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Old October 13th, 2017, 07:46 AM   #6161
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I wouldn't have guessed South Africa is so high on the list for electrified railways...
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Old October 13th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #6162
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Data of the UIC:

% electrified 2005 2010
SWITZERLAND 99 99
LUXEMBOURG 95 95
BELGIUM 84 86
NETHERLANDS 73 76
SWEDEN 77 71
ITALY 69 71
AUSTRIA 62 68
JAPAN 61 61
POLAND 61 60
KOREA 49 60
SPAIN 56 60
GERMANY 57 59
U.E.-15 52 56
FRANCE 50 52
PORTUGAL 51 52
U.E.-25 50 52
FINLAND 46 52
RUSSIA 49 51
SOUTH AFRICA 42 48
CHINA 31 46
BULGARIA 69 44
SLOVAKIA 43 44
SLOVENIA 41 41
TURKEY ? 38
ROMANIA 37 37
HUNGARY 36 36
REP. 32 34
UNITED KINGDOM 32 33
INDIA 28 29
DENMARK 28 24
AUSTRALIA 20 23
ESTONIA 14 17
GREECE 3 14
LATVIA 19 14
LITHUANIA 7 7
IRELAND 3 3
USA 1 1
CANADA 0 0
WORLD TOTAL 30 35
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Old October 14th, 2017, 03:07 PM   #6163
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Window or Aisle? China Train Riders Can Finally Choose

http://www.caixinglobal.com/2017-10-13/101156079.html

Chinese bullet train lovers who buy their tickets online can finally decide between a window or aisle seat.

Such simple but important decisions, which have been open to travelers in the West for years, have officially come to China’s high-speed railroad with the launch of a feature that allows for seat selection when booking online. The move comes as the rail operator, China Railway Corp. (CRC), tries to become more customer-friendly as it breaks from its history as a government entity.

The new service, which began on Thursday, will allow passengers to select seats from a map that pops up during the booking process. If no seat is available, an automatic distribution system kicks in. A notice on the operator’s website detailed the booking process.

Unlike airlines, which are more market-oriented due to competition, trains in China were until recently operated by a government monopoly. But under new reforms, the operator has been forced to be more responsible for its own finances, and be more consumer-focused. Since then, CRC has been trying to make life more convenient for travelers, and now offers a number of services online.

The new online seat-selection service answers years of yearning from consumers, especially those traveling with families, who complained they could not sit together due to the inflexible ticket booking system.

The move was welcomed by ordinary consumers and experts alike. “It is a step truly putting consumers in mind and a milestone for the rail operator to truly transform from a government entity into a service provider,” said Feng Haining, a public affairs commentator for the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News.

Still, the new service was limited to types of seats, but not specific rows, which means that passengers still can’t select exact positions. In addition, the new service is limited to high-speed trains, and has yet to be rolled out on the conventional railways that remain a common form of transportation for many.
“The process to book a ticket for both high-speed and conventional trains is the same, which means there should not be any technical barriers excluding the latter,” Feng wrote.
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Old October 15th, 2017, 03:40 PM   #6164
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Data of the UIC:

% electrified 2005 2010
SWITZERLAND 99 99
LUXEMBOURG 95 95
BELGIUM 84 86
NETHERLANDS 73 76
SWEDEN 77 71
ITALY 69 71
AUSTRIA 62 68
JAPAN 61 61
POLAND 61 60
KOREA 49 60
SPAIN 56 60
GERMANY 57 59
U.E.-15 52 56
FRANCE 50 52
PORTUGAL 51 52
U.E.-25 50 52
FINLAND 46 52
RUSSIA 49 51
SOUTH AFRICA 42 48
CHINA 31 46
BULGARIA 69 44
SLOVAKIA 43 44
SLOVENIA 41 41
TURKEY ? 38
ROMANIA 37 37
HUNGARY 36 36
REP. 32 34
UNITED KINGDOM 32 33
INDIA 28 29
DENMARK 28 24
AUSTRALIA 20 23
ESTONIA 14 17
GREECE 3 14
LATVIA 19 14
LITHUANIA 7 7
IRELAND 3 3
USA 1 1
CANADA 0 0
WORLD TOTAL 30 35
2016 China electrified railway reach 64.5%
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Old October 16th, 2017, 05:49 PM   #6165
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Old October 19th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #6166
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China's railway investment to exceed $121b yuan in 2017

http://www.ecns.cn/business/2017/10-19/277588.shtml

This year's fixed investment in the railway sector might exceed 800 billion yuan ($121.04 billion), a target set by China Railway at the beginning of 2017, Economic Information Daily reported Wednesday, citing unnamed industry source.

The source attributed his prediction to current construction progress and the fact that generally the fourth quarter is a peak season for railway building.

In the first eight months, fixed investment in the railway sector nationwide reached 453.6 billion yuan, up by 4.7 percent year-on-year, according to China Railway's data cited by the Economic Information Daily.

Currently, two major railway lines are under construction.

Construction on the Lianyungang-Xuzhou railway line, which is located in East China's Jiangsu province, has been underway since July 13. Construction on this line, which runs for 180.39 kilometers and is expected to cost 28.17 billion yuan, is projected to be finished by December 2020.

On Aug 8, construction on the Dunhua-Baihe railway started. This line, with a length of 113.5 kilometers, when finished four years later, will cut the travel time between Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, and the Changbai Mountain, a resort in Jilin province, to four hours.

