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Old December 2nd, 2013, 09:12 AM   #5481
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Estimted travel times? Is the Fuzhou/Xiamen HSR open? If not then when? Basically once this line is up and running then it will connect HK HSR to those cities via Shen Zhen?
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 10:08 AM   #5482
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Is the Fuzhou/Xiamen HSR open?
Yes, since 2010.
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Basically once this line is up and running then it will connect HK HSR to those cities via Shen Zhen?
Trains from Xiamen through Shenzhen North Station towards Guangzhou South and Beijing can go straight ahead. Trains from Xiamen to Futian or Hong Kong need to reverse direction at Shenzhen North Station.
How is the progress of Futian Station and Shenzhen North-Futian High Speed Railway?
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 11:07 AM   #5483
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12.1 Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway starts trial run today



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The yellow jackets are an interesting regional variation on the red jacket and skirt used most other places, or are they only a special "test" crew?
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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #5484
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Mobile Phone Ticket Sales

"Tielu 12306" app free download for Android and iOS, according to 12306.com

In other news, employers are encouraged to make group purchases of 春节 Spring Festival tickets for their migrant workers 12306.com

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Old December 8th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #5485
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The yellow jackets are an interesting regional variation on the red jacket and skirt used most other places, or are they only a special "test" crew?
What's with the young women? In India we have mostly men serving food.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 08:03 AM   #5486
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What's with the young women? In India we have mostly men serving food.
There guys serving food too (though their primary function is still ensure safety and order), but people don't usually take pictures of them.

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Old December 9th, 2013, 08:30 AM   #5487
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What's with the young women? In India we have mostly men serving food.
And that's why I prefer to go to China rather than India
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Old December 16th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #5488
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Railways brace for festival crowd
Shanghai Daily
December 13, 2013

ABOUT 9.3 million passengers — a million more than last year — are expected to take the train out of Shanghai from the three railway stations for the Spring Festival next month.

The peak travel time for the festival, which falls on January 31 next year, will be between January 16 to February 24.

The Hongqiao Railway Station will ferry over 4.5 million passengers while 3 million more will depart from the Shanghai Railway Station.

For this year’s Spring Festival in February, the two stations along with the Shanghai South Railway Station carried a total of 8.39 million commuters.

That figure is expected to increase this year.

In the week before the Lunar New Year’s Eve, the three stations will handle over 300,000 travelers every day. Railway stations in big metropolis like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou usually see a massive surge in passenger traffic ahead of the festival as migrant workers head home for family reunion. Provinces like the southwest Sichuan Province, which has a high rate of exporting labor, usually deals with transportation pressures at the end of the festival period.

With most Shanghai schools set to finish their semester between January 10 to 20, students will start leaving the city from January 17. More ticket vending machines will be installed at the university towns early next month that will offer another alternative for the non-local students to buy tickets.

Group ticket sales for the 2014 Spring Festival is already under way. However, the tickets are only for the extra trains that will be put into service to deal with the holiday rush.

Passengers can’t choose either the train type or seats for the group tickets. The ticket sales which opened on December 8 will last until December 16.

“I prefer the high-speed bullet trains, but we don’t have a choice,” said a ticket buyer surnamed Chen, who planned to go back to her hometown in Sichuan Province. With no chance of tickets for a bullet train, she is likely to spend 40 hours more on the train.

“It’s better to have a slow train than nothing at all,” she said.

The railway authorities are only accepting group ticket applications forms for now, and commuters like Chen will know their train type and seat number through a short message on December 21.

Tickets for regular trains will be available 20 days in advance and can be booked online or through telephone, or 18 days before at ticket counters and vending machines.

The Shanghai Railway Station will open 16 more windows to deal with ticket refunds and rerouting. But passengers are being told to plan their schedule carefully to avoid the high cancellations rates.

Authorities said 20 percent of the fare will be charged if passengers return or reroute their tickets with departure dates between January 16 and February 24. Chinese passengers tend to book more tickets than necessary as back-ups during the peak travel seasons, denying tickets to many others.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 03:47 PM   #5489
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New railway running map will release on Dec 28. 75 pairs of new trains will add to the map, including long distance HSRs such as Harbin West, Changchun, Shenyang North to Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao North, Jinan West, Beijing West to Guilin, Qingdao, Jinan to Guangzhou South etc.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 03:56 PM   #5490
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New railway running map will release on Dec 28. 75 pairs of new trains will add to the map, including long distance HSRs such as Harbin West, Changchun, Shenyang North to Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao North, Jinan West, Beijing West to Guilin, Qingdao, Jinan to Guangzhou South etc.
What shall be the route Jinan-Guangzhou?
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Old December 16th, 2013, 07:52 PM   #5491
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New railway running map will release on Dec 28. 75 pairs of new trains will add to the map, ...
I've seen that number elsewhere. Is that for all of China, or just the Shanghai bureau? The Chinese press are just as parochial as anywhere and don't give news outside their own village, even on the web...
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Old December 16th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #5492
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Is there a passenger service from Urumqi over the border to Almaty or Astana? If there is then it will probably constitute the fastest route from Moscow to Beijing even accounting for the change of trains and a considerable waiting time once the new HS line is open.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #5493
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There is. However, for some reason there are no direct trains from Beijing to Alashankow (nor Yining nor Kashgar).
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Old December 16th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #5494
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Just for fun I added together the fastest possible connections (for Beijing-Urumqi the new HS line) on the route Beijing-Urumqi-Almaty-Astana-Moscow and it comes up to about 5 days. If we add extra 24 h for connections (most likely awful) it comes about the same or a bit less than the direct Moscow-Beijing train. On the other hand if there was a direct Moscow-Urumqi connection which would arrive within few hours of Beijing train leaving, used a modern train and changed a gauge faster than currently reported 8 hours...
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Old December 19th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #5495
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Makhalino - Hunchun cross-border railway upgraded
19 Dec 2013





