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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #841
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recent high-speed rail construction news

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Workers prepare to install the last section of the Ganhe Super Bridge along the Wuhan-Guangzhou express rail in Xianning, Hubei province on June 18, 2008. The 3.42 km-long Ganhe Super Bridge is the most difficult part of the railway construction project. With an investment of 108 billion yuan ($15.69 billion), the 968-km Wuhan-Guangzhou railway, which is expected to be completed in 2010, can allow trains to run at speed of 350 km per hour. The train travel time between the two cities will be cut to only 4 hours from more than 11 hours currently. [Xinhua]




The last 900-ton section is installed to connect the Ganhe Super Bridge along the Wuhan-Guangzhou express rail in Xianning, Hubei province on June 18, 2008. The 3.42 km-long Ganhe Super Bridge is the most difficult part of the railway construction project. With an investment of 108 billion yuan ($15.69 billion), the 968-km Wuhan-Guangzhou railway, which is expected to be completed in 2010, can allow trains to run at speed of 350 km per hour. The train travel time between the two cities will be cut to only 4 hours from more than 11 hours currently. [Xinhua]


Workers are busy planting trees and grass along the Wuhan-Guangzhou express rail in Xianning, Hubei province on June 18, 2008. With an investment of 108 billion yuan ($15.69 billion), the 968-km Wuhan-Guangzhou railway, which is expected to be completed in 2010, can allow trains to run at speed of 350 km per hour. The train travel time between the two cities will be cut to only 4 hours from more than 11 hours currently. [Xinhua]
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China starts work on Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed rail

2008-07-02

China broke ground on Tuesday for a 300 km high-speed passenger rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing, two cities in the populous, affluent Yangtze River Delta region of east China.

The new line, costing 39.45 billion yuan ($5.7 billion), is to be completed in four years.

It will run around the clock and offer services at three-minute intervals during peak hours. It will cut the travel time from two hours to 72 minutes.

"The new line is expected to boost the economy of the cities along it," said an unidentified railway official.

The route will have 21 stations and is forecast to carry up to 26.35 million people by 2020 and 38.44 million by 2030.

The delta area, one of the country's most economically robust, currently contributes more than 20 percent of the national gross domestic product.


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Old July 16th, 2008, 04:54 PM   #842
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Shanghai - Hangzhou high speed rail

It's a super-fast track for city-Hangzhou line
Created: 2008-7-16
Author:Lydia Chen and Yang Lifei
Shanghai Daily 7/16/08


IMAGINE traveling by rail between Shanghai and Hangzhou in just over 30 minutes ... this is no dream, as the wheels are in motion.

Construction of the high-speed link between the two cities will start next year, the Hangzhou-based Metropolis Express reported yesterday, citing the Ministry of Railways.

The 158-kilometer line, which would start at the Hangzhou Eastern Railway Station in the provincial capital of Zhejiang and end in Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport area, would reduce traveling time by nearly 90 minutes.

Trains would travel up to 300 kilometers an hour on the 27.6-billion-yuan (US$4.03-billion) line.

There would be five stops along the line at stations in Zhejiang's Yuhang, Tongxiang and Jiaxing cities and at Shanghai's Songjiang District and Fengjing Town.

The report did not say when construction would be completed.

The Shanghai-Hangzhou link would connect to the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed railway at Shanghai's Hongqiao Transport Hub and passengers could also transfer to the Hangzhou-Ningbo railway link at the Hangzhou Eastern Station.

The Hongqiao Transport Hub will serve as a transfer station for the city's Hongqiao International Airport, a Maglev station, at least three Metro stations and bus stations.

China also plans to start construction on the 42-billion-yuan Nanjing-Hangzhou intercity railway this year.
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Breakdown causes passengers to swelter in 50-degree heat

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Created: 2008-7-18
Author:Dong Zhen


TWO passengers were taken to hospital after a Shanghai-Nanjing bullet train broke down near Nanjing Station in Jiangsu Province yesterday morning. The Shanghai Railway Administration said both had been released from hospital after emergency treatment.

The pair became ill in the sweltering heat inside the stranded train.

