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Old December 16th, 2015, 08:56 AM   #201
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It's a fantastic thing in the long term to connect all of southeast Asia to China with standard gauge rail that offers train speeds matching highway speeds. I think it will pay off eventually.

However in the short term it does seem like Laos is getting severely ripped off. An expressway would probably offer more immediate usefulness than a railway perhaps? Between this and all those dams the country is going to have extreme amounts of debt. Also, what will become of Malaysia's meter gauge railways? Would they be widened to 1435 mm?
To make it short - NO - regauging is not just involving ONLY adding the 3rd track, it means the new concrete sleepers in between the existing concrete sleepers, new turnouts, new bridge replacement and the tunnel widening to accommodate the wider rolling stocks - not to mention about the increasing of axle load from 15-20 tons to 22.5-25 tons. The massive work without any double.

Separated tracks preferred though ... while the existing track is for local trains as well as cargo train to Laem Chabang -- Let's T-Rex machine and gantry moving container boxes between Lao-China train and existing SRT cargo for a while though.
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Lao - China railway with the distance of 427 km
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Max Speed for passenger train: 160 kph for Bo Ten to Vang Vieng, 200 kph from Vang Vieng to Tha nalaeng East - cargo train at 120 kph
Then what is the distance Vang Vieng to Tha Nalaeng?
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Then what is the distance Vang Vieng to Tha Nalaeng?
not known yet - they have not show the full list of station and the kilometer position to the public yet
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It's a fantastic thing in the long term to connect all of southeast Asia to China with standard gauge rail that offers train speeds matching highway speeds. I think it will pay off eventually.

However in the short term it does seem like Laos is getting severely ripped off. An expressway would probably offer more immediate usefulness than a railway perhaps? Between this and all those dams the country is going to have extreme amounts of debt. Also, what will become of Malaysia's meter gauge railways? Would they be widened to 1435 mm?
There has already been an "expressway" there:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunmin...kok_Expressway

But the transportation is still not efficient at Laos section because it is not a real expressway.....
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Not to mention the effect on the environment from heavy trucks using it.
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By Zhong Nan and Feng Zhiwei (China Dauly)

CRRC ZELC is expanding in Southeast Asia after setting up a manufacturing hub in Malaysia
A major Chinese railway company is on track with its expansion plans in Southeast Asia after setting up a manufacturing and maintenance center in Malaysia.
CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co, which is part of the country's largest train manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, has been in the export business for 18 years.

In July, CRRC ZELC opened a $131 million plant in Mal-aysia's Perak state, which is managed by CRRC (Malaysia) Railway Vehicles Co and will act as the company's gateway to the rest of the ASEAN region.

Two years earlier, the firm had secured orders to build 10 high-speed electric trains and 20 light railway engines, or LRVs, in the country.

"Because most Southeast Asian nations have just begun to build new railway lines or bought new trains, they are keen to acquire technological support from China to assist in the daily operations, maintenance, staff training and other services," Zhou Qinghe, president of CRRC ZELC, said.

The ASEAN plant will be involved in production, assembly, testing, maintenance and refurbishment, with an annual production capacity of 100 electric trains and LRVs.

Up to 800 jobs will be created at the facility and annual sales revenue is estimated to be 590 million yuan ($93 million).

But then this is just the latest move in CRRC ZELC's Southeast Asia journey in Malaysia, which started in 2010. So far, the company has supplied 38 electric trains to Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital.

"We went through a long process of getting to know each other," Zhou said. "At the end of 2009, Malaysian officials visited CRRC ZELC and saw the company had strong research and development services.

"After that, Malaysia's Ministry of Transportation awarded an inter-city trains contract worth nearly 4 billion yuan in 2010. All the hard work had finally paid off," Zhou added.

During the past five years, CRRC ZELC has put together deals worth 8 billion yuan for rail equipment and service projects in Malaysia.

