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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:27 PM   #921
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great locomotives, great development.

But why do they have to be so fu**** ugly?
freight train locos... nobody's gonna look at them unless they're are real fans. And most real fans will find them pleasing to the eye no matter how they look =-)))
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Old August 25th, 2008, 05:58 PM   #922
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Zhengzhou - Xi'an high speed rail

HLS Systems International Announces Signing of a $22 Million High Speed Railway Control Systems Contract

Wed Jul 16, 2008

BEIJING
HLS Systems International, Ltd. today announced that the Company, along with its partner
Ansaldo STS, has been awarded a contract by the People's Republic of
China (PRC) Ministry of Railways for the design, construction,
implementation, and maintenance of a new 300 kilometer per hour high
speed rail line. When completed, this rail line will span 459
kilometers, or approximately 285 miles, and link Zhengzhou in Henan
province and Xi'an in Shaanxi province.

The project was awarded to a consortium formed by HLS and Ansaldo
STS, a leading technology company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange
that operates in the global Railway and Mass Transit Transportation
Systems business. The total contract value amounts to RMB660 million,
or approximately US$97 million, with HLS' portion for the control
system amounting to RMB151 million, or approximately US$22 million.
HLS will begin recognizing revenues upon the commencement of the
project in the current quarter. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

Dr. Wang Changli, HLS' Chief Executive Officer commented, "The 300
kilometer per hour high speed train will be one of the fastest
passenger trains in China and we are very excited to announce that HLS
has been awarded the automation control system contract for this
prestigious project. We have been successful in implementing our
control systems in the current 200 kilometer per hour high speed rail
lines in China and this new contract for the more advanced 300
kilometer per hour rail line is a testament to our high quality system
design and performance.

HLS is one of only five companies authorized by China's Ministry
of Railways to provide automation control systems for its railway
systems, one of only three companies that have the capability to
provide control systems for high speed rail networks and one of only
two companies able to provide automation systems for trains with
speeds of 300 kilometers per hour or greater. Based on our track
record and close cooperation with the Ministry of Railways, we believe
that HLS is well positioned to receive additional contracts in this
300 kilometer per hour rail category."

HLS Systems International has become one of the leading automation
systems providers in the PRC, developing a number of core technologies
and completing numerous projects utilizing a wide array of automation
products.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #923
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Shanghai-Nanjing high speed rail

China Railway Group Units Win Share of Shanghai-Nanjing High-speed Rail Projects

7/8/2008

China Railway Group Ltd said four units have won a share in the construction of the new Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed rail line. The units are China Railway Erju Co Ltd, China Railway No.3 Engineering Group, China Railway No.4 Engineering Group and China Railway No.10 Engineering Group, Xinhua reports.

The company did not give a total contract value in a statement filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, but it noted that the four contract awards represent the equivalent of 3.82 pct of the company's operating revenue last year. China Railway Group booked operating revenue of 180.51 bln yuan under Chinese accounting standards in 2007.

In a separate statement filed by listed unit China Railway Erju to the Shanghai bourse, Erju disclosed that its contract is worth 2.55 bln yuan with a completion time of 533 days.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #924
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Some photos about China Railway Highspeed (CRH)

Beijing - Tainjin High Speed rail


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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:50 PM   #925
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Some photos about China Railway Highspeed (CRH)

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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #926
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344 km/h! I didn't know they were operating at such high speed in commercial use.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 03:32 AM   #927
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Work on city's high-speed rail lines moves at full steam

2008-8-28

HIGH-SPEED passenger rail lines are being built in Shanghai and three nearby provinces with investment on the new projects to reach 196.3 billion yuan (US$28.7 billion) this year, the Shanghai Railway Administration said yesterday.

SRA manages rail transport in Shanghai, neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces and part of nearby Anhui Province.

SRA officials said the national authority planned to start building 18 new rail lines in the region this year, most of which would be for passenger transport. The lines would be designed with improved capacity and speed.