ASIA: The first revenue train carried coal over the reopened cross-border line between Makhalino in Russia and Hunchun in China on December 17. The line opened in 1999 but services were suspended in 2004.

The infrastructure has now been upgraded by Russian Railways' Far Eastern Railway for use by transit freight from China to the port of Zarubino, from where it can be shipped to Japan, South Korea and other Asia-Pacific countries.

RZD estimates that traffic will grow from an initial 2 million tonnes/year to 8 million tonnes/year, with 4·5 million tonnes of exports and 3·5 million tonnes of exports. In the longer term traffic could reach 15 million tonnes.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #5496
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Chinese rail projects approved
24 Dec 2013

CHINA: The final 527 km of the Southern Xinjiang line between Aksu and Korla opened for traffic on December 5 with the departure of a freight train from Aksu. The 1449 km line has been built in stages with the fiorst phase opening in 1984. It is designed for 160 km/h operation.

Construction of the Yancheng – Lianyungang railway will start soon. Expected to cost 26bn yuan, it will include 234 km of double track and 76 km of single-track branch, with 12 stations and 90 bridges and viaducts totalling 149 km. Primarily intended for passenger services, the line will be designed for 200 km/h running. Opening is planned for the end of 2017, along with the Qingdao – Lianyungang and

Shanghai – Nantong lines which will together form a coastal route linking the Shandong peninsula with the Yangtse delta.

The National Development & Reform Commission has confirmed plans for the 224 km Huanghua – Dajiawa line to improve links around the Bo Hai coast for passenger and coal transport. The route starts at Huanghua Nan and runs through Cangzhou, Bingzhou and Dong-ying, crossing the Yellow River at Datianjia and heading east to Weifang and Dajiawa.

A Lianyungang – Zhenjiang line will run for 312 km along the coast of Jiangsu province. The planned 420 km Nanchang – Ganzhou line would have stations at Xiangtang, Fengcheng, Zhangshu, Xingan, Xiajiang, Ji’an, Taihe, Wan’an and Xingguo.

A 574 km line would run from Yinchuan to Xi’an, and include double tracking of sections of the 266 km line from Pingliang to Xi’an.

A 366 km line between Quzhou and Ningde costing 30·5bn yuan has been approved, as well as work to enhance capacity of the E’mei to Mi’yi section of the Chengdu – Kunming railway.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #5497
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China's railways mileage tops 100,000 km


BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's railways network topped 100,000 km in total mileage on Saturday, as several new high-speed rail links started operations ahead of one of the busiest travel seasons next month.

The newly opened links include the Xiamen-Shenzhen railway, Xi'an-Baoji railway, Chongqing-Lichuan railway, and others in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and have a combined mileage of 2,000 km.

Of the 100,000 km of track, more than 10,000 km are highspeed, said Hu Yadong, vice general manager of the China Railway Corporation.

The expanded railways network increases passenger capacity during the 40-day spring travel peak, which starts on Jan. 16, by 7.9 percent, said Yang Chuantang, minister of transport.

Yang forecast that 257 million trips will be made on the railways during the period, as people go home to their families for Spring Festival on Jan. 31.

A total of 2,667 pairs of trains will be operating before the Spring Festival, an increase of 157 from last year.

Total trips during the period will break a new record by reaching 3.62 billion, including waterways, roads, railways, and air routes.

China's first railway was built in 1876 in Shanghai and first independent railway was constructed in 1881 in Tangshan in north China's Hebei Province. When new China was founded in 1949, there were less than 22,000 km of lines and but only half of that was serviceable.

According to the national railway network plan, highspeed rails will reach 19,000 km by 2015. By 2020, the total railway mileage will top 120,000 km.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 09:40 AM   #5498
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it's indeed a milestone. In the total 100,000km rail, over 40,000km are 120+kmph, over 20,000km are 160+kmph, over 10,000km are high speed rails and there are 12,000km U/C high speed rails now.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #5499
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In the total 100,000km rail, over 40,000km are 120+kmph, over 20,000km are 160+kmph, over 10,000km are high speed rails and there are 12,000km U/C high speed rails now.
How much slow speed rails are under construction now?
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Old December 29th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #5500
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I wonder how China now compares in per capita rail network. Anyone has that kind of stats for various countries? I would include subway as well.
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