Part of this involves supplying engines for the new 200-kilometer high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and the northern city of Ipoh.

The contracts were signed in December and the line will run some of the world's fastest bullet trains in the world.

High-speed engines will also be supplied for the 900 km rail link being planned between Johor Bahru on the southern tip of the country and Padang Besar on the border of Thailand.

"After the first batch of 10 trains produced in China are delivered, engines of the same type will then be manufactured at our ASEAN base in Malaysia," Zhou said.

CRRC ZELC has three subsidiaries in the country, CRRC Kuala Lumpur Sdn Bhd, CRRC Kuala Lumpur Maintenance Co and CRRC (Malaysia) Railway Vehicles Co, which employ 320 workers. Up to 90 percent of the employees are Malaysians.

With a market share of 85 per cent, the company has become the largest rail equipment supplier in the country with close links to other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

But Malaysia is not the only overseas market. CRRC ZELC has also invested and built two manufacturing and maintenance plants in Turkey and South Africa during the past two years.

In 2014, it received eight major export orders worth a total value of 19 billion yuan. Still, foreign sales accounted for just 5 percent of its annual operating revenue.

Hopefully, that figure will jump to more than 30 percent this year although further financial details have yet to be released by the company.

In the ASEAN region, CRRC ZELC's main markets are Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and naturally Malaysia, with rising demand for electric locomotives and mass transit trains for city and suburban lines.

"Even though a lot of money can be made from selling trains, providing maintenance services can also be very profitable," Luo Chongfu, vice-general manager at the company, said, adding that engines need to be sent for large-scale maintenance service after a year.

Competition in the sector, though, is fierce. Foreign rivals such as Siemens, of Germany, Alstom Group, of France, and Bombardier Inc, of Canada, have global service networks.

This in turn boosts their revenue figures in major overseas markets in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

By 2016, the world rail and transit industry will be worth $240 billion, with maintenance services accounting for half that figure, according to a study by Paris-based International Union of Railways in July.

"The tactic of establishing an ASEAN rail center in Malaysia is based on our market share in the country and its geographical location," Luo said. "The relatively developed infrastructure (in China) could help us further develop neighboring markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines."

CRRC ZELC has already supplied 18 metro engineering maintenance trains to Singapore and they are now being used on the city-state's urban rail network.

"The China-ASEAN economies will count on enhanced regional cooperation, especially in rail transportation, to stimulate trade and attract investment while improving regional economic integration," Zhao Jian, a professor of rail transportation at Beijing Jiaotong University, said.

Indeed, improving rail infrastructure comes at a crucial time with developed countries relying on emerging markets to revive the global economy.

"Ongoing plans by Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia to build a high-speed rail link will further fuel the hope that Southeast Asia could one day have a similar European-style train system," Zhao, at CRRC ZELC, said.

With his eyes firmly fixed on future orders, Zhou is predicting that ASEAN countries will need 1,100 new carriages and refurbishment for another 700 during the next five years.

"Our new ASEAN rail base in Malaysia will give us an advantage to tap further into this lucrative market," he said.

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High-speed rail to link China to Iran

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Chinese authorities have proposed a high-speed railway connecting its western city of Urumqi to Tehran, the country’s biggest English-language newspaper, China Daily, says.

The proposed Silk Road route will connect China to West Asia, stretching from Urumqi and Yining to Almaty in Kazakhstan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to the Iranian capital.

It was put forward by China Railway Corp authorities at a forum on the One Belt, One Road initiative -- the Asian giant’s bold scheme to rebuild Silk Road trade links with Europe and Asia.

Iran is participating in the ambitious plan to resurrect the Silk Road, connecting Asia to Europe and Africa through a network of roads, railways, ports and airports.

Stretching from Hungary to Indonesia, Beijing estimates the initiative will annually create more than $2.5 trillion of trade among the countries in a decade.

The new link would be complementary to the existing railway network in central Asian nations, which mostly runs to Moscow.

