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Old April 11th, 2008, 07:26 AM   #701
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Stunning Daqin railway's 20,000 ton coal shipping train video. I counted 200 carriages and still running ...

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Old April 11th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #702
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China unveils new 350km-per-hour bullet train

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Updated: 2008-04-11 14:10


BEIJING -- China's first domestically produced bullet train, which is able to run at 350 kilometers per hour, rolled off the production line on Friday.

The train, the latest model in the China Railway High-speed (CRH) series, was produced in the northern city of Tangshan by the China Northern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corp.

The eight-carriage train can seat 557 passengers.

Three such trains would begin service on the new 120-kilometer Beijing-Tianjin route before the Olympics starts in August, the manufacturer said.

In all, 57 such trains were expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2009


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...nt_6610277.htm
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #703
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I think the reason why China is doing this is because the majority of Chinese people are unable to afford the price of air tickets or air travel. Thus, the vast majority of the traveling public travel by trains. Trains are cheaper even than long distance coaches. Due to the large volume of people traveling on them. The United States travelling public rely on air travel. The public can't really afford air travel and so the government, to cater for the majority of the public choose to invest heavily in public rail travel and rail infrastructure.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #704
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its not about affordability...china would have to buy all the gasolin for the aircrafts for domestic flights in foreign countries...Furthermore High Speed Rail is much more eco-friendly, and the capacity is also bigger.

Just take a look at the corridor Shanghai-Bejing. in the not to distant future, more than 30 mio passengers will travel that route per year....In short: You could build a completely new airport just for that route...
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Old April 11th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #705
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I wouldn't be so hopeful that the Chinese government chose high speed rail for it's environmental appeal but for other reasons.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 12:16 PM   #706
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China unveils new 350km-per-hour bullet train

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Updated: 2008-04-11 14:10


BEIJING -- China's first domestically produced bullet train, which is able to run at 350 kilometers per hour, rolled off the production line on Friday.

The train, the latest model in the China Railway High-speed (CRH) series, was produced in the northern city of Tangshan by the China Northern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corp.

The eight-carriage train can seat 557 passengers.

Three such trains would begin service on the new 120-kilometer Beijing-Tianjin route before the Olympics starts in August, the manufacturer said.

In all, 57 such trains were expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2009


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Old April 13th, 2008, 04:05 AM   #707
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Another article on the new locally built China high speed train

From the Shanghai Daily on 4/12:

Fast train off to flying start
Created: 2008-4-12 0:10:16

CHINA'S first domestically produced train able to reach 350 kilometers per hour rolled off the production line yesterday.

The train, the latest model in the China Railway high-speed series, was produced in Tangshan City, Hebei Province by the China Northern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corp.

After taking the train for a two-kilometer test run, Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun said it marked "a new, significant achievement in China's railway equipment modernization."

The eight-carriage train, with a streamlined body made of light aluminum alloy, can seat 557 passengers.

Three such trains will begin service on the new 120-kilometer Beijing-Tianjin route before the Olympics start in August, the manufacturer said.

They will cut the travel time from 80 minutes to 30 minutes. In all, 57 such trains are expected to be in operation by the end of 2009.

The train is based on the Siemens ICE 3. The manufacturer said it started to cooperate with the technical support provider in 2005 and then created its own platform based on the world-class technology.

China unveiled the first domestic 300kph train last December, becoming the fourth country - after France, Germany and Japan - that can produce such trains.

The Beijing-Tianjin railway is considered a trial line for the 1,318-kilometer Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, which will be completed in five years and run at between 300 and 350kph.

"China's railway service has long fallen short of demand," said Li Heping, a researcher at the China Academy of Railway Sciences. "There are two solutions - building more railways and raising the train speed."

China had raised train speeds six times as of April 2007, and railways that allow a speed of more than 200kph has totaled 6,227 kilometers in length.

By 2020, the total length of such railways will reach 18,000 kilometers, and the express train services will cover 50,000 kilometers, benefiting 90 percent of China's population.

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Old April 13th, 2008, 06:31 AM   #708
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I believe high speed rail is the way to go to "transport" people in high density areas. In China it is way better than planes in this manner. They also look very cool
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Old April 13th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #709
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holy Shinkies!!!! (Tommy Boy Quote) china i am impressed by you doing that and 350 KM wow great job china

the USA has gotten beaten this time around shame USA very Shame more public transport investment and we could get a system like that running in the USA.

exactly HSR is very environmental Friendly and also the capcity is huge you see USA take notes from China, china is a country as big as the USA and its investing in HSR where are you in your investment America?

also thats a heck of a awesome Rail car set, heck even the women on board look like Flight attendents thats awesome, is it like that in the USA as well with Amtrak?
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Old April 13th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #710
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Congratulations to China on opening up another high speed link. This time between Beijing and Tianjin.