The D406 bullet train pulled to a sudden stop when its power supply failed on route to Qixia Station, close to the terminus in Nanjing at 9:57am, officials said. The train was due to arrive in Nanjing at 10:11am.

Police officers on duty on the train said temperatures inside the cabins reached more than 50 degrees Celsius as the air-conditioning was out of service and the windows couldn't be opened.

Passengers were stuck on board for more than two hours until another bullet train, the D472 heading for Hangzhou, stopped to pick them up. Passengers were taken to Nanjing Station. Police said one of the two people rushed to hospital was an elderly woman who was thought to have a heart condition.

The railway authority said repairs to the train were completed by 12:33pm and it finally pulled into Nanjing Station at 12:51pm.

Police said unless train crew received orders from the railway management, the doors could not be opened before the trains arrived at a station.

Police said the passengers left for the other train through designated escape passages instead of the train doors, which had not been opened during the breakdown.

Media reports that some passengers were injured when they broke windows to jump out have not been confirmed by the railway authority.

Officials said the breakdown caused a 36-minute delay to another bullet train, the D415, which was due to leave from Nanjing Station. No other lines were affected, they said. It was the second bullet-train breakdown in recent months in this region.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:43 PM   #845
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Shanghai new Hongqiao rail station

From Shanghai Daily on 7/21/08

City's hub poised for fast-track treatment

Created: 2008-7-21
Author:Dong Zhen


THE first piece of earth was turned yesterday - and now it's the fast track all the way for construction on the Hongqiao rail station, part of the Shanghai-Beijing express that will be a major part of a massive and multi-purpose city transport hub. Top Shanghai officials attended the ground-breaking ceremony just to the west of the Hongqiao airport.

The Hongqiao Transport Hub will centralize and simplify the link between long-distance trains and buses, the Metro network and airline services. The railway authority said building of the Hongqiao station would progress in coordination with construction of the Shanghai-Beijing line. The Hongqiao station will cover an area of 240,000 square meters that will contain facilities for both high-speed and normal trains and will be in service before the 2010 World Expo opens in Shanghai. The Hongqiao express rail station is expected to reach an annual turnover of 52.72 million people by 2020. This would increase to 78.38 million people by 2030, planners said.

Overall, the Hongqiao Transport Hub is expected to cater to an average of 650,000 passengers daily, with the capability of handling a maximum of 1.1 million people each 24 hours. The Hongqiao stop will be one of 21 stations on the Shanghai-Beijing express line.

A train trip between Shanghai and the capital is expected to be reduced by half to just five hours when the express line is completed in 2013. Ten years was spent on researching and preparation of the line before the project was approved by national authorities in 2006.

During the early years of service, trains on the line would travel at 300 kilometers an hour, planners said. However, the trains will be capable of a maximum speed of 350kmh. The fastest Chinese bullet trains in service now reach 250kmh. The new Shanghai-Beijing express is expected to handle nearly 160 million passengers each year.

It will also free up cargo transport between the two cities. More than 130 million tons of goods are expected to be moved annually once the passenger express line is completed.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 02:54 PM   #846
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how about the meglev train in China?

any news for this???
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 03:16 PM   #847
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Nanjing - Hefei high speed

From Shanghai Daily on 7/23/08:

Hefei trip to be cut to 3 hours
Created: 2008-7-23
Author:Chen Qian


BULLET trains will be added to the Hefei-Nanjing line from August 1, shortening the journey time between Hefei and Shanghai from over six hours to just under three hours. The journey time from Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, to Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, will be cut from 85 minutesto 59 minutes.

The Shanghai Railway Bureau said four bullet trains will run between Hefei and Nanjing, with six between Hefei and Shanghai. The price between Hefei and Nanjing will be 67 yuan (US$10) for ordinary seats and 80 yuan for better seats. Tickets between Hefei to Shanghai will cost from 160 yuan to 192 yuan, according to Jianghuai Morning News.

Of the trains between Hefei and Nanjing, one will stop at Feidong and Quanjiao for a total of four minutes and the others will be express route. Two of the trains between Hefei and Shanghai will stop at several stations while two will only stop at Nanjing, the Xin'an Evening News said.

