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Old June 29th, 2010, 11:41 AM   #2881
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The 200-meter-long CRH3 (China Railways High-speed) train has eight carriages and 557 seats. About 120 shuttles are scheduled everyday, linking Shanghai, Nanjing and six other cities along the route.
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"I heard it will take only 73 minutes to get to Shanghai by the high-speed train, which means I can make a shuttle between the two cities in a morning. It feels like travelling within Shanghai."
Does the 73 minutes include 6 stops?
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Wang Huaping and his wife are among the commuters. With a monthly income of 20,000 yuan, they spent about 1.16 million yuan on a flat of 137 square meters in Kunshan City, a stop on the high-speed railway.

"The same amount of money could only buy a flat of only 40 square meters in Shanghai. After the high-speed train begins, it will take a little more than 10 minutes to get to Shanghai. It's no different from living in Shanghai," Wang said.
Then what are the other five stops, and their respective scheduled trip times to Shanghai?
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Old June 29th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #2882
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Since Monday, the green-hulled train running on coal will be replaced by a more advanced air-conditioned train running on electricity.
Huh?? A badly worded sentence. Steam locomotive hauled passenger trains were retired years ago in China. I think more accurately: "kitchen/dining cars using coal stoves on this train will be replaced by air-conditioned ones running on electricity".
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Old June 29th, 2010, 03:16 PM   #2883
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Expansion Work Begins on China's Xiamen Railway Station



Work on the expansion of the Xiamen Railway Station has begun in China.

The project involves expansion of the station's main building and surrounding facilities, construction of five new platforms, and municipal engineering work, according to whatsonxiamen.com.

Work on the surrounding facilities includes expanding the southern square, northern square and vehicle parking lots.

The first phase of the work is expected to involve building the southern square and southern station building and the second will demolish the existing northern station building and construct a new one.

The expansion work, scheduled to be completed in three years, will increase the total area of the station main building to 24,000m² – capable of accommodating up to 4,000 people.

The move is expected to facilitate the rising number of passengers following the arrival of the Fuzhou-Xiamen bullet trains in April.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 02:58 AM   #2884
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Since Monday, the green-hulled train running on coal will be replaced by a more advanced air-conditioned train running on electricity. The schedule remains entirely unaltered, but the traveling experience will be improved with better facilities.
I was wondering if the author really thought that China still used steam locomotives, but then I realised that perhaps he/she was trying to say that the old carriages had coal-fired boilers for heating. Am I right?
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Old June 30th, 2010, 12:37 PM   #2885
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Old June 30th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #2886
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The southern square of Xiamen Railway Station mentioned in the earlier article:
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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #2887
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PM for tri-nation body to implement road-rail link

Dhaka, June 16 (bdnews24.com)—Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed a tri-nation committee for implementation of road and rail links from Bangladesh to China via Myanmar.

Hasina told parliament Wednesday that the Chinese leadership responded positively for setting up the road and rail connections from Cox's Bazar to China's Kunming through Myanmar.

The prime minister's written answer to the question made by Jaamat MP Lutfor Rahman was distributed among the MPs as she did not read out the same.

"During my China visit in March this year, I have had talks with Chinese president and premier in this regard," Hasina told parliament.

"I've made a proposal to the Chinese leaders about forming a tri-nation committee for implementation of the proposed Bangladesh-China road and rail links. This will help Bangladesh, China and Myanmar to work in a coordinated way," she said.

Prime minister Hasina on June 14 again discussed the issue of constructing the communication links from Ramu to Kunming during the visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jingping.

Xi responded positively for building the communication links, diplomatic sources say.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have been in consultation for constructing a 135 km-long cross boundary road starting from Ramu of Cox's Bazar to Kyanktow in Myanmar.

The two neighbours are also discussing construction of rail links between them.

The prime minister said China's Kunming had road communication link up to Kyanktow in Myanamr.

The two countries will have to construct a 135 km road link—one from Kyanktow to Bowlibazar (110 km), one from Bowlibazar to Taungbro (23 km) and the other from Ghundum to Ramu (2 km).

In the first phase, Bangladesh will provide funding for constructing a 2 km-road from Ramu to Ghundum (Bangladesh-Myanmar bordering point) and 23 km Taungbro- Bowlibazar road inside Myanmar.