I was wondering; is America really suited for HSR. Sure, "short" sectors like Boston to Washington, California to Las Vegas, Houston to Dallas/ Ft Worth... But to connect the entire country with high speed rail? I'm pretty sure flying through the hub and spoke networks, combined with the delays, will still be significantly faster.
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Old April 18th, 2008, 08:49 AM   #711
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China launches construction of Beijing-Shanghai railway

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4.18 SHANGHAI (AFP) — China started construction Friday of a long-awaited high-speed rail linking Beijing and Shanghai at a total cost of 220.9 billion yuan (31.6 billion dollars), state media reported.

At a ceremony in Beijing, Premier Wen Jiabao laid the cornerstone for the 1,320-kilometre (820-mile) line, which is expected to be completed within five years, the Xinhua news agency said.

The formal launch of the project came after fierce snowstorms this winter crippled China's transport systems and stranded millions of passengers in January and February, highlighting the need to upgrade the railway network.

Trains would run at speeds of up to 350 kilometres (220 miles) per hour, cutting travel time between Beijing and Shanghai by nearly half to five hours.

State media reported earlier this year China Railway Construction Corp won the two largest contracts of the project worth 33.7 billion yuan.

State media have said a state-run new investment firm would seek money from major local banks and overseas private equity investors for the construction, while the national pension fund also reportedly planned to invest.

"The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail was designed by China itself... and all the technological equipment was produced by domestic companies," the Xinhua report said, citing an official from the Ministry of Railway.

It did not say how big a role the foreign funds would play in financing the project.
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Old April 18th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #712
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China launches construction of Beijing-Shanghai railway

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China starts work on Beijing-Shanghai express railway
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04...ent_6627655.htm
Updated: 2008-04-18 14:00
BEIJING -- The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway with a designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour started construction on Friday.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L) attends the ground-breaking ceremony of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in Beijing, April 18, 2008. The railway, which will be completed in five years and run at 300km/hr to 350 km/hr, would cut travel time between the Chinese capital and the country's leading financial hub from around 10 hours at present to about five hours. [Xinhua]


The 1,318-km line, upon its completion in five years, would reduce the trip between the two metropolitans to five hours and lift the one-way transport capacity to 80 million passengers and more than 100 million tons of cargo annually, said the Ministry of Railway.

Attending a ceremony here, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced the formal start of the construction.

With an investment of 220.9 billion yuan (US$31.6 billion), the railway was the most expensive construction project China had started since 1949.

Trains would run at speeds of 350 km per hour. Last Friday, the country's first domestically produced train, able to reach 350 kilometers per hour, rolled off the production line.

According to the ministry, all the technological equipments for the self-designed line was produced by domestic companies.

About 50 percent of the investment was from the state-owned Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co Ltd. The rest would be raised through share offerings, bank loans and foreign investment, said a source with the ministry, without elaborating on specific proportions.

Workers pose for a group photo during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in Beijing, April 18, 2008. [Xinhua]


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (front, R) shakes hands with workers during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in Beijing, April 18, 2008. [Xinhua]


Workers decorate the construction vehicle during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in Beijing, April 18, 2008. [Xinhua]

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Old April 18th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #713
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Key facts and figures on China's high-speed railways
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/...ent_8003754.htm
www.chinaview.cn 2008-04-18 16:20:16 Print

BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, the longest and most expensive of its kind in China, broke ground here on Friday, a giant step the country has taken to materialize its high-speed railway dream.

Upon its completion in 2013, the 1,318-km Beijing-Shanghai railway with an investment of 220.9 billion yuan (31.6 billion U.S. dollars) will cut travel time between the two cities from the present 10 hours to five hours, doubling the existing transport capacity to 160 million passengers annually.

Following are the key facts and figures on China's rapid developing railway industry:

--Under the Medium- and Long-term Railway Network Program released in 2005, the total mileage of China's railways in operation will reach 100,000 kilometers by 2020. The total length of railways allowing a speed of more than 200 km/hr will reach 18,000 km while express train services will cover 50,000 km, benefiting 90 percent of China's population.

--The program also foresaw a total investment of two trillion yuan in railway building, equivalent to a yearly average of 130 billion yuan in the 15 years ending 2020.

-- China has invested 522 billion yuan in railway construction between 2003 and 2007, more than twice as much as the figure from 1998 to 2002. In 2008 alone, the investment was expected to hit 300 billion yuan as 7,820 kilometers of rail lines were to be laid.

-- China unveiled its ambition to build a high-speed railway network as early as 2005 when the construction of the 995-kilometer-long railway between Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, and south China's Guangzhou city started.