Iran is currently linked to Central Asia through a rail corridor which connects it to Kazakhstan and Russia through Turkmenistan, and another to Europe via Turkey.

The One Belt, One Road initiative comes from the shortening of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

The two routes combined encompass a territory housing 4.4 billion people or 63% of the world’s population. The aggregate wealth of the countries involved adds up to $2.1 trillion or 29% of the world’s gross domestic product.

The initiative would involve financing infrastructure projects in 65 nations across Central and Southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and Europe.

The ancient Silk Road, established more than 2,100 years ago, connected the Han dynasty’s capital of Xian to Persia.

Through it, Iran’s grapes, beans, pomegranates, spinach, onions and other special products were introduced into China while tea, ginger, mulberries, peaches, apricots and oranges were brought to Iran over a period of more than 1,000 years.

Earlier this year, Chinese authorities toured Iranian ports, including Shahid Rajaee in the Persian Gulf, to assess infrastructure development grounds.

Apart from its economic significance, the grand project is believed to lead to significant geopolitical changes.

According to many observers, it could spell the collapse of US economic dominance through the dollar and lead to the prevalence of trade in local currencies. It could also put an end to European monopoly on international shipping.



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Old December 27th, 2015, 09:51 PM   #207
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Cambodia, Thailand push ahead with railway line

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Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to push ahead with completion of a railway line from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, with the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to the neighbouring country last week.

The long-delayed project is part of the eastern corridor of the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link, a key link in increasing connectivity among ASEAN member states.

The Cambodian government will focus on completing a 6.5-kilometre railway stretch between Poipet and Sisophon by midyear 2016, according to Ly Borin, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation.

“First, we will connect the missing tracks on our side to reach the border of Thailand,” he said.

The government, he said, will look at running trains on the 6.5-kilometre stretch late next year, after which they will work with the Thai government on connecting the rail networks of the two countries.

“After the connection is ready, we will discuss the procedures to have a train run across countries, but currently it is important to connect the tracks first,” Borin said.

After completion of the 6.5-kiolmetre railway line, Borin said they will also look at running trains from Phnom Penh to Sisophon, as well as look into the possibility of having trains to Singapore.

The railway line, a project funded by the Asian Development Bank in 2010, hit a few hurdles when the development bank’s internal watchdog found that they had flouted their own safeguards when it came to resettlement of Cambodians affected by the project.

“We will have a discussion with local authorities on Monday to address the issue of people affected by the project, in order to be ready for construction early next year,” said Borin, adding that the ADB will be involved in the process as well.

Ho Vandy, an adviser to the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, said train transportation is a new avenue for Cambodians, adding that it was less costly, safer and enabled the movement of goods as well.

“This project will help push the setting up of Cambodian railways faster, and is important given that we are close to AEC.”

He added that the new connection will increase tourist arrivals from Thailand, who will have another travel option once the railway line is completed.

The railways, he said, will also give Cambodians a low-cost and quicker option of travelling to Thailand, be it for business or pleasure.

According to state-run media AKP, the two governments also signed agreements to open two new international checkpoints in Banteay Meanchey, as well as develop special economic zones along the Banteay Meanchey-Sa Keo and Koh Kong-Trat borders.
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But the first 6.5 km from the border to the mango orchard at the eastern suburb of Poipet have to be done first along with the reconstruction of both Poipet station building and piopet station yard. Without these things, there will be no connection between Bangkok and Phnom Penh
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Tourism Minister Thong Khon (centre) talks during a meeting about railway construction yesterday in the border town of Poipet. Photo supplied

A railway linking Phnom Penh with Poipet town on the Thai-Cambodian border is due to be completed by the end of 2016, local authorities announced following a visit by the minister of tourism yesterday.

With only 6 more kilometres of track to be laid, Minister Thong Khon paid a visit to the site of construction works for the new railroad in Banteay Meanchey province, which is intended to facilitate trade and tourist travel between Thailand and Cambodia.

