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Old January 12th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #221
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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?
I suspect Nepal don't even have a long term railway planning in place now. I know they long want to have another route for transportation other than Indian one.

Actually I am surprised China want to build the section now. It will be order of magnitude more difficult than Qinghai-Tibet railway.

There is a paper in Chinese talking about the route selection of this railway

http://www.doc88.com/p-1498501064334.html
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Old January 24th, 2016, 06:12 PM   #222
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Nujiang Railway Bridge Starts Construction as part of China-Myanmar Railway

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0125/c98649-9008964.html




Photo taken on Jan. 19 shows the pier and cable crane tower of the Nu River Bridge.


Photo taken on Jan. 19 shows the pier and cable crane tower of the Nu River Bridge. (Photo/Xinhua)

Construction begins on the Nu River Bridge, a project along the Sino-Myanmar Railway, on Jan. 24. It will be the steel truss railroad bridge with the longest span in the world.

Located at the junction of the Shidian county and Longling county in southwest China's Yunnan Province, the Nu River Bridge will have a total length of 1,024 meters. The height of the bridge above the river will be 211 meters. The bridge will mainly use steel truss arch beams with a span of 490 meters.

Yan Shuxin, a director from the constructors, China Railway 18 Bureau Group, said that due to restrictions arising from the special topography of the Nu River and Gaoligong mountains, the railway station will be built upon a deck. The width of the deck will reach 24.9 meters, which will be the widest among the same type of railway bridges in China. The construction of the Nu River Bridge will use over 46,000 tons of steel. It will require rare precision in the manufacturing of the steel trusses, and pose high risks in terms of assembling steel trusses at high-altitude.

The Sino-Myanmar Railway linking China's Kunming and Myanmar's Yangon covers a total length of 1,920 kilometers, among which, a 690-km-long section is in the territory of China. A 350-km-long railway from Kunming to Dali in China has been built. With the Nu River Railway Bridge, the 340-km-long railway linking Dali and Ruili will help to reduce the current travel time of 7 hours to about 2 hours by train.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 07:29 AM   #223
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so we can expect the rail line to be completed around 2021?
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Old January 25th, 2016, 03:27 PM   #224
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so we can expect the rail line to be completed around 2021?

Yes, as long as 34+ km Gaoligongshan tunnel will complete on schedule
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Old January 25th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #225
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Where in Myanmar/Burma will the 2021 section terminate?
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Old January 25th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #226
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Where in Myanmar/Burma will the 2021 section terminate?
Ruili checkpoint at the time being.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #227
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Where in Myanmar/Burma will the 2021 section terminate?
Muse - Kyaukpyu,put on hold because of Myanmar's domestic opposition
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Muse - Kyaukpyu,put on hold because of Myanmar's domestic opposition
Yah, at best, Chinese - Myanmar can reach Muse checkpoint opposite to Ruili though but the issue with the land from Muse checkpoint to the railhead at Lashio or so is one of several bones of contention along with the railway land along the line all the way to Kyaukpyu Deep Sea port
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Old January 26th, 2016, 06:48 AM   #229
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apart from land issues what are the other issues?
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Old January 26th, 2016, 06:50 AM   #230
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apart from land issues what are the other issues?
Bitterness of Myanmese people toward Chinese investors
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 08:59 PM   #231
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ADB to fund 1.5 bln USD for Bangladesh-Myanmar railway network

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reportedly keen to fund a 1.5 billion U.S. dollars for building a rail line that will connect Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh's southeastern beach resort, to neighboring Myanmar as part of a larger Trans-Asian Railway network.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2011 opened construction work on the rail line but it has been on hold due to lack of funds.
"The ADB has been prioritising Bangladesh's policy for development through regional connectivity," Bangladesh Economic Relations Division (ERD) Joint Secretary Saifuddin Ahmed was quoted as saying in a report of leading local news agency bdnews24.com on Friday.
"The project under Trans-Asian Railway corridor will set up rail links with Myanmar. The ADB wants to fund it because of its tremendous prospect," he said.
Some 100 km of rail lines will connect Bangladesh with Myanmar through Ghumdhum border.
"We've had two meetings with the ADB mission on this project. The ADB has agreed to give 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in loan at two percent interest."
Bangladesh has a 300 km-border with Myanmar and the country expects to connect by road and rail with Kunming in China through Myanmar.

http://english.yunnan.cn/html/2016/asean_0222/4194.html
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 02:55 AM   #232
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Feasibility study of Laos-VN railway line begins

http://vietnamnews.vn/society/282647...ne-begins.html

HA NOI (VNS) — The transport ministry will conduct the feasibility study of a 550km-long railway line, linking Laos' Vientiane to Vung Ang in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam, from December 2015 to December 2017.

