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Old June 7th, 2010, 05:02 AM   #2801
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BEIJING - CHINA will invest 700 billion yuan (S$145 billion) in high speed rail construction in 2010 as part of the nation's ambitious plan to revitalise its railways, state media said on Sunday.

By the end of the year, China should have over 11,000 kilometres (6,800 miles) of high speed track in operation, up from just over 6,500 kilometres, He Huawu, the railway ministry's chief engineer told Xinhua news agency.

The existing high-speed line between Beijing and the eastern port city of Tianjin, which reaches a speed of 350 kilometres an hour (217 miles an hour), serves as the standard for the nation's high speed system, Mr He said. He was speaking at an international seminar on railway construction and urban development in China's far north-eastern city of Harbin, the report said.

High speed lines currently under construction include the Harbin-Beijing line and a north-south line linking Harbin and Fujian province on China's south-east coast, he said.

As part of its efforts to spur economic growth amid the global downturn, China announced last year it planned to build 42 high-speed railway lines by 2012 in a massive system overhaul, state media reported earlier. Earlier this year, the railway ministry announced the high-speed line linking Beijing and Shanghai will open in 2011, a year ahead of schedule, cutting travel time from 10 hours to four, state press said.

Beijing has an ambitious rail development programme aimed at increasing the national network from the current 86,000 kilometres to 120,000 kilometres by 2020. The expanded network will include 50,000 kilometres of high-speed rail. -- AFP
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Not sure how much these numbers are accurate though. Some other articles published at the same time give different numbers.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 01:57 PM   #2802
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Well, the government took a number of projects scheduled for completion by 2020, and approved them en-masse starting in late-2008.

With a typical project duration of 4years, that sounds about right. There is very little technical or execution risk as they're just building on proven technology, and infrastructure projects in China are virtually always on time and on budget.


Have a look at the 3 project lists on Wikipedia below for more details, but I think there might be some fuzziness on what constitutes a separate project. Plus some of those 42 lines may already have opened

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-sp...id_.284.2B4.29
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Old June 7th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #2803
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It's a possibility that some media journalists simply misinterpret or exaggerate the data (intentionally or not). I guess most of them simply have no much clue what they are writing about. And since there are very few people in general public who give a toss about such details in the end noone really cares.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #2804
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Plus some of those 42 lines may already have opened

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-sp...id_.284.2B4.29
Which day of this month shall Nanchang - Jiujiang railway open?
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Old June 8th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #2805
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There is a new book on CRH2-350 and CRH3-350. Following post has many details showing Chinese have made a lot of substantial improvements:

http://bbs.cjdby.net/thread-639142-1-1.html (original post is at ourail.com)
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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:18 AM   #2806
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There is a new book on CRH2-350 and CRH3-350. Following post has many details showing Chinese have made a lot of substantial improvements:

http://bbs.cjdby.net/thread-639142-1-1.html (original post is at ourail.com)
It's old, not a "new" book. The book strategizes feasible modifications and improvements, which were to take place later on. As such, the book does not show that the Chinese "have made" these modifications.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #2807
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Yichang-Wanzhou Railway

does anybody have any update on the Yi-Wan railway that is currently under construction? any graph/video will be appreciated. it was reported to be operational before the end of this year, two years behind the original schedule due to extreme geological condtions. i saw some video showing how dangerous it is to dig tunnels through the carbonate rock there, man, that is one tough railway to build!
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Old June 10th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #2808
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does anybody have any update on the Yi-Wan railway that is currently under construction? any graph/video will be appreciated. it was reported to be operational before the end of this year, two years behind the original schedule due to extreme geological condtions. i saw some video showing how dangerous it is to dig tunnels through the carbonate rock there, man, that is one tough railway to build!
Here is a picture from Enshi newsweb which is about 6 weeks old:
http://www.enshi.cn/20100429/ca179927.htm

Enshi is a city on the Yi-Wan RR.


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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:05 AM   #2809
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thx for the news piece!

i know Enshi is kinda in the middle of Yichang and Wanzhou, and rail tracks are being laid from both end points toward the middle. if tracks have already reached Enshi, it is highly possible that the railway will be operational before the end of this year.

this is the most difficult railway that chinese workers have built/been building in china. about 74% of the total 377km railway will be running either on 179 bridges or in 121 tunnels, since the local Karst topography makes railway construction a nightmare.

i searched on the internet and found these magnificent pictures of the railway. the pictures were taken in JianShi county and posted on ourail.com.
hope the links would work.

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Here is a picture from Enshi newsweb which is about 6 weeks old:
http://www.enshi.cn/20100429/ca179927.htm

Enshi is a city on the Yi-Wan RR.


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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:11 AM   #2810
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They are not showing up. I had to paste it to my address bar to actually see them. It would be a good idea if you host them somewhere else and make them appear.

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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #2811
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shoot, that's what i am worrying about
will upload them to flickr then
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They are not howing up. I had to paste it to my address bar to actually see them. It would be a good idea if you host them somewhere else and make them appear.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:27 AM   #2812
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I can actually see them all now... weird. Anyway, incredible sights.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:29 AM   #2813
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because i just fixed the links

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Old June 11th, 2010, 04:51 AM   #2814
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #2815
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Amazing photos! Chinese rail engineers must be some of the best in the world to build stuff like that. Incredible.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #2816
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Oo my God.. magnificent pictures indeed. Scenery looks mythical. Especially this one:

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Old June 11th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #2817
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看得我云里雾里的。
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #2818
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is this a highspeed line?

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thx for the news piece!

i know Enshi is kinda in the middle of Yichang and Wanzhou, and rail tracks are being laid from both end points toward the middle. if tracks have already reached Enshi, it is highly possible that the railway will be operational before the end of this year.

this is the most difficult railway that chinese workers have built/been building in china. about 74% of the total 377km railway will be running either on 179 bridges or in 121 tunnels, since the local Karst topography makes railway construction a nightmare.

i searched on the internet and found these magnificent pictures of the railway. the pictures were taken in JianShi county and posted on ourail.com.
hope the links would work.

image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #2819
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On wiki it says: Mixed passenger & freight HSR connecting Yichang & Lichuan; 200km/h.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #2820
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