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Old February 29th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #121
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Looks imposing to me.

Could someone (hopefully from Beijing) tell me:
  1. how many platforms there are at each of the Beijing terminals
  2. which destinations each station handles (just the most important ones)
  3. how far Beijing West Station is from the centre of Beijing
  4. and if you're really clever, how many trains depart each terminal each day?

thanks to anyone who can help
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Old March 1st, 2008, 06:24 AM   #122
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Sadly, no. Line 4 will open in 2009, and will be tremendously useful, connecting Beijing's northwest suburbs (including the Beijing Zoo, the National Library, Peking University, and the old and new Summer Palaces) to downtown... but it will not go to the West Train Station. For that, we need to wait for Line 9, which that map claims will open in 2010 (but I'll believe it when I see it).

As for your questions, I can't give specifics about the number of platforms or the number of trains. And it's worth noting that Beijing does have other train stations besides these two, including North and South Stations (though Central and West are the main ones). But, to speak generally: Beijing West Station handles, unsurprisingly, destinations west and southwest of Beijing, covering inland China and the far south - Shaanxi, southern Shanxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Chongqing, Tibet, Guangdong, Yunnan, Gansu, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Ningxia, Hainan (yes, there are trains to Hainan), Guizhou, etc. It also has international trains to Vietnam and Hong Kong. Beijing Train Station (the main one, also called Central Station) services places north of Beijing, as well as the east coast - Inner Mongolia, northern Shanxi, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Anhui, Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, etc.

In terms of location, Beijing West Station is just within the Third Ring Road in the southwest part of the city. Based on one of my maps, it looks like it's about 3.5 miles away from Tiananmen Square, mostly west and slightly south. I hope that helps!
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 07:37 AM   #123
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Thanks! But, for the record, I'd still love platform counts (of platforms in use) for these stations ... including north & South.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 01:44 PM   #124
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Thanks! But, for the record, I'd still love platform counts (of platforms in use) for these stations ... including north & South.
largest train station in Asia. That should give you a point of comparasion.

The new Beijing South Station looks massive too.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 03:22 PM   #125
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thanks again : and as I suspected, Beijing Sth services Tianjin.

There's a thread here Worlds Largest & Busiest Passenger terminals to which I have devoted quite a bit of time and effort: it would be nice to have Beijing, Shanghai & Tianjin represented too ...

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Old March 2nd, 2008, 04:24 PM   #126
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AFAIK, the best way to get to Tianjin from Beijing at the moment is from the main train station; there's an express that only takes an hour and leaves every hour (with some annoying exceptions). However, when the new high-speed Jin-Jing rail opens (which will only take an hour to connect the two cities!), that will leave from Beijing South, which will be on the 4 line.
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so will the high speed train be faster? Your posting above suggests it will travel at the same speed.
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 04:15 PM   #128
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Shouldn't this thread be in "Railway" forum? Beijing West Station is an old railway station. Find a nice picture,

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Old March 4th, 2008, 02:15 AM   #129
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so will the high speed train be faster? Your posting above suggests it will travel at the same speed.
Er, right. The new train will take only half an hour, sorry. A few more details - it will leave every three minutes (20 trains an hour - better than most of Beijing's subway lines in off-peak!) and open in time for the Olympics this year. This actually seems kind of silly to me, since it means that it will open before Beijing South Station is integrated into the subway system (that'll happen when Line 4 opens next year), but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway will be used electronic tickets
March 3, 2008

The Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway, to run during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will use a new ticketing system that will replace the traditional paper tickets with an electronic ticket that is difficult to duplicate. At a cost of 13.324 billion yuan, the Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway project began on July 4, 2005; and will be integrating debugging and testing operations in the first quarter of 2008. The railway will be operational before the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games on August 1.

The Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway is China's first special, high-class passenger railway line with a full speed of 350 kilometers per hour. It is an 117-kilometer test section of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed passenger special railway which is under construction. The Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway is designed for a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, with a starting interval of 3 minutes, and a maximum of 20 sets of cars running on the new rail route every hour. The 900-passenger cars and the trains are expected to carry up to 18,000 passengers every hour. Once the Beijing-Tianjin intercity high-speed railway begins operation, the journey from Beijing to Tianjin will take 30 minutes.

(from the People's Daily, http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6365214.html)
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:36 PM   #130
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Thanks for that!

Living here down in little old OZ, I observe:
  • train capacity (not car capacity) is 900, thank God!
  • these trains are operating at a 3-minute headway at 300+km/hr? At that speed my arithmetic puts these trains 15 km apart. How far & how long do they need to stop?

Mind-boggling!

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Thanks for that!

Living here down in little old OZ, I observe:
  • train capacity (not car capacity) is 900, thank God!
  • these trains are operating at a 3-minute headway at 300+km/hr? At that speed my arithmetic puts these trains 15 km apart. How far & how long do they need to stop?

Mine-boggling!
15 km will most likely be enough if signaling and GPS tracking works correctly.
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CHINA | Stations

With the construction of China's high speed rail reaching its peak in recent years, many marvellous railway stations have also been constructed in China. I feel that these railway stations deserve to have a thread of their own since some of them are simply stunning.

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