Another railway line, the Chongqing-Kunming railway, with a length of 720 kilometers and an expected investment of 117 billion yuan, is expected to start within this year, according to the Economic Information Daily. The railway spans Chongqing municipality, Sichuan province, Guizhou province and Yunnan province.
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Old October 21st, 2017, 09:31 AM   #6167
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Could this train have taken the Dunhuang Golmud railway? I remember seeing that most of that railway is in trail operation with the rest in testing somewhere that I can't find now. It was possibly a map that I saw.

Otherwise what is the date for Dunhung Golmud railway to open?

Cargo train links China's Qinghai with Russia
Xinhua | Updated: 2017-08-21 10:28
XINING - A new China-Europe freight train service began Sunday, linking Russia with Golmud in Qaidam Basin, Northwest China's Qinghai province.

The train, loaded with containers of chemical, left China through the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang, and will pass Kazakhstan before reaching Perm in Russia.

The trip covers about 6,360 kilometers and takes 10 days, 30 days less than the previous sea route.

"The new service can boost the international competitiveness of local goods," said Meng Hai, governor of Haixi Mongol and Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Qinghai.

Encouraged by the Belt and Road Initiative, more than 20 Chinese cities now run trains to central Asia and Europe.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchin...t_30899923.htm



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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
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 07:25 PM   #6168
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Southern Xinjiang Railway

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Old October 24th, 2017, 05:49 AM   #6169
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These pictures are epic.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 10:46 AM   #6170
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World's first railless train hits road, autonomous driving likely by 2020

https://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2017/10-24/278203.shtml

(ECNS) -- The world's first railless train hit the road on Monday afternoon in Zhuzhou City, central China's Hunan Province, and its developer forecasts that autonomous driving of the train will be possible by 2020.

The 32-meter-long train, carrying rail experts and journalists from home and abroad, appeared on Shennong Avenue in Zhuzhou at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The train is part of the intelligent rail express system, called Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART). It has been independently developed by the CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co.

The latest success marks the completion of the 3.1-kilometer phase-one demonstration line of the world's first ART system, which will soon be put into trial run. The first three trains are set to go into operation around the Spring Festival in the coming year.


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Old October 26th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #6171
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Breathtaking scenery: Aerial view of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in SW China

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Old October 28th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #6172
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World's first railless train hits road, autonomous driving likely by 2020

https://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2017/10-24/278203.shtml

(ECNS) -- The world's first railless train hit the road on Monday afternoon in Zhuzhou City, central China's Hunan Province, and its developer forecasts that autonomous driving of the train will be possible by 2020.

The 32-meter-long train, carrying rail experts and journalists from home and abroad, appeared on Shennong Avenue in Zhuzhou at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The train is part of the intelligent rail express system, called Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART). It has been independently developed by the CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co.

The latest success marks the completion of the 3.1-kilometer phase-one demonstration line of the world's first ART system, which will soon be put into trial run. The first three trains are set to go into operation around the Spring Festival in the coming year.


That’s just an optical guided bus and has existed in some places in Europe for decades.
By the way, this is the railways section, not urban transport.
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Old October 29th, 2017, 02:15 PM   #6173
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What's the difference between a bi-articulated bus and that alleged railess train? In any case, as a bus it would be world's largest, since it is 4m longer than Curitiba's 28m buses. Make them double-decker and we'll have a true world wonder of mass transit systems.
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Old October 30th, 2017, 06:55 AM   #6174
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Hello,

Can somebody tell me, if the high speed connections from Guiyang to Chongqing and from Guiyang to Chengdu are finished, how long will travel take from Guiyang to those two cities?
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Old October 30th, 2017, 09:02 AM   #6175
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Hello,

Can somebody tell me, if the high speed connections from Guiyang to Chongqing and from Guiyang to Chengdu are finished, how long will travel take from Guiyang to those two cities?

The high speed lines are under testing from Guiyang to Chongqing at the moment. So it will take 8 hours & 43 minutes by conventional rail still at the moment on the fastest service. I had friends in North East Guizhou on the weekend lamenting the lack of high speed service.
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Well, what is the assumed time then?
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Old October 31st, 2017, 01:53 PM   #6177
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Well, what is the assumed time then?
Chongqing-Guiyang Railway undergoes inspection

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An inspection of the Chongqing-Guiyang High Speed Railway (HSR) is currently underway, reported Guizhou Daily on July 27.

Extending a total length of 345 km, the Chongqing-Guiyang HSR will service a total of 12 stations along the line and will be capable of speeds of 350 km per hour.

Guizhou has sent more than 500 workers for the inspection and adjustment of equipment along the railway to ensure that the whole construction will be completed at the end of the year.

After the completion, the railway will connect to Lanzhou-Chongqing HSR and Guiyang–Guangzhou HSR, forming part of a larger railway network and becoming another important access route to the sea.

The railway is expected to improve the flow of passengers and freight through the railway transport corridor and relieving increasing pressures on existing conventional railway lines in the region.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/m/guizh...t_30277701.htm
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Old November 4th, 2017, 11:24 AM   #6179
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Old November 5th, 2017, 02:17 PM   #6180
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Haha, yeah, I was just going to post the same thoughts!

Looks like a terraformed Mars with a breathable atmosphere.
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