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Old June 23rd, 2017, 02:53 AM   #6081
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Railway to Hell?

The title for the infamous WW2 Japanese Railway from the south through Burma has been resurrected for the Chinese version from the north.







English summary at http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/ite...ive_more_years contains links to Chinese sources.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 09:22 PM   #6082
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Interesting up-to-date statistics of China railway tunnels

Courtesy to Journal of Tunnel Construction

As of end of 2016:

In operation: 14100 tunnels/14120 km;
HSR/Intercity tunnels 4080 km (28.9%);
102 tunnels longer than 10 km, total length 1411 km;
9 tunnels longer than 20 km, total length 218,806 m.

In construction: 4240 tunnels/9300 km;
~ 1600 HSR/Intercity tunnels total length 3450 km (40%);
760 (300-250 kph) HSR tunnels, toal length 1500 km;
770 (250 kph) HSR tunnels, total length 1670 km;
175 tunnels longer than 10 km, total length 2389 km;
6 tunnels longer than 20 km, total length 150,513 m.

Planing and Design Phase: 4400 tunnels/10400 km;
1922 HSR/Intercity tunnels total length 4180 km (40.2%);
1000 (300-250 kph) HSR tunnels, toal length 2350 km;
600 (250 kph) HSR tunnels, total length 1000 km;
170 tunnels longer than 10 km, total length 2450 km;
11 tunnels longer than 20 km, total length 288 km.


17,000 railway tunnels with total length of 20,000 km will be put in operation in China at the end of 2020





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Old June 23rd, 2017, 09:24 PM   #6083
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So, what relation, if any, does this line have with the so-called Chengdu-Kunming HSR? The curves in those photos looked like standard 120/160km/hr track. Will we end up with a dual track freight line Chengdu-Panzhihua(-Kunming) plus a PDL?
You are right. The design speed is 160km/h. Chengdu-Kuming PDL is in the pipeline.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #6084
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The title for the infamous WW2 Japanese Railway from the south through Burma has been resurrected for the Chinese version from the north.


English summary at http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/ite...ive_more_years contains links to Chinese sources.

That is crazy.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 12:08 AM   #6085
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China's 1st desert railway survives sand erosion

China's first desert railway has been operating amid sandstorms and shifting sand dunes for nearly 60 years. Check out what helps it survive sand erosion in the country's 4th largest desert.

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Old July 5th, 2017, 03:37 PM   #6086
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China to build world's most challenging railway

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China to build world's most challenging railway

CHENGDU, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Breathtaking scenery and breathtaking dangers -- both will face Chinese engineers as they embark on building the world's most difficult railway.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The line will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world's most geologically active areas.

"The construction and operation of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway must overcome the biggest risks in the world," said You Yong, chief engineer of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), who is leading a scientific and technological support team to avoid disasters in the mountains.

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd., which is designing the line, said it will run from Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, through Ya'an and Kangding, and enter Tibet via Qamdo. It will then go through Nyingchi and Shannan prefectures before arriving at Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The total construction length will be about 1,700 kilometers and it will cost 250 billion yuan (about 36.88 billion U.S. dollars)

Construction has begun on the two ends of the railway. The section between Chengdu and Ya'an is expected to open in June 2018. The feasibility study on the section between Ya'an and Kangding has been completed. The section between Lhasa and Nyingchi is under construction.

However, the section from Kangding to Nyingchi -- the most difficult and the longest section -- is still under design. Its construction is expected to begin in 2019 and could take about seven years, according to the China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be a major line in the western China rail network, connecting Tibet and more developed central and eastern regions. The design speed is from 160 kilometers per hour to 200 kilometers per hour. On completion, the travel time by train from Chengdu to Lhasa will be cut from 48 hours to about 13 hours.

You Yong, who has spent almost 30 years studying mountain hazards, said the line will traverse the eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which has sharp changes in terrain.

The active geological structure of the region causes strong earthquakes. The railway will go through earthquake zones such as the Longmen Mountain and Yarlung Zangbo River seismic belts, You said.

