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Old August 25th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #3121
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China's Most Difficult Mountain Railway Linked Up

Xinhua News Agency
August 18, 2010

China's most difficult mountain railway was linked up in Enshi Prefecture, central China's Hubei Province, and is expected to open within the year, according to officials at the railway's construction headquarters Wednesday. The Yichang-Yiwan Railway, totalling 377 km in length, runs from the Yiwan District in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality to Yichang City of Hubei Province. It was designed to greatly shorten the journey between the mountainous regions in the southwest and the eastern parts of China, according to Zhang Mei, head of the engineering administration center of the Ministry of Railway. The railway trip from Chongqing to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, for example, will take only five hours once the link is open to rail traffic, instead of the previous 22 hours, said Zhang.

The railway was first laid out in 1903 by Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Kuomintang party, over 100 years ago. The reason the construction had not begun till 2003 is that the railway must travel one of the most mountainous regions in China's southwest, whose difficult terrain made the construction work the most difficult in China's railway history, said Zhang. "Beneath the luxuriant mountains we encountered myriad natural barriers, such as underground rivers, limestone caves, and coal seams," said Zhang. To link the line, workers had to build 253 bridges and dig 159 tunnels, which account for 74 percent of the total railway length, winning the railway the title of the "tunnel and bridge museum."

Starting in late 2003, it took seven years for the construction to be completed, said Zhao Hui, project manager of China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group, which undertook the construction. "I joined the project at the age of 25, and now I'm 32. I've dedicated my youth to this railway," said Zhao.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #3122
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The Yichang-Yiwan Railway, totalling 377 km in length, runs from the Yiwan District in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality to Yichang City of Hubei Province.
It is Wanzhou District (万州区) in Chongqing, there is no such Yiwan District. I couldn't believe this is a report from Xinhua. What an elementary mistake.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:40 AM   #3123
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Acording to this article,http://www.i0713.com/viewnews-72246.htm CRH2-101A tested at Jingjiu line (Beijing-Kowloon) Weibin-Macheng Route (660km) on July 27, 2010, it tooks 2h 40m at a average speed of 247.5km/h, the Jingjiu line is a upgrade exsiting line designed speed 200 km/h and CRH trains are expecting to enter service at this line by next year.

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Old August 28th, 2010, 06:22 AM   #3124
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It is Wanzhou District (万州区) in Chongqing, there is no such Yiwan District. I couldn't believe this is a report from Xinhua. What an elementary mistake.
Thanks for the clarification. Below, from an Asia Development Bank report, is probably how the confusion started:

Yichang-Wanzhou Railway (hereinafter referred to as Yi-Wan Railway) is a project to be executed by using loan from Asian Development Bank. It starts from the west end of Yichang East Station and ends at Wanzhou Station...
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Old August 28th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #3125
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Thanks for the clarification. Below, from an Asia Development Bank report, is probably how the confusion started:

Yichang-Wanzhou Railway (hereinafter referred to as Yi-Wan Railway) is a project to be executed by using loan from Asian Development Bank. It starts from the west end of Yichang East Station and ends at Wanzhou Station...
Yeah, this line is commonly called Yi-Wan Railway. I guess the editor of the Xinhua report just got sloppy.

BTW, here is a program about the construction of Yiwan Railway by CCTV earlier this year. Sorry no English version is available. For anyone who understands Chinese, it is amazing to see how the workers conquered one obstacle after another.

part1
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/VBHb2u1yMRA/

part2
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/dppze7rMxUk/

part3
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/KZacmI2oLJc/
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Old August 29th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #3126
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High-speed railways in S. China to exceed 5,000km

FUZHOU: China will complete building 5,000 kilometers of high-speed railways in the mainland's southern region by 2012 to accelerate its economic integration with the business vibrant Hong Kong and Macao, a senior industry official said Saturday.

The rail tracks, to be laid in the sprawling pan-Pearl Delta region which includes eight provinces and an ethnic autonomous region of the mainland, will account for nearly 40 percent of the country' total in the coming three years.

Another 5,000 kilometers will be completed in the region from 2012 to 2015, said Lu Dongfu, vice minister of the Ministry of Railways, at the 6th Pan Pearl Delta Regional Cooperation and Development Forum held in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province.

Liu said the railway system played a key role in the region's economic boom, transporting 386 million passengers and 521 million tons of goods in 2009, up 28.7 percent and 7.4 percent respectively from the figures in 2004.

He said after the additional high-speed railways are put into service the railway transport will be faster, safer and more comfortable.

China is investing heavily in the railway system to meet the demands of an increasing number of rush travelors. Authorities vow to cut the travel time between provincial capitals of neighboring provinces to less than two hours.

The pan-Pearl River Delta covers southern coastal provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, inland provinces of Jiangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan, as well as Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

The forum, running from August 27 to 31, was attended by key government officials and a number of business people.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_11219379.htm
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Old August 29th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #3127
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The dome on Tianjin West Station (part of Beijing-Shanghai HSR) is complete!

