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Old December 26th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #1981
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Guangzhou-Wuhan High speed trains inaugurated today.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 07:29 AM   #1982
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High-speed railway now open

Source: Xinhua
2009-12-27

THE Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway started operation yesterday and it features one of the world's fastest train rides at 350 kilometers per hour. One train departed both Wuhan Railway Station and Guangzhou North Railway Station about 9am. Both completed their trips within three hours, compared with the usual 10 1/2 hours. The service between Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, and Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong Province, was put into trial operation on December 9. Trains reached a maximum speed of 394.2 kph during testing.

A 600-member delegation from Xianning City boarded the train at 10am at Xianning North Station to promote tourism and attract investment in Guangzhou. Nearly two hours later, they had to take off their winter coats as they arrived in Guangzhou, where the temperature was about 20 degrees Celsius. "We have been waiting a long time for the service to start," said Zheng Zengjin, manager of Yaochi Hotel in Xianning and a delegation member. "Previously, we had to suffer the exhausting and uncomfortable train trips that took more than 10 hours. "We expect closer cooperation between the Pearl River Delta and less developed regions such as Xianning with this faster rail link."

While traveling by train in China has usually meant crowded cars, dirty toilets and overnight trips, speed is the future of train travel as the government has launched a major upgrade of the nation's over-stretched railway system. The government spent more than 20 years lifting the speed of passenger trains from an average of 43 kph in 1978 to 100 kph in 2001. It took only nine years to reach 350 kph, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of design for the Wuhan-Guangzhou line. High-speed railways average 243 kph in Japan, 277 kph in France and 232 kph in Germany, he said.

China will build 42 high-speed passenger rail lines with a total length of 13,000 kilometers in the next three years, covering more than 90 percent of the population. By 2012, trips from Beijing to most provincial capital cities will take one to eight hours, said Railway Ministry spokesman Wang Yongping. High-speed rail services from Beijing to Hong Kong are expected to open in three years, cutting the journey time from 23 hours to eight. A one-way trip from Shanghai to Hong Kong will be shortened to six hours from the current 18, he said.

Zheng Zengwu, a 46-year-old train driver based at Wuhan Railway Station, has seen the evolution from steam locomotives and diesel-fueled engines to the high-speed trains during his 30-year career. "I'm proud China's railway technology is developing so fast," he said. "The new trains are so steady and comfortable."
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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #1983
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Magnificent Wuhan Railway Station

December 11, 2009
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The main building of Wuhan Railway Station lights up for test, Dec. 9, 2009. Wuhan Railway Station locates in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, and has 11 platforms, a total of 20 track. (Xinhua)

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An interior view of the under-construction Wuhan Railway Station is seen in this photo taken on Dec. 10, 2009 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The station costing more than 14 billion RMB yuan (2.4 billion U.S. dollars) is scheduled to be put into use on Dec. 20. It is the first station built for the Wuhan-Guangzhou high speed railway passenger special line. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

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An interior view of the under-construction Wuhan Railway Station is seen in this photo taken on Dec. 10, 2009 (Xinhua/Cheng Min)
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Old December 30th, 2009, 09:19 AM   #1984
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Four killed, five injured in clash with railway guards

Date: 2009 December 28
Time: 20:15 CST (GMT+08:00)
Location: Near Jinghai Station, Jinghu (Beijing-Shanghai) Railway, Tianjin
Train: D38 from Jinan (18:16) to Beijing South (21:22)

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TIANJIN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and five others injured in a clash with railway guards in the port city of Tianjin Monday, the local public security authority said Tuesday.

A large number of unregistered tricycle drivers gathered around the government building of Jinghai County Monday, protesting against the latest government campaign of cracking down upon illegal business of passenger transportation.

The protesters then moved to the Tianjin Jinghai Station of the Beijing-Shanghai Railway in the evening, pushing down fences that cordon off the rail and clashed with railway security staff, according to the public security bureau of Jinghai.

However, some of the protesters were hit or scratched by an arriving train at 8:15 p.m.. Four were killed and the five injured were in a stable condition in a local hospital.

The county began to ban tricycle drivers from illegally transporting passengers in July to protect registered taxi business and restore normal traffic order. Those who defy the official order will face high fines.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 09:25 AM   #1985
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Construction work of three railway lines began on December 29

Zhengzhou-Jiaozuo Intercity Railway

77-km long (8.5 km shared with Jingguang Railway); 200 km/h; CN¥9.76 billion

Zhengzhou-Kaifeng Intercity Railway

50-km long; 200 km/h; CN¥5.87; travel time 19 minutes

Zhengzhou-XinzhangAirport Railway

30-km long; 200 km/h; CN¥5.59; travel time 14 minutes
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Old December 30th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #1986
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Construction work on Yungui Railway began on December 27

Kunming South to Nanning East

714.56 km long; 200–250 km/h
cut the travel time from 12 hours to 4 hours
70% on bridges or in tunnels
total bridge length: 99.18 km
total tunnel length: 400.95 km
25 stations
CN¥ 89.481
complete in 6 years (2015)
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:22 PM   #1987
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Zhengzhou-Jiaozuo Intercity Railway

77-km long (8.5 km shared with Jingguang Railway); 200 km/h; CN¥9.76 billion

Zhengzhou-Kaifeng Intercity Railway

50-km long; 200 km/h; CN¥5.87; travel time 19 minutes

Zhengzhou-XinzhangAirport Railway

30-km long; 200 km/h; CN¥5.59; travel time 14 minutes
Those are really, really interesting.