In the second phase, Bowlibazar-Kyangtow road will be constructed by Myanmar.

Bangladesh and Mynamr in 2007 signed a memorandum of understanding for building the Bowlibazar to Taungbro highway.

"I will discuss the issue with the Myanmar authorities again in near future," said Hasina who would visit the country sometime this year.

"The communication links will not only connect Bangladesh with China and Myanmar, but also with the ASEAN countries", she said.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 05:53 AM   #2888
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Baoji-Lanzhou High-Speed Railway is approved by the National Development and Reform Commission

Construction work will start soon.



Baoji-Lanzhou
Length: 399.972 km (92.3% elevated or in tunnels)
Designed speed: 350 km/h
Investment: ¥56.45 billion
Gradient: 20‰ (up to 25‰ in some section)
Single trip time: 82 minutes minimum
Due for operation in 2014

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Old July 1st, 2010, 05:57 AM   #2889
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Shanghai-Nanjing HSR opened for service

Live on TV: http://www.smgbb.cn/2010/tv/live.html?210-1277939700

Length: 301 km
Maximum speed: 300–350 km/h
Single trip time: 73 minutes minimum (non-stop service)
First trains leaves at 8 am from Nanjing and Shanghai Hongqiao respectively
Ticket price (entire journey): ¥146 second class, ¥233 first class
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:02 AM   #2890
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Shanghai-Lhasa train now runs every day

http://society.people.com.cn/GB/41158/11982354.html

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人民网上海6月27日电 (记者沈文敏)今天从上海铁路局获悉,根据铁道部统一安排,从7月1日起,上海至拉萨T164/5次、T166/3次特快旅客列车将由现在的隔日开行改为每日开行,并同时更换新车厢。

  据了解,改为每日开行后的T164/5次、T166/3次特快旅客列车,其上海至拉萨间各站的始发、沿途停站和终到时间及票价均不变。
From July 1 on, the trains between Shanghai and Lhasa, T164/5 and T166/3, will run every day than every other day before. The ticket price remains unchanged.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:40 AM   #2891
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Live on TV: http://www.smgbb.cn/2010/tv/live.html?210-1277939700

Length: 301 km
Maximum speed: 300–350 km/h
Single trip time: 73 minutes minimum (non-stop service)
First trains leaves at 8 am from Nanjing and Shanghai Hongqiao respectively
Ticket price (entire journey): ¥146 second class, ¥233 first class
here some pics

Nanjing-Shanghai express rail opens today (7/1/2010)

Length: 301km
Max speed: 350kmph
Travel time: 73min











Shanghai Hongqiao express rail station opens

some construction pics taken on 6/24















(sina.com)

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Old July 1st, 2010, 02:00 PM   #2892
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Live on TV: http://www.smgbb.cn/2010/tv/live.html?210-1277939700

Length: 301 km
Maximum speed: 300–350 km/h
Single trip time: 73 minutes minimum (non-stop service)
So are there stopping services?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 02:54 PM   #2893
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here some pics



(sina.com)
I dig this bicycle cruising down a station corridor lol.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:33 PM   #2894
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So are there stopping services?
It appears that there are no stations to stop at.

Checking it out on Google earth, the high speed line is duplicated from the outskirts of Shanghai (near the A5 expressway) to the outskirts of Suzhou, and the duplicate has stations, but it then diverges into and through Suxhou (with a new station for it), but the HSL proper bypasses Suzhou completely.

The trail disappears as the line is approaching Wuxi, but again appears intent on bypassing the city completely. The trail picks up again near Nanjing, where it heads into the city. But again there is also an avoiding line to the south.

the duplicate line travels beside the old mainline all the way to Wuxi, where again the trail ends.

Does anyone have any further info? The duplicate line appears to be well aligned for high speed as well.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 08:37 PM   #2895
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The southern square of Xiamen Railway Station mentioned in the earlier article:
It must be one of the 5 more beautiful train stations built/UC since the 30s.
I'm thinking on the Calatrava ones also.

Amazing, hope every new station follows this design.

Saying other posts, I see Chinese development is much more integrative with its neighbors than american one that forgot completely Mexico and Central America with no physical integration.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 10:19 PM   #2896
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It appears that there are no stations to stop at.