The study will be conducted with a $US3-million ODA grant from the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA), with the aim of preparing a master plan and providing capacity-building to the railway sectors of the two countries.

The study will be divided into three phases, comprising a six-month survey of the project, a one-year feasibility study and six months of finishing the study.

The KOICA will hold two training courses, one in June for training management officers and the other in March 2017 for training engineers.

The Railway Project Management Board will be the Vietnamese representative that will work with the KOICA.

The transport ministry and the KOICA had signed a record of discussion to study the feasibility of the railway line in October last year.

The Vietnamese section of the railway line from Vung Ang in the central Ha Tinh Province to the Viet-Laos Border Gate will be 119km long.

The railway line will be an important link to the ASEAN as well as the Greater Mekong River sub-region. — VNS
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 02:56 AM   #233
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Thai-Chinese railway project to begin by the end of 2016: Thai media

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0216/c90000-9017458.html



Thai-Chinese Bt500-billion medium-speed railway project could be signed by the end of this year, Thai media outlets reported on Monday.

During a panel discussion on major Thai-Chinese issues hosted by Suthichai Yoon for Nation TV's Timeline programme, Aksornsri Phanishsarn, director of the Thai-Chinese Strategic Research Centre, said that if implemented, Thailand's northeastern provinces would gain the most economic benefits from the proposed 800-kilometer-plus railway project linking Nong Khai with Laos and southern China, The Nation reported.

"It will upgrade the country's logistics capability and significantly shorten the transportation time for Thai exports to Europe," she said.

The report also cited Sarasin Viraphol, executive vice president of Charoen Pokphand Group, who told the panel discussion that he expected the project to take off within this year after both countries had negotiated for more than three years.

China and Thailand agreed in a memorandum of understanding to build a long-mooted railway from the Thai-Lao border to Bangkok, said Thailand's transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith on Dec. 3, 2015.

A foundation stone-laying ceremony of a planned China-Thailand Railway project was held on Dec. 19, 2015 at Chiang Rak Noi Station in central Thailand's Ayutthaya province, where the future Operations Control Center of the railway project will be located.

For Thailand, Deputy Premier Somkid Jatusripitak said it was necessary for both countries to set up a joint venture company first and then finalize the project's cost, interest rate on loans and resolution of other issues.

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, during the visit to China by Thailand's Transport and Finance Ministers, they suggested that the double-track railway line should be reduced to a single-track line.

The report on The Nation said that the Chinese side has not responded to Thailand's latest proposal for China to hold the majority 60-per-cent stake in the entire project since it was previously tentatively agreed that China would only hold shares in a joint venture company that would operate the railway service.

Joe Horn Phathanothai of Strategy 613, a Thai-Chinese consultancy, said it was not unusual for both countries to take time to iron out differences since the project required huge investment and had many details, according to the report.

The 10th round of Thai-Chinese negotiations will take place in China soon and it greatly depends on the Chinese side as to whether there will be a deal by the end of this year.
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HA NOI (VNS) — The transport ministry will conduct the feasibility study of a 550km-long railway line, linking Laos' Vientiane to Vung Ang in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam, from December 2015 to December 2017.

The study will be conducted with a $US3-million ODA grant from the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA), with the aim of preparing a master plan and providing capacity-building to the railway sectors of the two countries.

The study will be divided into three phases, comprising a six-month survey of the project, a one-year feasibility study and six months of finishing the study.

The KOICA will hold two training courses, one in June for training management officers and the other in March 2017 for training engineers.

The Railway Project Management Board will be the Vietnamese representative that will work with the KOICA.

The transport ministry and the KOICA had signed a record of discussion to study the feasibility of the railway line in October last year.

The Vietnamese section of the railway line from Vung Ang in the central Ha Tinh Province to the Viet-Laos Border Gate will be 119km long.

The railway line will be an important link to the ASEAN as well as the Greater Mekong River sub-region. — VNS
how long is the entire proposed line? In effect it will be another transit line between Thailand via Laos and Vietnam.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 12:34 PM   #235
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how long is the entire proposed line? In effect it will be another transit line between Thailand via Laos and Vietnam.
550 km from Viengchan station all the way to Vung An in Ha Tinh
9 + 3.5 km from Viengchan station National Stadium near Lao National University to Nong Khai station

621.100 km from Nong Khai station to Bangkok railway terminus at Hua Lamphong
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ADB to fund 1.5 bln USD for Bangladesh-Myanmar railway network