The Hefei-Nanjing railway is the first line designed to cope with a maximum speed of 250 kilometers an hour in east China. The 166 kilometer line opened on April 18. Currently Bombardier trains are used, traveling at 160kph. After the bullet trains are introduced, they will be removed.

The lines are a key part of the national express railway network connecting the Xi'an-Hefei, the Wuhan-Chongqing-Chengdu and the Beijing-Shanghai lines. Before the Hefei-Nanjing railway line opened, trains from Hefei had to travel up to four hours to reach Nanjing and up to eight to Shanghai.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #848
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Bejing - Tainjin high speed

From Scientific American on 7/22/08 Technology section:

China shows off new high-speed train for Olympics

By Ben Blanchard
July 22, 2008

BEIJING/TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - With its swivel seats, spacious, plush interiors and the largest railway station in Asia, China has high hopes for a new express link from Beijing to nearby Tianjin, the fastest rail service on the planet. The railway will open next Friday, in time for next month's Beijing Olympics, and will shuttle people to soccer events in Tianjin, one of the Games' co-host cities. It will chop one hour off the current rail journey, reducing it to a 30-minute hop, taking passengers at a top speed of 350 kmph (220 mph) on special sleek trains with interiors that look more like aircraft cabins.

Reporters were given a sneak preview of the ultra-modern trains on a government-organized trip on Tuesday, zipping through the lush countryside past massive housing developments and deserted highways. "This is a revolution in terms of ramping up the speed of Chinese railways," Railway Ministry spokesman Wang Yongping told reporters at the cavernous new Beijing South railway station, which he said was the largest in Asia.
Trains can run on the 20 billion yuan ($2.93 billion) new Tianjin line every three minutes, and each train can carry around 600 people between landlocked Beijing and its port city neighbor. Ticket prices have yet to be set, though Wang said it would be "within the limits of what the masses can accept."

Planners have thought big. The Beijing South railway station will eventually connect to two subway lines -- the Tianjin terminus will connect to three -- and there are enough platforms for the future high-speed railway to Shanghai, expected to open within the next five years. The Beijing South station has solar panels on the roof and 24 platforms to cope with what officials see as massive future demand for travel in the rapidly developing country. Even airports have been included in the master plan, with one of the Shanghai stations planned next to the city's Hongqiao airport, and space included for a station at Tianjin's recently expanded Binhai international airport. "We are planning for the future with this new station," Wang said.

The new, Chinese-built trains have seats that swivel to face in the direction of travel, and are much wider than equivalent European express trains, said Zhang Shuguang, head of the Railway Ministry's Transport Bureau.
They have hit speeds of 394 kmph in tests, although they will only run at 350 kmph during normal operations, he added. "Its operational speed is the fastest in the world. It's very comfortable and quiet," Zhang said. "There's a French train that has gone 500 kmph in tests, but only in tests."

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China shows off new high-speed train for Olympics A security guard keeps watch near a CRH train at the Beijing South Railway Station July 22, 2008. Swivel seats, spacious, plush interiors, the largest railway station in Asia and the fastest rail service on the planet -- China has high hopes for a new express link from Beijing to nearby Tianjin. Opening next Friday, the line will chop one hour off the current rail journey, reducing it to a 30 minute hop, taking passengers at a top speed of 350 kmph on special sleek trains whose interiors look more like aircraft cabins. The railway is opening in time for next month's Beijing Olympics, and it will shuttle people to soccer events in Tianjin, one of the Games' co-host cities.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #849
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High-speed railway ready to roll

2008-07-24

The country is set to enter the high-speed railway club, with its first 350kmh-passenger train traveling between Beijing and Tianjin scheduled for launch on Aug 1.


The new service is expected to cut travel time between the 120-km route by half, to less than 30 minutes.


"From now on, China will possess one of the world's fastest high-speed rail services," Zhang Shuguang, deputy chief engineer of the Ministry of Railways, said on Tuesday.


In comparison, high-speed trains in Spain and Japan run at 320kmh, while those in France, Germany and Italy travel at 300kmh, Zhang said.


