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Old October 28th, 2014, 09:24 PM   #5681
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What we'll see is similar to AVIC's integration, single overhead group but fairly independent subsidiaries who compete against each other. For example for export everything will be under a newly uniformed brand, while internally say Sifang will compete with Changchun for contracts.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 07:30 AM   #5682
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Virtually wandering through google maps along chinese railroads I found some unusual features. Here goes one of them: over 300 km coal railroad from Yinchaun in Nigxia to Ordos in inner Mongolia ends with loading ramp (near villages called Chagansu and Maojiahao). Just 5 km to the north another railroad begins with loop and loading ramp and goes further over 300 km to Datong.

Why it was built this way? Shape od the loading ramp suggest a sorting facility but why to disload coal from train to trucks, then haul it about 10 km by road (4 km to east by link to the main road, 6 km north along main road and another 2 km west link to sorting facility)? I can imagine that this way one can precisely measure weight of delivered coal and standarse its quality but for rather high cost.

Does anybody know the story behind this feature?
you need to give exact coordinate for it, I can't find what you described.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:26 AM   #5683
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What we'll see is similar to AVIC's integration, single overhead group but fairly independent subsidiaries who compete against each other. For example for export everything will be under a newly uniformed brand, while internally say Sifang will compete with Changchun for contracts.
So, this is a merger for most export? I can go with that. That would be fine.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 09:23 AM   #5684
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Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway got approved

Lhasa-Nyingchi

total length:440 km
designed speed:160 km/h
construction: 7 years

It'll be the first electrified railway in Tibet.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:29 PM   #5685
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Seven years from now?
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 12:08 AM   #5686
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China approves new railway for Tibet


LHASA, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- China has approved construction of a railway linking Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region to Nyingchi in its east, local authorities said Friday.

According to the plan approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Lhasa to Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet railway runs 402 km from Nyingchi to Xierong, a stop on the Lhasa-Xigaze line.

The 32-km section from Xierong to Lhasa will be electrified.

The new Tibet line was one of three rail lines approved by the country's top economic planning body. The other two are from Ordos in the northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to Ji'an in the eastern Jiangxi Province, and from Datong in the northern Shanxi Province to Zhangjiakou in neighboring Hebei Province. The total investment of the three is 250 billion yuan (40 billion U.S. dollars).

The Tibet project will cost 36.6 billion yuan and take seven years to complete. Sate-owned China Railway Corporation will build and operate the line.

The designed speed for passenger trains will be 160 km per hour. The line will have a cargo capacity of 10 million tonnes per year.

"The Lhasa to Nyingchi railway section is conducive to improving the regional road network and transportation capacity to better integrate Tibet with other parts of China," said Yang Yulin, a Tibet railway official.

After completion, the Sichuan-Tibet railway will form a ring with the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which will bring more economic benefit, according to Wang Daiyuan with the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences.

Transport has long been a bottleneck for tourism in Tibet. More tourists will be able to visit Tibet via the Sichuan-Tibet railway, said Wang.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway began operations in 2006, introducing railway transportation into Tibet for the first time in history. The railway links Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, with Lhasa.

In August, a 251 km railway line linked Lhasa and Xigaze, the second city in the region.

Tourist arrivals in Tibet reached 12.9 million last year from 1.8 million in 2005. The region's gross domestic product reached 80 billion yuan in 2013, compared with 34 billion yuan in 2006.

Lines connecting Xigaze with Yadong, Jilung and Nyalam border ports are being planned.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:07 AM   #5687
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China approves new railway for Tibet
According to the plan approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Lhasa to Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet railway runs 402 km from Nyingchi to Xierong, a stop on the Lhasa-Xigaze line.

The 32-km section from Xierong to Lhasa will be electrified.
In other words, a 32 km Lhasa-Xierong section of Lhasa-Xigaze railway shall be electrified.

How many stations now operate on that 32 km section? How many stations shall be opened after electrification?
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:13 AM   #5688
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In other words, a 32 km Lhasa-Xierong section of Lhasa-Xigaze railway shall be electrified.

How many stations now operate on that 32 km section? How many stations shall be opened after electrification?
No stations between Xierong and Lhasa.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 03:41 PM   #5689
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you need to give exact coordinate for it, I can't find what you described.
Here you are (coordinates in format N; E):
- railroads crossing 39,62; 110
- disloading ramp 39,57; 110,11
- loading loop 39,61; 110,14

Here is another strange line:
- it begins in Ordos 39,57; 109,84
(with construction of connector to one described above)
- there is another connector in construction going to the West 39,49; 109,81
- it splits in Tahe Honghao 39,26; 109,84 (further we will follow western leg)
- there is an operating major station 39,05; 109,49
- further 100 km of line is under construction until 38,30; 108,69 where it ends in the middle of nowhere with no visible continuation.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 05:18 PM   #5690
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Construction begins on Xinjiang – Qinghai Railway
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CHINA has reportedly begun construction of a 1214km line linking the western Xinjiang Uygar Autonomous Region with the neighbouring province of Qinghai.

China's state news agency Xinhua reports that the Yuan 37bn ($US 6bn) line from Korla in southern Xinjiang to Golmud in Qinghai will take around five years to complete.

Commercial services began on November 16 on the first section of high-speed line in Xinjiang, which links the regional capital Urumqi with Hami. The remainder of the 1776km line to Lanzhou is due to open by the end of the year.

Construction also began in June on a conventional railway linking Hami with Ejina in Inner Mongolia.
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Old November 19th, 2014, 05:41 PM   #5691
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New rail lines to halve journey time from Guangzhou to Shanghai
Guangzhou to Shanghai will be reduced from 16 hours to eight hours, while the journey from Guangzhou to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, would take about seven hours
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 November, 2014, 5:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 November, 2014, 8:13pm
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A new high-speed railway line is set to connect Guangzhou and Shanghai in just eight hours by the end of this year, according to Guangzhou Railway Group.