You said the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has four major environmental characteristics: significant terrain elevation differences, strong plate activities, frequent mountain disasters, and a sensitive ecological environment.

Mountain hazards were a major challenge. "The regions along the Sichuan-Tibet Railway have the most developed, most active, most diverse and most serious mountain hazards in China," You said.

"Constructing a railway in such a complicated geological environment will face a lot of scientific and technological difficulties. And the prevention and control of mountain hazards will be key to its success," said You.

The CAS began in 2014 to analyze the mountain hazard distribution patterns and risks, and experiment on disaster prevention along the route.

To date, scientists have identified the basic distribution and activities of mountain hazards, and set up a data bank for the hazards along the route.

Based on analysis of the risks, researchers offered their advice on the route selection and technologies to prevent and control the landslides and debris flows.
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Old July 7th, 2017, 07:30 AM   #6087
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Old July 7th, 2017, 02:02 PM   #6088
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New train breaks longest mileage record in China

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A train broke the record for the longest mileage in China after finishing its three-day maiden journey on Tuesday.

Starting from Kashgar of Xinjiang Province in northwest China, the train travelled across six provinces and a distance of 5,166 kilometres to Yingtan, Jiangxi Province in east China.

The whole journey took 72 hours 39 minutes, setting another record for longest duration. Meanwhile, it costs passengers from US$67 to US$181 to take the train.

The previous longest mileage record belonged to the train traveling from Guangzhou to Lhasa with a distance of 4,980 kilometres. In addition, the train from Urumchi to Qiqihar was the previous record holder of the longest train duration, which would cost 67 hours 32 minutes.
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Old July 12th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #6089
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1,837 km Railway linking 7 provinces expected to be in operation in 2020

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...36436506_2.htm


Engineers work in a tunnel of a coal railway in Sanmenxia, central China's Henan Province, July 11, 2017. The coal railway runs between north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Ji'an in east China's Jiangxi Province, linking 7 provinces and regions with a lengh of 1,837 kilometers. The railway is expected to be in operation in 2020.










Yellow river Sanmenxia Highway-Railway Bridge in Henan Province, 5663.754m, to be completed in 2018




















Ganjiang railway bridge in Jiangxi province



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Old July 13th, 2017, 03:38 PM   #6090
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Railway bridge under construction in N China's Tangshan

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136441562.htm


Photo taken on July 12, 2017 shows a railway bridge under construction which crosses over an expressway in Caofeidian District of Tangshan City, north China's Hebei Province. The railway, with the length of over 76 km, runs between Tangshan Station and Caofeidian Industrial Site Port Station and will be put into operation within this year.(Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)


Workers work on a railway bridge under construction which crosses over an expressway in Caofeidian District of Tangshan City, north China's Hebei Province, July 12, 2017.


Photo taken on July 12, 2017 shows a railway bridge under construction which crosses over an expressway in Caofeidian District of Tangshan City, north China's Hebei Province.


Workers work on a railway bridge under construction which crosses over an expressway in Caofeidian District of Tangshan City, north China's Hebei Province, July 12, 2017

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Old July 13th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #6091
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China to build world's most challenging railway

CHENGDU, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Breathtaking scenery and breathtaking dangers -- both will face Chinese engineers as they embark on building the world's most difficult railway.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The line will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world's most geologically active areas.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 09:56 AM   #6092
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Chinese Rail Way Map (last updated on July, 2017)

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/images/map/railway.jpg

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Old July 17th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #6093
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[QUOTE=lawdefender;141249513]Chinese Rail Way Map (last updated on July, 2017)
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so many mistakes in this map
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Old July 21st, 2017, 07:59 PM   #6094
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Electrified Railway Length in Operation Ranking in the World

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...t_network_size

Rank/ Country Date of information/ Electrified Railway Length in Operation(km)

