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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:47 PM   #5361
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Shanghai South Railway Station

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:49 PM   #5362
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:49 PM   #5363
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Wuhu Railway Station, Anhui Province

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:50 PM   #5364
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Nanping Railway Station, Fujian Province

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:55 PM   #5365
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Tianshui Railway Station, Gansu Province

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:56 PM   #5366
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Train Conductor can be found in car no. 16

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:57 PM   #5367
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Here are some photos from a trip between Shanghai and Beijing.





The full report of my ride in Soft Sleeper in Train T66 at Youtube:





I have partially chosen the classical Sleeper Train.
The combination High-Speed Train Shanghai - Nanjing and the Sleeper Train T66 looked very appealing, so I booked it.
An arrival time of 10:02am in Beijing is perfect for my sleep rhythm.

Outside Shanghai Railway Station:









At the platforms:





High Speed Train G7024 will go over the Huning Intercity High-Speed Railway and takes 1:39 for 301 km. Other High-Speed
trains are usually faster and go over the parallel Jinghu High-Speed Railway.









Business Class:







I could only afford 2nd class. Although the train was not full.





Arriving at Nanjing Railway Station:







I have just changed the platforms to reach my connecting train to Beijing. Although the station staff did not like.
Usually passengers who want to change trains need to go out, go through security and central ticket control.
Because I was already in the platform area, I didnt bother. A station security guard came, I showed my ticket, he looked
confused and let my stay.

Sleeper Train Z92 Shanghai - Xian departing:









My Sleeper Train T66 is hauled into the station:







Inside my Soft Sleeper Car:





Much better to travel in style in a real bed than in a tight seat on a G-Train between Nanjing and Beijing:





Goodies and Freebies:







Schedule of the Nanjing Railway Bureau:





My Board Card:





The train was not full at all. My 4-person compartment stayed empty. Well, lets hope this train survives any cuts. Competition from High-Speed Rail must be tough.

After some nice sleep - the next morning:





Passing through Tianjin:





Seeing the Beijing Tianjin Intercity Railway, which runs parallel to the old Jinghu Line most of the way between Tianjin and Beijing:





Reaching Beijing outer suburbs:





Rolling through Beijing South Railway Station without stopping:







Crossing the East 2nd Ring Road:





Rolling into Beijing Railway Station:







Arrived:







Spotting arriving Train T110, the last remaining classical express sleeper train between Shanghai and Beijing:









Some remnants Ming Dynasty Wall:







Beijing Railway Station:

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:14 PM   #5368
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Your posts are great, keep them coming. Are you touring China?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 10:05 PM   #5369
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Fantastic tour! It's nice to see some on the ground footage of all aspects of the railway, not just the grand and new - it makes everything seem more real and down-to-earth.

Are you continuing to tour or is this the end of your photos?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 11:18 PM   #5370
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Once again, great photo/video update. I cannot wait to visit China again. I flew my way around the country but next time I'd like to do more train travel. CRH1 from Guangzhou to Shenzhen Luohu was the only train I took.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 11:39 PM   #5371
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Love your sense of timing, to catch other classic trains going past.
And the Ming wall watching travellers pass thru the centuries,
must be millions trudge past with baggage on their shoulders
and never a thought for the history right beside them ..
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 12:31 AM   #5372
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Here are some photos from a trip between Shanghai and Beijing.

I have partially chosen the classical Sleeper Train.
The combination High-Speed Train Shanghai - Nanjing and the Sleeper Train T66 looked very appealing, so I booked it.
An arrival time of 10:02am in Beijing is perfect for my sleep rhythm.
Do the overnight D sleepers leave the night too short?
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 02:00 AM   #5373
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Nice tour and photos. Sleeper coach is more comfortable than HSR seats. They should replace the 1st class coaches with sleeper ones on long distance HSR trains, I.e Beijing - Guangzhou or anything longer than 8 hours.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 02:36 AM   #5374
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Overnight D trains seem to be a dongbei specialty. Elsewhere there are no HSR passenger trains generally between midnight and 6am. I assumed this was for line maintenance and/or express freight.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 04:51 AM   #5375
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AFAIK there are D sleeper trains on Beijing-Shanghai HSR line, i.e. Beijing-Hangzhou D Sleeper train. But don't think there are sleeper trains on Beijing-Guangzhou HSR line.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:07 AM   #5376
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AFAIK there are D sleeper trains on Beijing-Shanghai HSR line
Are you sure they don't run on the upgraded old line?
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:56 AM   #5377
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AFAIK there are D sleeper trains on Beijing-Shanghai HSR line
Are you sure they don't run on the upgraded old line?
I took the D-Sleeper Trains, as well.
There are composed of CRH2 rolling stock. However, they do not travel on the Jinghu High-Speed Railway line, they take the old classical Jinghu line. I assume the High-Speed line is closed at night for maintenance.


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AFAIK there are D sleeper trains on Beijing-Shanghai HSR line, i.e. Beijing-Hangzhou D Sleeper train.
Well, according to my information, there are D-Trains during the day, who are composed of these sleeper CRH2 trainsets. They run on the High-Speed Railway lines, however, there are not overnight trains
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 06:14 AM   #5378
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Are you sure they don't run on the upgraded old line?
no I'm not. I think doc7austin is right those D sleeper trains are running an upgraded line not HSR line.

IMO it's a waste not using the HSR tracks at night time. It'll be fascinating if they can install the Japanese invented pea pods sleepers











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Old August 23rd, 2013, 10:45 AM   #5379
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It looks really cool! Is it being developed? Could it be the new bullet train? The pod looks comfortable but also a bit creepy
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 10:58 AM   #5380
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"Fascinating", yes, but would it be preferrable?

In a sleeper, soft or hard, one of your neighbours may be a few cm away, but these few cm are a solid wall between compartments; the other is separated by several decimetres, and these decimetres are the void of the aisle across the compartment.

For an equal trip time, would you pay more for a business class seat (forward facing, 3 abreast) or a soft sleeper (facing across the train)?
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