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reportedly keen to fund a 1.5 billion U.S. dollars for building a rail line that will connect Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh's southeastern beach resort, to neighboring Myanmar as part of a larger Trans-Asian Railway network.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2011 opened construction work on the rail line but it has been on hold due to lack of funds.
"The ADB has been prioritising Bangladesh's policy for development through regional connectivity," Bangladesh Economic Relations Division (ERD) Joint Secretary Saifuddin Ahmed was quoted as saying in a report of leading local news agency bdnews24.com on Friday.
"The project under Trans-Asian Railway corridor will set up rail links with Myanmar. The ADB wants to fund it because of its tremendous prospect," he said.
Some 100 km of rail lines will connect Bangladesh with Myanmar through Ghumdhum border.
"We've had two meetings with the ADB mission on this project. The ADB has agreed to give 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in loan at two percent interest."
Bangladesh has a 300 km-border with Myanmar and the country expects to connect by road and rail with Kunming in China through Myanmar.

http://english.yunnan.cn/html/2016/asean_0222/4194.html
Need 128 km meter gauge single track rail from Chittakong port all the way to UKhia checkpoint via Cox' Bazaar while India needs 346 km rail to connect
Jiribam town in Manipur with Kalai town of Myanmar
http://bdnews24.com/economy/2016/02/...ailway-network
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:04 PM   #237
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Need 128 km meter gauge single track rail from Chittakong port all the way to UKhia checkpoint via Cox' Bazaar while India needs 346 km rail to connect
Jiribam town in Manipur with Kalai town of Myanmar
http://bdnews24.com/economy/2016/02/...ailway-network

How likely are those two links to be built?
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How likely are those two links to be built?
Hard to say. Nevertheless, for the case of UKhia checkpoint (উখিয়া), it need further extension to Teknaf (টেকনাফ) and build the new railway friendship bridge across Naf river ((Burmese: နတ်မြစ် ; Arakanese: နတ်မြစ် ; Bengali: নাফ নদী) to the town of Maungdaw (မောင်တောမြို့) - this is a relatively easy as Bangladesh and Myanmar are using Meter gauge.

On the other hand, the 346 km railway to connect Jiribam town in Manipur with Kalai town (Kalay) of Myanmar, the Indian section will be broad gauge with the break of the gauge at the border (either at Moreh in Manipur or Tamu in Myanamar). However, the section from the border (definitely Tamu) to Kalay, it has to be meter guage and major rail rehabilitation from Kalay to Gant gaw to be at par with Yangon - Mandalay main line as it seems to me that the railway from Gant gaw to Kalay is out of use due to the deteriorating condition.
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Feasibility study for Laos-Vietnam railway begins
Vientiane Times 24 Feb 2016

A feasibility study for a railway linking the Lao capital of Vientiane with Vung Ang seaport in central Ha Tinh province of Vietnam has begun, a senior Lao official has said.

The study of the 550km-long rail line is set to take about two years to complete, scheduled from December 2015 to December 2017, according to Vietnam News .

The study is being conducted with a US$3 million grant from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), with the aim of preparing a master plan and providing capacity building to the railway sectors of the two countries.

The Lao official has confirmed that the study began a few months ago, adding that Lao officials in charge of the project held meetings with KOICA's experts yesterday in Vientiane to discuss related works.

“We are scheduled to meet with Vietnamese officials today,” he said.

The project's section in Laos will be about 450 km long, while the section in Vietnam was reported to be about 119 km long.

The Vientiane–Thakhaek–Muya rail project is technically known as the A3 rail project. If realised, it will connect Laos to Vung Ang seaport in central Ha Tinh province of Vietnam. It will also be an important link within Asean, the 10-member regional bloc.

Currently, the Lao and Chinese governments are developing the Kunming-Singapore rail network, whose section in Laos from Vientiane to the Chinese border is being developed following the groundbreaking ceremony that took place on December 2, 2015 in Vientiane, according to the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

The Kunming-Singapore rail network will link China to Singapore via Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.

With the Lao government having set an ambitious plan to develop four railways in total, the Vientiane–Thakhaek–Muya rail project will link the Kunming-Singapore rail network in Vientiane southward to other two railways, which are planned – the Savan-Lao Bao rail project and the Vientiane-Pakxe-Chongmek rail project. In 2012, the Lao government signed an agreement with a Malaysian investor, Giant Rail Company Limited, to develop the Savan-Lao Bao rail project linking central Savannakhet province of Laos with the Laos-Vietnam Dansavan-Lao Bao border gate over a distance of about 220km in length. This project is still in the preparation stage for construction.

In addition, an initial survey was completed on the Vientiane-Pakxe-Chongmek project some 452 km in length connecting Vangtao-Chongmek Lao-Thai border checkpoint in the southern province of Champassak with the Savan-Lao Bao railway project and the Vientiane–Thakhaek–Muya rail project as well as the Vientiane-Boten project.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 06:46 AM   #240
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So are talking about a series of east-west and north-south interconnecting railways arranged in a grid pattern?
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