How many stops between Zhengzhou and Kaifeng?

When is completion due?

Are there any other 200 km/h railways in China that are shorter than 100 km?
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Old January 1st, 2010, 03:44 PM   #1988
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BTW
could anyone tell me where exactly in Wuhan this new CRH station is located?
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Old January 1st, 2010, 04:29 PM   #1989
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How many stops between Zhengzhou and Kaifeng?

When is completion due?
Five stations including the two terminals.

Due in 2013.

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could anyone tell me where exactly in Wuhan this new CRH station is located?
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:05 AM   #1990
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What about non HSR rail. Something like 160 kph intercity connections ? Are they common in China ? What trains are beign used for that ?
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:11 AM   #1991
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What about non HSR rail. Something like 160 kph intercity connections ? Are they common in China ? What trains are beign used for that ?
The vast majority of Chinese people travel by regular intercity trains, which are similar to those used in Europe and Russia. During the Chinese New Year holiday season over a billion trips are made on the railway system, and trains are crammed until their absolute maximum space. Don't you dare travel during the holiday season!
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 03:20 AM   #1992
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What about non HSR rail. Something like 160 kph intercity connections ? Are they common in China ? What trains are beign used for that ?
Good point, Mateusz. I would love to see some regular trains and locomotives used in China (both passenger and freight). It wouls also be a good idea to separate threads for HSR and regular trains.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:53 AM   #1993
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"Blue Arrow" DJJ1 EMU (push-pull). This was the train from Chengdu to Chongqing North before 2009 September 28. It had been replaced by CRH.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 11:45 AM   #1994
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Any recent news on China's Zefiro? I tried finding it online its all dated info.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 02:23 PM   #1995
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Heavy snow hits northern China




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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #1996
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Just looking at photos of that much snow causes all transport in the UK to stop.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #1997
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News say snow fall was around 33cm (about 13 inch). It is not that bad actually :p
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:14 AM   #1998
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Faster by rail to the city

Shanghai Daily
Created: 2010-1-5
Author:Zha Minjie

VISITORS from neighboring provinces will have faster routes to Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo with two rail lines and a rail transport hub opening to passengers during the event. The inter-city railway between Shanghai and Jiangsu Province's Nanjing City is expected to be in use by July while a service between Shanghai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province will be ready by October. The trains used will be able to reach a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour. Railway officials said the lines will "provide convenient traffic to the city."

Shanghai Railway Bureau, which is responsible for rail services in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and part of Anhui, plans to invest over 100 billion yuan (US$14.65 billion) this year in rail infrastructure mainly in east China. The Shanghai-Nanjing railway will cut travel time to about 75 minutes from the current 120 minutes. The line is expected to carry 48.5 million passengers annually by 2020. The Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway will cut the journey to 38 minutes from the current more than an hour, officials said.

The two new lines will terminate at Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station. The station, part of the Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub, will handle over 80 million passengers a year.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #1999
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Can someone clarify some information about Guangzhou-Wuhan Railway?

As I understand it, the Wuhan station is in the eastern end of the city, not anywhere near the Wuhan Metro.

Now the train stops at Guangzhou North and Guangzhou South. Is neither of these on the Guangzhou Metro? Will they be connected to the Guangzhou Metro?

I know Guangzhou Station is on lines 2 and 5, and Guangzhou East Station is on lines 3. Will these stations be connected to high-speed rail?
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Can someone clarify some information about Guangzhou-Wuhan Railway?

As I understand it, the Wuhan station is in the eastern end of the city, not anywhere near the Wuhan Metro.

Now the train stops at Guangzhou North and Guangzhou South. Is neither of these on the Guangzhou Metro? Will they be connected to the Guangzhou Metro?

I know Guangzhou Station is on lines 2 and 5, and Guangzhou East Station is on lines 3. Will these stations be connected to high-speed rail?
Wuhan Station will be served by Metro Line 4, which will be opened on December 30, 2012.

Guangzhou South Station will be served by three metro lines and three intercity lines. The first two lines – Guangzhou Metro Line 2 and Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Line – will be opened before 2010 Asian Games in November 2010.
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