According to Poipet Governor Ngor Meng Chroun, three local casinos – Golden Crown, Tropicana and Grand Diamond – as well as the local immigration office will be obliged to relocate parts of their establishments to make way for the impending rail.

“This is not something those companies or the immigration officers should negotiate or refuse, because they have known that their buildings were located close to or on the railroad territory,” he said.

Sim Sam Arth, police chief at the immigration checkpoint, confirmed that his office would cooperate in moving to new facilities, which have already been constructed.

“By next week we will move to the new office as the two ministers have already talked to each other, so we don’t bother to ask any questions. We’ll just move,” he said.

None of the casinos could be reached for comment yesterday.

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Cambodia, Thailand Reach Agreement on Pan-Asia Railway Network
Published on Sunday, 03 January 2016 14:45 Written by Saigoneer. Illustration by Nam Núm.



Earlier this month, Cambodia and Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding on a new railway line that will run from Bangkok to Phnom Penh.

The route, once complete, will become part of the Pan-Asia Railway Network, a series of railroads running from the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming through Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, reports the Phnom Penh Post.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/busines...d-railway-line

For the moment, Cambodia is focused on completing a 6.5-kilometer stretch of train track near the border town of Poipet, which it aims to finish by mid-2016.

“First, we will connect the missing tracks on our side to reach the border of Thailand,” Ly Borin, spokesperson for the Cambodian Ministry of Transportation, told the Phnom Penh Post.

He added: “After the connection is ready, we will discuss the procedures to have a train run across countries, but currently it is important to connect the tracks first.” If all goes to plan, Cambodia and Thailand will offer train services across the border toward the end of this year.

The railway line, funded by the Asian Development Bank in 2010, has encountered a few hiccups in its development, however both the Thai and Cambodian governments are keen to push the project forward.

Beyond linking Thailand and its eastern neighbor, China is also in talks with several other countries to secure the remaining portions of the railway network, according to the Bangkok Post.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/...e-rail-network

The Pan-Asia Railway Network will consist of three main routes. Its central line will run from China through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia before ending in Singapore, while the western route will travel from China to Myanmar and around to Bangkok. The eastern line is set to begin in Bangkok and travel through Cambodia, tapping into Vietnam's existing railway services before finishing off in Kunming.
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China-Laos Railway could be built sooner than planned: Official

China-Laos Railway could be built sooner than planned: Official

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Fre...en_Railway.htm

Much has been done to move construction of the Vientiane-China railway forward following the groundbreaking ceremony that took place last month, the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport has said.

Mr Lattanamany Khounnivong told local media last week that construction could take just over four years, slightly less than the original estimation of five years.

Speaking during an interview with Lao National Television (LNT) on Friday, attended by reporters from various media outlets, he said the developers were keen to plough ahead with the 38.7 billion yuan (US$6.04 billion) project.

The deputy minister said the groundbreaking was not merely a ceremonial event held to mark National Day on December 2, with no work having been done since, as many people have said.

The groundbreaking signified the actual start of construction of the 427-km railway, with a number of activities having been undertaken since then.

Mr Lattanamany said financing had been sought to enable the Lao and Chinese governments to establish a joint venture company to carry out the project.

China will provide 70 percent of the investment cost, while Laos is responsible for the remainder. The two governments will each contribute 40 percent of their financial obligation to set up the joint venture company. The company will source the remaining funds from financial backers.

The Lao government has obtained a loan of about US$480 million from China to pay its share of the investment cost.

The funds needed to purchase trains and pay compensation to people who lose land and buildings so the railway can be built are included in the total investment cost.

Initially, 18 trains will be purchased, including four passenger trains.

The deputy minister said the route to be taken by the railway had been mapped out. The authorities were now gathering information about the property that would be affected so they could assess the amount of compensation that had to be paid.