1 China (2016) 80,000

2 South Africa (2014) 24,800

3 India (2016) 23,883

4 Germany (2010) 19,973

5 Poland (2008) 17,358

6 Japan 92009) 16,702

7 Italy (2007) 16,683

8 France 2008 15,140

9 Ukraine (2010) 9,752

10 Spain (2012) 9,623


United States (2014) 1,600

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Rank/ Country/Railway Length in Operation(km)/Date of information

1 United States 250,000[2] 2014

2 China 124,000 2016

3 Russia 86,000 2013

4 India 68,525 2016

5 Canada 46,552 2008

6 Germany 43,468 2010

7 Australia 38,445 2008

8 Brazil 37,743 (2014)

9 Argentina 36,966 2008

10 South Africa 31,000 2014
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Old July 27th, 2017, 02:08 AM   #6095
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China railway current status-20170725

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update: 20170725
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http://docdro.id/qWEe4vN

red: in construction
brown: testing phase
yellow: feasbility study
green: long-term plan
blue: in operation

thin line: <160kph
thick line: HSR
dot-line: electrification
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Old July 27th, 2017, 04:42 AM   #6096
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China railway investment up 1.9 pct in H1

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BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- China's railway investment increased in the first half year and national railway investment is expected to hit a new high in 2017, authorities said Wednesday.

In H1, fixed asset investment on railways hit 312.5 billion yuan (about 45 billion U.S. dollars), up 1.9 percent year on year, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).

"Investment is expected to hit a new high for the whole year, as construction in the second half year will rise as new projects get underway," said Wang Mengshu of the China Academy of Engineering.

Scheduled progress has been made in 27 major projects, including the Beijing-Shenyang passenger line and Hangzhou-Huangshan high-speed line, the CRC said.

More lines will be started in the second half, including a high-speed line between Anqing and Jiujiang and a line between Huanggang and Huangmei in eastern and southern provinces.

"Completing an investment of 800 billion yuan is out of question," said Wang, given that the third and fourth quarters usually see the approval of a larger number of projects.

Wang believes total investment this year will surpass last year's 801.5 billion yuan, as both the central and local governments are active in the field.
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There will be a Hangzhou-Huangshan rail connection? That's amazing. I missed out on Huangshan, because the only connection was via super slow buses.
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update: 20170725
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red: in construction
brown: testing phase
yellow: feasbility study
green: long-term plan
blue: in operation

thin line: <160kph
thick line: HSR
dot-line: electrification
What happened to the Shigatse-Ngari-Hotan line? Also the connections with India and Nepal?

Ngari is growing very fast (considering the nearly-"nothing" that was before), I understand that the line seems an impossible project but without it the Aksai Chin problem could start again.
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China lowers rail freight fees

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China lowers rail freight fees

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- More rail freight charges will be canceled or lowered from Aug. 1, as China moves to cut logistics costs, according to China Railway.

Eight charging items, including dust-cleaning fees, will be canceled, with a further three items be combined. The estimated savings will reach over 2 billion yuan (about 290 million U.S. dollars) each year, according to the plan.

The company will implement arrangements made by the State Council to standardize charging procedures and enhance the quality of service, making rail freight more convenient and efficient, an official with China Railway said.

The clearance and standardization of charges for railway transport is a significant move to advance supply-side structural reform and prompt sound and sustainable development in the sector, which will lower rail transport costs and sustain growth of the real economy, the official said.

Earlier in June, China Railway already lowered the costs of additional electricity and gas fees for rail freight.

The company requires all rail transport companies to strictly standardize charges and avoid unlawful or extra fees.
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China inaugurates its largest TBM for longest mountain tunnel in Yunnan

http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2017...1121415868.htm
http://yn.people.com.cn/n2/2017/0801...-30555896.html



For 34.538km Gaoligong mountain tunnel of Dali-Ruili railway, section of China-Myanmar railway. It is the 7th longest in the world and longest mountain tunnel in China (also in Asia?). TBM has a diameter of 9.03m, designed and manufactured by China Railway Tunnel Group.

Pics taken on Aug, 1st, 2017












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