And for the passengers who were invited to experience the service during a trial, riding the trains were "just as comfortable" as being on slower ones.

Sitting in one of the swivel seats on board a sleek carriage of the new service, Beijinger Zhang Tao said she did not feel dizzy or uncomfortable.


The pleasant interior of the carriage, similar to a passenger aircraft's, helped.


"I didn't even notice that the train was already going that fast, until somebody announced the speed - 350 kmh - in about 10 minutes after the train left the railway station," she said.


"If there was any detectable difference, it would be that the cars running on the freeways beside the railway looked even slower," she said.


With traveling time between the two cities shortened by the new rail, many say couples who cannot afford apartments in the capital can now consider those in Tianjin.


"Young people may think about working in Beijing and living in Tianjin, because commuting between the capital and Tianjin will soon be as easy as taking the bus," Zhang Shuguang said.


As for the ticket price of the new service, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) yesterday said the rail's company will decide on one for the yearlong trial, after which the final price will be announced following legal procedures.


Zhang said a first-class ticket for the trip will be about 70 yuan ($10) and a second-class one, 60 yuan.


The NDRC also said that other rail services between Beijing and Tianjin should not be reduced, to keep up with various demands of commuters.

Technical know-how


For the Chinese engineers behind the new rail, rolling out the transport marvel goes beyond the basic requirements of speed, comfort and convenience.


"To provide the high-speed rail service, we have had to conquer at least three obstacles," the ministry's Zhang Shuguang said.


The trains' operation control system is one of the core technologies that needs mastering, he said.


Its difficulty lies in getting the trains to keep a safe distance between one another and preventing them from colliding with each other or slower trains, he said, a challenge that may not seem like a big one for slower rail.


"Trains running at 350kmh can equal the speed of airplanes taking off, or at 100m per second," Zhang said.


Only four countries have mastered such technology, he said.


Such expertise has made it possible for the 350-kmh trains to leave the railway station every five minutes during peak hours, and every 10 minutes during non-peak hours, Zhang said.


The second core technology is in synthesizing up to seven rail coordination systems, each with up to 70,000 parts, and making them work as one to maintain track performance, he said. It is something China has also acquired on its own after years of research and experience, he said.


The third core technology of high-speed railways involves the design and manufacture of high-speed trains themselves.


"When a train runs at 350kmh, it will produce an environment of 'negative air pressure'. Designing the high-speed train's air-conditioning system becomes a difficult task, since the train can draw objects into the carriage through any opening, like a big vacuum," he said.


The authorities chose to cooperate with foreign companies that had the necessary expertise, like Germany-based Siemens, to meet such challenges. Under a joint project between the Tangshan Railway Transportation Equipment Company and Siemens, Chinese engineers completed the requisite designs and submitted it to Siemens, who were involved in the industrial certification of the project, Zhang said.

Rail completion

The final product, the CRH-3 (China Railway High-speed) train, is unique to China.


"The entire design is made to suit our needs. As agreed, we own the intellectual property rights of this type of high-speed train," the ministry's Zhang Shuguang said.


Except for three trains manufactured in Germany, the rest of the 57 trains were all produced locally, in Tangshan. Each costs 200 million yuan, Zhang said.


The trains on the Beijing-Tianjin line are also upgrades carried out by Chinese engineers based on the 200-250kmh bullet trains, under a cooperation program between China and Japan.

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In comparison, high-speed trains in Spain and Japan run at 320kmh, while those in France, Germany and Italy travel at 300kmh, Zhang said.
Nearly everything he says is slightly wrong or slightly exaggerated. Not enough to be a serious crime, but funny nonetheless.

Spain = 320km/h?, Japan = 300km/h, France = 320 km/h, Germany + Italy = 300 km/h
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Ningbo - Wenzhou high speed railway

A couple of pictures taken 7/25 near Ninghai, Zhejiang province:

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West Shanghai railway station

From Shanghai Daily on 7/26:

West rail station to reopen
Created: 2008-7-26
Author:Dong Zhen


SHANGHAI'S West Railway Station will reopen to passengers and connect to three new Metro lines, local urban planners announced this week. The station will also become one of two city stops along the Shanghai-Nanjing Express Railway due to be completed in July 2010. The station is now used only for cargo.

