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Old July 31st, 2008, 02:35 PM   #861
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Rapid Beijing-Tianjin train link opens on Friday

From China Daily on 7/31:

By Xin Dingding
China Daily Staff Writer
Updated: 2008-07-31

The Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway will open tomorrow, as scheduled, a railway official said Wednesday.

Tickets for the route linking the capital to the Olympic soccer city, will go on sale today at West Beijing and Beijing railway stations, and from tomorrow at the new Beijing South railway station, from which the new trains will depart, reported the Beijing News.

Tickets to ride the new 350 kph trains will be 69 yuan ($10) for first class and 58 yuan for second class, Zhang Shuguang, deputy chief engineer with the Ministry of Railways, told a press conference at the Beijing International Media Center.

While these are 18 yuan and 16 yuan more expensive than those for the existing bullet trains, which reach a top speed of 250 kph, the journey time will be reduced from about an hour to just 30 minutes, he said.

Forty-seven pairs of trains will run between the two cities each day, Wang Zhiguo, vice-minister of railways, said.

According to a document released last week by the National Development and Reform Committee, some of the slower bullet trains will also use the new line, and ticket prices for those will remain unchanged.

Also, 13 pairs of the slower trains that currently link Beijing to Shanghai, Qingdao and Jinan will, from Friday, leave from Beijing South.

The new railway station will be the biggest in Beijing, but passengers need not be put off by its size, officials have said.

Zheng Jian, deputy chief engineer with the railways ministry, said: "Passengers will never have to walk more than 200 m to get from one train to another."

As well as opening the Beijing-Tianjin intercity rail link, the ministry has added 60 pairs of passenger trains to transport people from Beijing to each of the other five Olympic co-host cities, Zhang said.

A number of trains will also be held in reserve to carry athletes and officials between the cities in the event of bad weather keeping airplanes grounded, Wang said.

Also, the new ticket offices that opened on July 25 to make it easier for passengers to buy Olympic train tickets will remain open until Aug 29.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7537047.stm

China launches high-speed train

week before the Olympic Games, China has launched its first super high-speed intercity rail route.

The 120-km (75-mile) line will shuttle athletes and spectators between Beijing and neighbouring Tianjin, where Olympic football matches will be held.

Trains will reach speeds of 350 km/h, cutting journey times between the cities from 70 to 30 minutes.

The railway is part of the new infrastructure that China has put in place for the Games.

Rail enthusiasts began queuing on Thursday for tickets for the train's inaugural run, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Twin ceremonies were held in Beijing and Tianjin on Friday, with the first trains set to depart shortly afterwards.

The high-tech trains, which feature swivel seats and smart interiors, can accommodate about 600 people.

Construction began on the new line in July 2005. It has cost a total of 21.5bn yuan ($3.1bn, £1.55bn), Railway Minister Wang Zhiguo said.

A first class ticket will cost 69 yuan ($10), while a second-class ticket is 58 yuan.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7536576.stm
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The first intercity train between Beijng and Tianjin departs from Beijing South Railway Station for Tianjin, Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 1, 2008. The intercity rail line between Beijing and Tianjin is a high-speed rail. The new train service would cut the 120-km journey from the current 70 minutes to about 30 minutes.







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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:28 PM   #864
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I understand the initial maximum speed will be 300 km/h with potential to updgrade to 350 km/h - but very impressive nevertheless.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news_v..._business.html

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quote a picture from Hasea bbs,thanks to author 31803181
346km/h on a CRH3 trainset
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 07:42 AM   #866
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So, now China officially has the highest speed limit for trains, I guess.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 07:42 AM   #867
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346km/h on a CRH3 trainset
On a regular service??
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On a regular service??
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 11:10 AM   #869
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 08:26 PM   #870
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Video from BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7537047.stm

China launches high-speed train

week before the Olympic Games, China has launched its first super high-speed intercity rail route.

The 120-km (75-mile) line will shuttle athletes and spectators between Beijing and neighbouring Tianjin, where Olympic football matches will be held.

Trains will reach speeds of 350 km/h, cutting journey times between the cities from 70 to 30 minutes.

The railway is part of the new infrastructure that China has put in place for the Games.

Rail enthusiasts began queuing on Thursday for tickets for the train's inaugural run, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Twin ceremonies were held in Beijing and Tianjin on Friday, with the first trains set to depart shortly afterwards.

The high-tech trains, which feature swivel seats and smart interiors, can accommodate about 600 people.

Construction began on the new line in July 2005. It has cost a total of 21.5bn yuan ($3.1bn, £1.55bn), Railway Minister Wang Zhiguo said.

A first class ticket will cost 69 yuan ($10), while a second-class ticket is 58 yuan.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7536576.stm
What kinda trains is this? They look like ICE 3, but they are much wider inside.
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What kinda trains is this? They look like ICE 3, but they are much wider inside.

It's known as the CRH3 and is a wider bodied version of the Velaro/ICE3.

There's an article on this train in July's International Railway Journal

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/sb/irj0708/#/40:

Click on the page to read, click on bottom right to turn page.
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It's known as the CRH3 and is a wider bodied version of the Velaro/ICE3.

There's an article on this train in July's International Railway Journal

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/sb/irj0708/#/40:

Click on the page to read, click on bottom right to turn page.
Im a little confused about all these new HST lines and trains in China. So the CRH3 will run with 350km/h at the brand new 120 km long line from Beijiing, but will it also drive on other chinese railway lines?

I would appreciate a complete picture list of all HST trains in China, and a map of the lines where they drive now.
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Im a little confused about all these new HST lines and trains in China. So the CRH3 will run with 350km/h at the brand new 120 km long line from Beijiing, but will it also drive on other chinese railway lines?

I would appreciate a complete picture list of all HST trains in China, and a map of the lines where they drive now.
You could also try asking on the Mainland China, Infrastructure forum:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=804
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Whats the name of this train, and was it developed by china alone, or with help from other countries? Does it accelerate and brake automatically like japanese bullet trains, or does the driver have to control that?
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Whats the name of this train, and was it developed by china alone, or with help from other countries? Does it accelerate and brake automatically like japanese bullet trains, or does the driver have to control that?
This is the 300 km/h fast CRH2C and was build by the Chines builder "Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock" as an upgrade of the 250 km/h fast CRH2 that was build by "Kawasaki Heavy Industries" from Japan and Sifang. The upgrade was done by replacing two intermediate cars with powered cars, giving the trains a significant increase in power output.

But both versions of the CRH2 are based on the JR East Shinkansen E2. I don't know if these trains are automatic like in Japan, especially since they don't operate on a completely segregated system like the Shinkansen.
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I think the CRH and CRH2 are for Shanghai-Hangzhou, and CRH3 is for Beijing-Tianjin. I may be mistaken, but I would think the newest trains go on the newest lines.
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So is CRH3 the only train to operate at 350 km/h?

Is CRH2 the train where the seats can be turned around to face driving direction?
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So is CRH3 the only train to operate at 350 km/h?

Is CRH2 the train where the seats can be turned around to face driving direction?
Both CRH2C and CRH3 are running at 350kph.
Seats on all of CRH2 ,CRH2B,CRH2C and CRH3 can be turned to the driving direction
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New Qingdao railway station starts operation on August 1










(http://english.people.com.cn/90001/9...2/6461118.html)
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Why didn't I see that building when I visited Qingdao some weeks ago?
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