The official website of regional railway bureau announced on Tuesday that new rail routes connecting the Pearl River Delta to 15 other provinces would be launched on December 10th.

It means the trip from Guangzhou to Shanghai will be reduced from 16 hours to eight hours, while the journey from Guangzhou to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, would take about seven hours, according to a report by Southern Metropolis Daily on Wednesday. The report did not disclose the speed of the trains.

However, the trains are not expected to be the fastest on the mainland. The line that opened in 2012 links Guangzhou and Beijing – almost twice as far as Shanghai – in just eight hours at 300 km/h.

New sections of track will also join Guangzhou and Shangrao in Jiangxi province.

Other new routes will cut travel time from Guangzhou to Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, from 20 hours to just five hours. The journey to scenic Guilin in Guangxi province to Guangzhou will take about four hours.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 07:43 AM   #5692
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China launches freight train service to Spain

Updated: 2014-11-19 14:02
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The first train connecting Yiwu, a city in costal Zhejiang province and famous for its small commodities, and Madrid in Spain was launched from Yiwu, at 11:18 on Nov 18, 2014. The launch marks the official start of regular freight train service from Yiwu to Madrid. With commencement of the journey, Yiwu is making its way to becoming an international logistics hub.

The train will travel over 13,052 kilometers along the "Silk Road" enter Kazakhstan through Alashankou in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, cross Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France before reaching its final destination in Spain.

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_18941896.htm
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Old November 21st, 2014, 04:07 AM   #5693
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12 billion $ deal with Nigeria to build a railway between Lagos and Calabar.

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Old December 1st, 2014, 06:23 AM   #5694
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[InKunming--Sister Cities] Vietnam and China are discussing ways to boost railway transportation of passengers and cargo at an ongoing border railway conference which is taking place in Vietnam 's central Da Nang city from Nov. 24-27.

In addition to technical issues, Vietnamese and Chinese railways representatives are seeking measures to maintain the volume of passenger, cargo transport based on the current railway facilities of two countries, Nguyen Huu Thang, head of the Vietnam Railway Authority, told Bao Giao Thong (Transport News), an online newspaper under the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport on Wednesday.

The two sides will also discuss transportation of passengers between China's Kunming and Vietnam's Hanoi, reported Bao Giao Thong.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #5695
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China completes new rail link to Vietnam
Friday, December 05, 2014



CHINA marked the completion of a key international rail project in its southern Yunnan province on December 1 with the opening of a 142km line from Mengzi to Hekou on the border with Vietnam

Construction began in December 2008 and the nine-station line is designed for 120km/h operation.

The principal engineering feature is the 7.35km Taiyangzhai Tunnel, one of 32 tunnels on the line, six of which are more than 5km long. The line also has 36 bridges.

The line is part of a new 468km railway linking Kunming with Hekou, which is 6km from the Vietnamese border. The adjoining section between Yuxi and Mengzi was inaugurated in April

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Old December 5th, 2014, 07:18 PM   #5696
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What is the track gauge of the line to Hekou?
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Old December 6th, 2014, 12:35 PM   #5697
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can anyone tell me why there is so many ugly looking support bars for the station roof in the above shown picture? is it really required?
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Old December 10th, 2014, 11:31 AM   #5698
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World's longest train journey reaches its final destination in Madrid

MADRID, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Madrid was the final destination on Tuesday for a train which has set the record for the longest train journey in history; 13,052 kilometers between the Chinese city of Yiwu and the Spanish capital.

The train which arrived in Madrid at 11a.m. local time (1000GMT), departed from Yiwu on November 18th with 40 wagons, carrying 1,400 tons of cargo, consisting of stationary, craft products and products for the Christmas market and it will return to China filled with luxury Spanish produce such as cured ham, olive oil and wine.

The results of this first historic journey which will then be evaluated with the aim of opening a regular two-way rail link between China and Spain, which could commence operations in early 2015.

Two major advantages of rail travel are that the goods were transported much faster than would otherwise be possible by boat, arriving in Spain in half of the time a cargo vessel would need to cross from China to Spain, while the train produces 62 percent less carbon dioxide contamination less than a lorry making the same journey by road.

The marathon journey crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, before arriving in Spain with 30 of the wagons it had originally set out with.

The 13,052 kilometers between Madrid and Yiwu is a greater distance than that between the north and south pole, although the distance was not covered using the same crew, nor the same engine.

The engine was changed approximately every 800 kilometers, while the crew changes with each country the train traversed. Meanwhile special stops were necessary at the frontier cities of Dostyk (Kazakhstan), Brest (Belarus) and Irun (Spain) in order to deal with the different railway gauges encountered along the route.

A host of dignitaries, such as Spain's Public Works Minister Ana Pastor, the Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, as well as the Director of Business at the Chinese Embassy in Madrid Mr. Huang Yazhong, and the Director of Commerce for the Government of Zhejiang Province Mr. Zhang Shuming.

Mr. Huang said the journey showed the great importance China gave to strengthening relations with Europe, while thanking all of the authorities which had helped to make such a historic trajectory possible, while Mrs Botella commented that the 13,053 of railway which had made the historic feat possible was like a "new silk road for the 21st century, except that now the commerce will travel in both directions.

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Sounds like an awesome train ride!
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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #5699
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Sichuan-Tibet railway

Construction has begun on Chengdu-Ya'an section of Sichuan-Tibet railway since December 6th.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #5700
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Construction has begun on Chengdu-Ya'an section of Sichuan-Tibet railway since December 6th.
Estimated date of completion?
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