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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:47 AM   #3128
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http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90...2/7112147.html

Chinese Bridge features world's longest concrete beams

16:00, August 20, 2010

The world's longest monomer pre-stressed continuous concrete beams were installed at the Hutuo River Grand Bridge on Aug. 29.

The Hutuo River Grand Bridge has a single main span of 128 meters with 12,000 tons of swivel weight. It crosses over the Beijing-ShiJiazhuang railway section of the Beijing-Guangzhou railway, a major north-south railway artery in China.

The continuous beam broke a world record for the construction span of pre-stressed continuous twist beams and in construction technologies of a large segment of continuous twist beams among high-speed railways.

By Zhang Qian , People's Daily Online
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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #3129
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Old August 31st, 2010, 02:25 AM   #3130
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What about Shanghai Hangzhou maglev line approved in March 2010?
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Old August 31st, 2010, 04:12 AM   #3131
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What about Shanghai Hangzhou maglev line approved in March 2010?
the 199.4 km Shanghai-hangzhou Maglev line designed speed 430km/h, is reported to start contruction afer the Shanghai EXPO.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 07:01 AM   #3132
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the 199.4 km Shanghai-hangzhou Maglev line designed speed 430km/h, is reported to start contruction afer the Shanghai EXPO.
I heard from an unpublished source that the Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev is dead.

Do you have a recent source that says construction will go ahead?
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Old August 31st, 2010, 08:23 AM   #3133
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Changjiu Intercity Highspeed line (250km/h) & Wujiu Upgrade line (200km/h) completed, Wuhan-Nanchang CRH to be opened soon!

Changjiu Intercity line, From Nanchang-Jiujiang, 131.27 km, Designed Speed 250km/h, Together with Wujiu line, which is a upgrade pre-exsisting line, 215.93 km, Designed Speed 200km/h. completed by August 28, 2010, will open to public service by Sepetember with CRH1 & CRH2

test run on Jiujiang Lushan Station, connnect station of Wujiu line and Changjiu ICH


test run on Changjiu ICH, August 19, 2010


Planned operating speed

Code:
line                          Section            length      time  Average speed
Changjiu ICH               Nanchang-Jiujiang     131.27km    40m     197.55 km/h
Wujiu line                 Wuchang-Jiujiang      215.93km  1h20m     161.95 km/h
Wujiu line & Changjiu ICH  Wuchang-Nanchang       347.2km     2h      173.6 km/h
the Wuhan-Jiujiang PDL, 198km, designed speed 350km/h is set to open by June 30, 2013, by then, the planned operating speed between Wuchang-Nanchang will be

Code:
line                          Section            length      time  Average speed
Changjiu ICH               Nanchang-Jiujiang     131.27km    40m     197.55 km/h
Wujiu PDL                  Wuchang-Jiujiang         198km    50m     237.60 km/h
Wujiu PDL & Changjiu ICH   Wuchang-Nanchang      329.27km  1h30m     219.51 km/h

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Old August 31st, 2010, 06:04 PM   #3134
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Changjiu Intercity Highspeed line (250km/h) & Wujiu Upgrade line (200km/h) completed, Wuhan-Nanchang CRH to be opened soon!

Changjiu Intercity line, From Nanchang-Jiujiang, 131.27 km, Designed Speed 250km/h, Together with Wujiu line, which is a upgrade pre-exsisting line, 215.93 km, Designed Speed 200km/h. completed by August 28, 2010, will open to public service by Sepetember with CRH1 & CRH2

Planned operating speed

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line                          Section            length      time  Average speed
Changjiu ICH               Nanchang-Jiujiang     131.27km    40m     197.55 km/h
Wujiu line                 Wuchang-Jiujiang      215.93km  1h20m     161.95 km/h
Wujiu line & Changjiu ICH  Wuchang-Nanchang       347.2km     2h      173.6 km/h
So, Wuhan-Nanchang is 347 km, compare Wuhan-Changsha 362 km.

How many high speed trains shall travel daily Wuhan-Nanchang from September, compared to trains Wuhan-Changsha?
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Old September 1st, 2010, 08:36 AM   #3135
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So, Wuhan-Nanchang is 347 km, compare Wuhan-Changsha 362 km.

How many high speed trains shall travel daily Wuhan-Nanchang from September, compared to trains Wuhan-Changsha?
Wuhan-Changsha 48 trains per day (actually all of them are service as Wuhan-Changsha-Guangzhou)
Wuhan-Nanchang 6 trains/day , Jiujiang- Nanchang 24 trains/day

currently in service trains

Code:
Chinese HSR
IHR- Intercity High-Speed Rail
PDL- Passenger Designated Line
PFL- Mixed passenger & freight HSR line 