Planners unveiled a blueprint to connect the station to the planned Metro Lines 11, 15 and 16. Two squares will be built to the south and north of the station hall and a two-story corridor will connect the two. Passengers can walk to the future Metro hub through an underground tunnel from the railway station.

Construction of the Shanghai-Nanjing rail link began earlier this month. There will be one stop every 15 kilometers along the 300-kilometer line. In its first year, the track is expected to carry 30 million passengers, said railway officials.
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Four new railways approved for constructionBy Shangguan Zhoudong (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2008-07-25 15:17 Comments(0) PrintMailFour new railways, including one dedicated passenger line, have been approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, for construction, said the commission in statements released on its website yesterday.


The 261.3-km dedicated passenger line, linking Tianjin Municipality and Qinhuangdao in neighboring Hebei province, will begin from the Tianjin Railway Station and pass through Tianjin's Binhai New Area, Tangshan and Beidaihe in Hebei province.


The second one is the Lijiang-Shangri La Railway with a total length of 161km. The interprovincial railway starts from the Lijiang Railway Station and will route through Tiger Leaping Gorge and Xiaozhongdian, scenic spots in Yunnan province.


The longest one among the four newly-approved railways is the Xinjiang Kashi-Xinjiang Hetian Railway. Located in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the 487 km-line will pass through counties like Yingjisha, Shache, Yecheng and Pishan.


The last one is the Xi'an-Pingliang Railway that starts from Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi province and goes through Liquan, Qianxian, Yongshou, Binxian and Changwu counties in the province and Jingchuan county in Gansu province. Finally, the railway will link up with the Baoji-Zhongwei Railway at the Pingliang South Railway Station.


China's railway construction is in full swing in recent years. The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, the most expensive construction project with a designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour, started construction in April this year.


Additionally, the country's first 350kmh-passenger line between Beijing and Tianjin, which is now under trial operation, is scheduled for launch on August 1 this year.


China plans to build a total of 7,820 km rail lines this year and foreign investment shall be introduced in the construction of railways, according to the Ministry of Railways. The ministry also said a total of 300 billion yuan ($42 billion) will be invested in China's railway construction this year.


China now has more than 76,000 km of railways, ranking third in the world by length after the United States and Russia.
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wow i am pretty amazed its alot of construction going at once how cool is that.

also well i think its a great idea i am thinking the USA will look into that with their CHSR and also the HSR in the United states as well.
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China needs high speed rail because it has a huge population. As the economy grows, more people moves up the social and economic ladder, more people will buy cars. But the cost of petrol / fuel has increased. Therefore it makes sense to develop more rail infrastructure to move masses of people between cities using rail.

But from all the plans, seems like Central and Coastal China gets the biggest projects. Good signs that Guangzhou will soon have a link to Guiyang and Wuhan. Guangzhou as the manufacturing capital of southern China should have good infrastructure with its neighboring provinces and other poorer regions like Sichuan, Guizhou, Tibet, Gansu...etc.
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thats why i want the USA to take notes about this and start implanting it to our Rail network.
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Nearly everything he says is slightly wrong or slightly exaggerated. Not enough to be a serious crime, but funny nonetheless.

Spain = 320km/h?, Japan = 300km/h, France = 320 km/h, Germany + Italy = 300 km/h
As far as I know, if China operates the comercial trains at 350km/h, they will be really the fastest ones. I guess speed limits are correct for for most of the countries mentioned above. Germany should have a lower speed limit tough, smt like 260km/h.
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Are there more pictures of the new bejing south railway station available?

Its supposed to be done by the olympics, right?

I would like to see it finished, until now, I only saw construction pix
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As far as I know, if China operates the comercial trains at 350km/h, they will be really the fastest ones. I guess speed limits are correct for for most of the countries mentioned above. Germany should have a lower speed limit tough, smt like 260km/h.
Germany = 300km/h, the only one I'm unsure of is Spain which is either 300km/h or a little more, soon to be 350km/h. But I'm certainly more accurate than Zheng - who I assume is paid to do his job and should get his research right.
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