nanjing to Beijing was the start of a new era for China’s high-speed rail network. The string of cars darted north at 350 kilometers per hour — the world’s highest operating speed — for the first time since 2011, when a railway corruption scandal led to a 300 kph cap.

For now, only the 14 high-speed trains that run on the railway between Beijing and Shanghai will see speed increases. Throughout history, the railroad between China’s two biggest cities has been at the frontier of fast. Since the first large-scale speed increases in 1997, the time it takes to go from Beijing to Shanghai has been reduced from nearly seventeen hours to around four and a half hours. Other cities in eastern China, too, are now just a few hours away from the capital.


(Travel times between Beijing and the provincial capitals of East China, relative to other provincial capitals (gray lines). By Qin Zhaoying and Liu Chang/Sixth Tone)

Over the past decade, most time reductions have come from the large-scale expansion of China’s high-speed rail network. By the end of 2016, the total operating length of China’s high-speed rail system had reached 22,000 kilometers — long enough to stretch halfway around the world.



As a result, traveling from Beijing to far-flung cities across the country has become less time-consuming. Guangzhou in the south, for example, is now much “closer” to the capital, as are other cities that lie along the track.


(Travel times between Beijing and cities on the Beijing-Guangzhou line, relative to provincial capitals not along that route (gray lines). By Qin Zhaoying and Liu Chang/Sixth Tone)

Relative to other parts of the country, travel to Northeast China has improved the least. Development of high-speed railways has been slower in this region, and rail travel was better there to begin with, in part due to colonial powers Russia and Japan.


(Travel times between Beijing and the provincial capitals of Northeast China, relative to other provincial capitals (gray lines). By Qin Zhaoying and Liu Chang/Sixth Tone)

In 1949, the year the People’s Republic of China was founded, traveling from Beijing to Zhengzhou about 600 kilometers to the south, took 10 hours longer than traveling from Beijing to Shenyang — an equal distance to the north. Now, however, a trip to Zhengzhou takes just two and a half hours, while traveling to Shenyang takes four.





(Travel times between Beijing and China’s provincial capitals, grouped by distance from Beijing. By Qin Zhaoying and Liu Chang/Sixth Tone)

All graphical data from “National Train Timetable of China” (1959-2016) and “Train Timetable, Vol. 4” (Nov. 15, 1949).

Editor: Kevin Schoenmakers.
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Scenery of high-speed rail networks in south China's Guangxi

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The level and extent of high speed railway development in China is simply mind-blowing!

Any update or recent development on the proposed link to Moscow?
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