Line                   Section                   Length     Trains / day
Wuguang PDL          Wuhan-Changsha-Guagnzhou         968 km       47
Huning HSR           Shanghai-Nanjing                 296 km       77
Jingjin IHR          Beijing-Tianjin                  120 km       62
Zhengxi PDL          Zhengzhou-Xi'an                  455 km        9     
Wenfu PFL            Wenzhou-Fuzhou                 298.4 km       16
Yongtaiwen PFL       Ningbo-Wenzhou                   268 km       22
Shitai PDL           Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan             225 km       13
Fuxia PFL            Fuzhou-Xiamen                  274.9 km       25
Qinshen PDL          Qinhuangdao-Shenyang             405 km       10
Hening PFL           Hefei-Nanjing                    156 km       12
Hewu PFL             Hankou-Hefei                     351 km       10
Jiaoji PDL           Qingdao-Jinan                  362.5 km       21
Dacheng PFL          Suining-Chengdu                  148 km       10
(Suining-Chengdu Route  service as Chongqing-Chengdu)
Chengguan IHR        Chengdu-Qingchengshan             67 km       20

Code:
High Speed rail opened on Chinese upgrade conventional railways (Main Route)

Line                   Route                                    Length    Trains/day
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiahzuang                        277 km    15
Jingguang line       Wuhan-Changsha                              362 km     1
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou              689 km     3
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou-Wuhan       1205 km     3
Jingha line          Shenyang-Changchun-Harbin                   546 km     1
Jingha line          Beijing-Shenyang                            703 km     8
Jingha line          Beijing-Shenyang-Changchun                 1003 km     2
Jingha line          Tianjin-Shenyang-Changchun-Harbin          1235 km     1
Jingha line          Beijing-Shenyang-Changchun-Harbin          1249 km     2
Jinghu line          Beijing-Jinan                               495 km    11
Jinghu line          Beijing-Nanjing                            1151 km     1   
Jinghu line          Shanghai-Jinan                             1361 km     1    
Jinghu line          Beijing-(Nanjing)-Shanghai                 1463 km     8
Longhai line         Shanghai-Zhengzhou                          998 km     3
(Pixian-Zhengzhou Route, Shanghai-Pixian Runs at Jinghu line)
Longhai line         Baoji-Xi'an                                 173 km     2
(Baoji-Xi'an Route)
Guangshan line       Guangzhou-Shenzhen                          139 km    91

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Old September 1st, 2010, 09:45 PM   #3136
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I took the Shanghai Transrapid maglev train last Monday going to the airport:





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Code:
Chinese HSR
IHR- Intercity High-Speed Rail
PDL- Passenger Designated Line
PFL- Mixed passenger & freight HSR line 

Line                   Section                   Length     Trains / day
Wuguang PDL          Wuhan-Changsha-Guagnzhou         968 km       47
Wow, that is interesting, see comments below on what caught my attention:
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Code:
High Speed rail opened on Chinese upgrade conventional railways (Main Route)

Line                   Route                                    Length    Trains/day
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiahzuang                        277 km    15
Jingguang line       Wuhan-Changsha                              362 km     1
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou              689 km     3
Jingguang line       Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou-Wuhan       1205 km     3
I did not know there is high speed rail between Beijing and Wuhan on old railway.
How long does it take?
Do any high speed trains travel Beijing to Wuhan on old railway and then continue to Guangzhou on new railway?
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Jinghu line          Beijing-Jinan                               495 km    11
Jinghu line          Beijing-Nanjing                            1151 km     1   
Jinghu line          Shanghai-Jinan                             1361 km     1    
Jinghu line          Beijing-(Nanjing)-Shanghai                 1463 km     8
Do any high speed trains travel from Beijing through Shanghai beyond, such as to Hangzhou or Fuzhou?
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:19 AM   #3138
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Shanghai-Hangzhou HSR Undergoing Testing Today

The testing is conducted in Jia Shan and Jia Xing in Zhejiang Province. The 160km long Shanghai-Hangzhou HSR will open in October at a designed max speed of 350 km/h, cutting the traveling time to 38 minutes.





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Shijiazhuang South Station is a important junction center station in chinese high-speed rail system, will open by 2011, is links four high speed railways, Beijing-Shijiazhuang PDL, Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan PDL, Shijiazhuang-Jinan PDL & Shijiazhuang-Wuhan PDL, three conventional railway, Beijing-Guangzhou line, Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan line, Shijiazhuang-Dezhou line, and two Shjiazhuang subway lines, it has 13 railway platforms with 24 departure tracks, 2 subway platforms with 4 subway departure tracks.

the Jingshi PDL, when coming across the city, will be undergroud railways, the undergroud HSR tunnel is about











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Wow, that is interesting, see comments below on what caught my attention:

I did not know there is high speed rail between Beijing and Wuhan on old railway.
How long does it take?
Do any high speed trains travel Beijing to Wuhan on old railway and then continue to Guangzhou on new railway?

Do any high speed trains travel from Beijing through Shanghai beyond, such as to Hangzhou or Fuzhou?
The fastest Beijing-Wuhan HSR Train uses 8h43m from Beijing West to Wuhan,
there's no CRH HSR Trains from Beijing to Guangzhou
Beijing West - Hangzhou CRH service 1 train per day, travel 1624 km in 11h29m,
no CRH HSR train service between Beijing & Fuzhou
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