People affected by the project would be compensated appropriately, he added.

Fifty metres of land along each side of the railway will be kept free and fenced off for safety reasons. The largest station, in Vientiane, will require 1.5 million square metres of land, while the smallest station on the route will require about 400,000 square metres.

The project developers and the contractor will soon meet to discuss the construction plan so that work can go ahead as quickly as possible.

Mr Lattanamany said the Chinese contractor had sent 40 technical staff to Laos to work on the project.

Laos fully supports the building of a railway in a bid to free itself from the constraints of being landlocked, hoping to create a land link and become a transit hub within the region.

The railway will lower transport costs and is expected to benefit the economy by attracting more foreign investment and providing much improved logistics services.

“By using the railway, passengers can cut the cost of travel in half compared to travelling by road, while it will cost a quarter of the current price to transport goods over the same distance by train,” Mr Lattanamany said.

Set to run at 160km per hour, the passenger train will be able to travel from Vientiane to the Chinese border in about three hours, much shorter than the more than 24 hours it takes to make the journey by road.

Freight trains will run at 120km per hour.

Passenger trains can travel at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour on flat terrain between Vangvieng and Vientiane.

There will be 11 passenger stations. Two will be built in the Boten and Nateuy areas of Luang Namtha province. Three stations will be built in Oudomxay's Namor, Xay and Nga districts.

Two stations will be built in Luang Prabang and Xieng-ngeun districts in Luang Prabang province. Three will be constructed in Kasy, Vangvieng and Phonhong districts in Vientiane province and the main station will be in Vientiane.

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But the first 6.5 km from the border to the mango orchard at the eastern suburb of Poipet have to be done first along with the reconstruction of both Poipet station building and piopet station yard. Without these things, there will be no connection between Bangkok and Phnom Penh
what is the guage of the line? one meter or 1.435mm?
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what is the guage of the line? one meter or 1.435mm?
Meter gauge, as both Thailand and Cambodia using meter gauge ...

There are 2 trains a day between BKK and Aranyaprathet (254.5 km) though - and 6 km extension all the way to poipet is a piece of cake but the station yard and station building of Poipet must be rebuilt though as the station building are severely damaged by the artillery shells. the existing 2 trains from BKK to Kabinburi (161 km) and commuter train to Prachinburi (130 km) should be extended to Aranyaprathet if possible though - need to upgrade train to Aranyaprathet to rapid train though.
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Pan Asian Railway Gets Firm Push from China

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http://news.cb.com.cn/html/economy_9_29322_1.html

China will invest heavily on borderline rail lines as part of the pan Asian railway network during its 13th five-year plan (2016-2020). These investments also are in line with China's own "One Belt, One Road (OBOR)" initiative endorsed by President Xi Jinping, which focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Eurasia.

Understanding neighboring countries' national interest concerns and financial constraints, China will start build sections within her own border, which itself is a monumental task because of the treacherous terrain it faces. Since border regions of China are usually underdeveloped, extending railway network to some of these areas, however, has it own economic merit. China hopes that by providing assistance if needed, some neighboring countries will gradually be persuaded and join the effort at times of their choosing.

China will build following sections of borderline railways from 2016-2020, according to Chinese media report

China-Russia Railway: Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang railway bridge (under construction)
China-Mongolia Railway: Ganqimaodu Borderline Railway
China-North Korea Railway: Changchun-Tumen Railway Upgrade

China–Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan Railway: Kashgar-Ulugqat Railway
China-Parkistan Railway: Kashgar-Khunjerab Railway
China-Kazakhstan Railway: Jinghe-Khorgos Railway Upgrade

China-Nepal Railway: Shigatse-Gyirong Railway
China-India Railway: Shigatse-Chomo Zong Railway