-- In succession, the express passenger railway linking Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province and Taiyuan, provincial capital of Shanxi and that linking Wuhan and Hefei of eastern Anhui Province, both with a designed speed of no less than 200 km/hr, also broke ground.

-- A shorter Beijing-Tianjin Railway, widely considered as a trial line for the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, will be put into service before the August Beijing Olympics.

-- China's first domestically produced high-speed trains, able to reach 350 kilometers per hour, rolled off the production line early April and would begin service on the 120-km-long Beijing-Tianjin route. They will cut the travel time from 80 minutes at present to 30 minutes.

-- In December 2007, China became the world's fourth country after France, Germany and Japan that can domestically produce 300-km/hr trains.

-- To cope with the rising pressure of railway traffic driven by its robust economy, China has raised train speeds six times as of April 2007, with railways allowing a speed of more than 200 km/hr totaling 6,227 km in length.

-- China's railways carried 1.36 billion passengers in 2007, up 8 percent over a year ago. More than 3 billion tonnes of cargo were transported by rail, an increase of 8.6 percent. In 2008, passengers would make more than 1.4 billion rail journeys and the cargo transported by railway would exceed 3.3 billion tons.
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Old April 18th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #714
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Hefei - Nanjing railway improvement

From the Shanghai Daily on 4/18:

Two hours saved on Hefei link
Created: 2008-4-18
Author:Lydia Chen

A Train trip from Shanghai to Hefei will be reduced by more than two hours after a new rail link opens tomorrow.

The 166-kilometer Hefei-Nanjing Railway, connecting Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, and Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, will cut the trip from Shanghai to Hefei to four and a half hours from nearly six and a half hours.

Twenty-two passenger trains and five cargo trains will run on the link prior the end of July.

No bullet trains will be included in the link's first phase of operation but, in August, six bullet trains will be added to the Hefei-Nanjing and Hefei-Shanghai routes.

The 4.31-billion-yuan (US$616 million) Hefei-Nanjing Railway is one of three planned intercity rail links to shorten travel from Nanjing to other neighboring cities, promoting regional economic cooperation in eastern China.

The line has four stations along its 119-kilometer section in Anhui and 47 kilometers in Jiangsu.

Passenger trains will be limited to a maximum speed of 200 kilometers per hour.
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thats good China keep it up your doing great if only this scale was in the united states as well oh man i feel bad for the USA.
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Old April 19th, 2008, 05:45 PM   #716
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Is that yellow train gonna be the cars for the Shanghai-Beijing railway? Probably not I assume because it looks more like a subway than a long-distance train
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Old April 19th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #717
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i think the beijing - shanghai railway deserves a new thread.. or is there one already??
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Old April 21st, 2008, 07:49 PM   #718
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Is that yellow train gonna be the cars for the Shanghai-Beijing railway? Probably not I assume because it looks more like a subway than a long-distance train
It looks like a maglev! It's certainly completely the wrong picture.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 11:54 PM   #719
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i think the beijing - shanghai railway deserves a new thread.. or is there one already??
Yes, it deserves a new topic. This thread is just a general topic for the whole country. However, the construction just started so it may take awhile to post new pics or news or sub-topics. Plus, there are only few chinese who can generate and update the threads.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 11:36 AM   #720
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京津城际列车试运行 冲击亚洲最高速(图)
核心提示:今天下午,新型列车将在京津城际铁路上试运行,试验从300至350公里的最高时速,并冲刺亚洲第一时速350公里。
今天(23日)下午,新型列车将在京津城际铁路上试运行,试验从300至350公里的最高时速,并冲刺亚洲第一时速350公里。

上午10时半,来自德国西门子的技术人员在中方工作人员陪同下登上“和谐号”CRH3-001.陪同的中方工作人员说,这些外国专家是负责技术设备检测的,主要是车内的娱乐设施,比如广播设备。

4月14日,国产时速350公里的CRH3“和谐号”动车组在中国北车集团唐山轨道客车有限责任公司下线。该型动车组由1辆一等座车、6辆二等座车和1辆带有厨房的二等座车组成,全车定员557人。首批下线的前3列动车组将在北京奥运会召开前驰骋在京津城际铁路上。预计2009年底之前,将有57列陆续下线投入运营。


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小资料:CRH3是中国“CRH”动车组家族的成员之一,CRH是“China Railway High-speed”的缩写,意为“中国高速铁路”。“CRH”系列动车组目前拥有CRH1、CRH2、CRH3、CRH5等型号,其制造技术主要来自日本、德国、法国。经过消化吸收及国产化后,“CRH”已成具有自主知识产权的动车组产品系列。

其中,CRH3使用的是德国技术,是中国目前时速最快的动车组。 (本文来源:法制晚报 )
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