Checking it out on Google earth, the high speed line is duplicated from the outskirts of Shanghai (near the A5 expressway) to the outskirts of Suzhou, and the duplicate has stations, but it then diverges into and through Suxhou (with a new station for it), but the HSL proper bypasses Suzhou completely.

The trail disappears as the line is approaching Wuxi, but again appears intent on bypassing the city completely. The trail picks up again near Nanjing, where it heads into the city. But again there is also an avoiding line to the south.

the duplicate line travels beside the old mainline all the way to Wuxi, where again the trail ends.

Does anyone have any further info? The duplicate line appears to be well aligned for high speed as well.
Which HSL were you looking at on Google Earth? There are two paralleled HSL plus one conventional.

There are 21 stations in service. An individual train stops at a selected of them.


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Old July 1st, 2010, 11:22 PM   #2897
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It turns out bar two pairs of journeys the 'High-speed' trains between Shanghai and Nanjing are only a few minutes faster than the 'EMU' trains they replaced, but the ticket price has jumped from ¥93 to a wopping ¥146.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 08:31 AM   #2898
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Bullet train debut puts new rail era on track

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By Zha Minjie
2010-7-2

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Two bullet trains are ready to depart the Nanjing Railway Station
for yesterday's inaugural runs on the Shanghai-Nanjing high speed rail
line. The new trains, with speeds up to 350 kilometers an hour, more
than halve the travel time between Shanghai and Nanjing. They
can cover the 300 kilometers in just 73 minutes.


Sitting on the new bullet train along the Shanghai-Nanjing rail line, about 550 passengers watched the landscape and small towns moving fast behind them as the train sped up to 345 kilometers per hour - with only a little shaking. G5000, the first high-speed train along the new line, arrived yesterday at Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province, 73 minutes after it left Shanghai's Honqqiao Railway Station at 8am. "It's quite amazing," said Oliver Shand, a French tourist who boarded the train for the 300-kilometer-long ride. And a cup of water in front of him did not spill a drop during the journey.

The 73-minute time is for the direct trip between the two cities. The trip will take longer for those trains that make several stops on the way. It took about 10 minutes for the train to reach 300 kmp from zero as Shand watched the numbers rise on the speed display in the carriage. What Shand probably didn't notice was that, near the newly laid rails, lay a rusty track from a line that had been there for a hundred years. That's the old Shanghai-Nanjing rail line, built in 1908, one of the country's busiest railways, running through the booming Yangtze River Delta region. It is still in service after track replacements. For now and in the future the new fast line will play an important part in carrying passengers. The old line will be mainly used for cargo.

Wang Yongping, spokesman for the Ministry of Railway, said the new bullet trains are safer and more comfortable than the old trains but he "can not guarantee" that there will be no breakdowns soon after the line is put into use. "It is expected to take about a year in our country to get the high-speed railway to pass the shakedown period," he said. The shakedown period is three to five years for other countries, said Wang.

The first day did have a few glitches. Tang Xiaodong, from Jiangsu Province's Wuxi City who had a plane to catch in Shanghai, was prevented by rail staff from boarding the train that was leaving a few minutes ahead of his scheduled train. He finally persuaded them to let him onboard as the ticket clearly stated it was valid for 24 hours for any bullet train. Passengers who tried their cell phones found the mobile signal on the train was unstable once the train sped up.

At the city's terminal for the new line, the brand new Hongqiao Railway Station, the day was busy - tens of thousands of passengers went to take the journey. Local passengers found it was an easy trip from downtown, as Metro Line 2 directly connects to the railway station. It only took the passengers two minutes to get off the subway and take an escalator to the security check area leading to the rail waiting lounge.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 03:44 PM   #2899
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can cover the 300 kilometers in just 73 minutes.


G5000, the first high-speed train along the new line, arrived yesterday at Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province, 73 minutes after it left Shanghai's Honqqiao Railway Station at 8am. "It's quite amazing," said Oliver Shand, a French tourist who boarded the train for the 300-kilometer-long ride. And a cup of water in front of him did not spill a drop during the journey.

The 73-minute time is for the direct trip between the two cities. The trip will take longer for those trains that make several stops on the way.
So how long does it take, with how many stops?
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 06:06 PM   #2900
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Most journeys still take around 2 hours, stopping at 4 to 6 major stations like Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Zhenjiang. There are only two journeys per day taking 73 minutes.
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