China-Myanmar Railway: Dali-Ruili Railway(under construction); Lincang-Qingshuihe Railway
China-Laos-Thailand Railway: under construction
China-Vietnam Railway: Jingxi-Longbang Railway; Fangchenggang-Dongxing Railway; Nanning-Pingxiang Railway Upgrade

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China will build following sections of borderline railways from 2016-2020, according to Chinese media report

China-Russia Railway: Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang railway bridge (under construction)
China-Mongolia Railway: Ganqimaodu Borderline Railway
China–Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan Railway: Kashgar-Ulugqat Railway
China-Kazakhstan Railway: Jinghe-Khorgos Railway Upgrade
Gauge over border: 1520 mm.
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China-North Korea Railway: Changchun-Tumen Railway Upgrade
The only border of China with same gauge. But the wires are 3 kV DC in North Korea, 25 kV AC in China.
Same issue exists on 1520 mm Finland-Russia border. There, Allegro trainsets have double electric equipment and run at 220 km/h on the 25 kV Finnish side and IIRC 160 km/h on 3 kV Russian side.
Does either China or Korea have any double tension trainsets to run between Korea and China?
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China-Parkistan Railway: Kashgar-Khunjerab Railway
China-India Railway: Shigatse-Chomo Zong Railway
Gauges over border 1676 and 1000 mm
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China-Nepal Railway: Shigatse-Gyirong Railway


China-Myanmar Railway: Dali-Ruili Railway(under construction); Lincang-Qingshuihe Railway
China-Laos-Thailand Railway: under construction
China-Vietnam Railway: Jingxi-Longbang Railway; Fangchenggang-Dongxing Railway; Nanning-Pingxiang Railway Upgrade
Gauge over border 1000 mm.
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Broad gauges is less of a problem for China as they can simply replace bogies when across the borders. Train has to stop for custom clearance anyway.

Meter gauges in Southeast Asia is bigger problem and they are in a bad shape.... That's why China want to take a lead in building the standard gauge railway across the region. China-Laos-Thailand is an example for that push.
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By the way, part of the Uzbek section of China–Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan Railway, Pap-Angren, will finish this year. And Kyrgyzstan government seems already reach conclusion about the route selection after years of discussions. They aim to start construction this year. Let's see how it plays out

Nepal situation is similar as Laos, they don't have much railway to start with. So gauge is not quite a issue here, but terrain is. Building a railway across Himalayas is no joke.... Nepal government want to have it because they want to have more options to goods transportation and don't want to repeat last year's gas shortage fiasco...
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The only border of China with same gauge. But the wires are 3 kV DC in North Korea, 25 kV AC in China.
Same issue exists on 1520 mm Finland-Russia border. There, Allegro trainsets have double electric equipment and run at 220 km/h on the 25 kV Finnish side and IIRC 160 km/h on 3 kV Russian side.
Does either China or Korea have any double tension trainsets to run between Korea and China?
they use diesel locomotives i think.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #218
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Nepal situation is similar as Laos, they don't have much railway to start with. So gauge is not quite a issue here, but terrain is. Building a railway across Himalayas is no joke.... Nepal government want to have it because they want to have more options to goods transportation and don't want to repeat last year's gas shortage fiasco...
True, but there is the question about rail connections Nepal-India, which won´t have 1435 mm gauge anyway.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 07:57 PM   #219
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True, but there is the question about rail connections Nepal-India, which won´t have 1435 mm gauge anyway.
It won't connect to India, it stops at Kathmandu. Evan it does, the situation will be similar as CIS now, so what? broad gauge is not a big issue, meter gauge is. Pan-Asia network will never be like Europe because of the colonial history and difficult terrain

From transportation point of view, gauge difference is not that relevant as long as countries still erect borders, which will NEVER get erased.

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Old January 12th, 2016, 08:06 PM   #220
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Besides, Spain also has a gauge changer between 1435 and 1672 mm, used for AVE high speed trains. So the technology is possible and available. Where should the break of gauge be - Birganj?
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