Of the total budget for railway construction this year, about 181 billion yuan has been earmarked to set up new lines and about 15.3 billion yuan allocated to upgrade and extend existing lines.

Of the new projects, the Shanghai-Nanjing passenger express has been praised by authorities for its efficiency and capacity. The new train shuttles on the line are expected to arrive at stops at three-minute intervals between Shanghai and Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province.

Bullet trains traveling at 220 kilometers an hour will serve the new passenger line.

Officials said the last of the residents living on the railway route in Jiangsu Province would be relocated by the end of the month and their houses demolished. Construction of the railway began on July 1. It is scheduled to open for service before July 1, 2010.

The project of Shanghai-Beijing express line was also launched in July.

When completed in 2010, the high-speed line will reduce train travel between Shanghai and Beijing from 12 hours to five hours.

Railway officials said new projects in the region likely to start before the end of the year included the passenger line between Hangzhou and Ningbo, both in Zhejiang Province, a line between Nanjing and Hangzhou, and another line between Nanjing and Anqing in Anhui Province.

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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:58 PM   #928
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More photos about China Railway Highspeed (CRH)

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Old August 28th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #929
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Shanghai Maglev

From Shanghai Daily on 8/29:

Maglev link eyed to Lingang
Created: 2008-8-29
Author:Dong Hui


THE Shanghai magnetic-levitation train line will be extended south into Nanhui District from Pudong International Airport, according to an urban planning blueprint published on a government Website yesterday.

The high-speed line that powers trains on a bed of magnetic energy, will extend south from the airport to Lingang New City, then turn west and terminate in Fengxian District. The plan was disclosed by the Shanghai Urban Planning Administrative Bureau.

The Maglev track is part of a plan to integrate the newly developed Nanhui District with the shipping economy. Nanhui is about 27.5 kilometers from Yangshan Deep-Water Port, and the Maglev service will be a big help for residents and businesses located in the area.

Industries here will be able to tap advanced manufacturing and port logistics.

Lingang New City in Nanhui District is a township that stretches across 55.3 square kilometers and can accommodate 830,000 residents.

"The line extension will definitely be a boost for Lingang New City," said a Nanhui District official who declined to be named.

In addition to the new Maglev track, Metro Line 11 will lead directly to Lingang New City by 2012. Route planning for Metro Lines 2, 18 and 21 has also been done, according to Xu Ming with the urban planning bureau.

However, the Maglev extension plan is still in its nascent stage.

"Further studies are needed on the Maglev line," the planning document said.

An environmental impact study will have to be conducted and public opinion will be solicited.

According to the city's planning blueprint, the Maglev line will eventually link Shanghai's two airports with east Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, a connection that would cut commuting time between the two cities to 30 minutes.
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I have seen some recent comments indicating their dis-belief that Shanghai may extend the current Maglev system. The following from the Shanghai Daily on 11/22/08 makes me believe that eventually Shanghai will expand their Maglev system:

Green light for maglev factory in Shanghai
Updated:2007-11-22


Shanghai is planning to build a low-speed Maglev train-manufacturing factory in suburban Nanhui District. The factory, which will cover an area of 230,000 square meters, is designed to generate 60 Maglevs and 300 levitation frames each year.

Each train will have a maximum speed of about 100 kilometers per hour, compared with the Maglev that runs between Longyang Road and Pudong International Airport and hits 430kmh. Xu Jianguo, president of the Shanghai Electric Co Ltd, the train manufacturer, said the lower-speed models will be quieter and more eco-friendly. Preliminary scientific research has been completed and the firm will start construction of the train and frame-production plant with a fixed-asset investment of 310 million yuan (US$42 million).

The information came after the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference yesterday held a seminar about the planning of Lingang New City in Nanhui. The small city, close to the Yangshan Deep-Water Port, will cover a total area of 296.5 square kilometers and have an estimated population of 800,000 by 2020.

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Chinese HSR map

Is there any map over Chinese high-speed railways, like the one made for Europe?
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Old August 30th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #931
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@ANR Everyone whos into the topic knows that right now, there is aboslutely nothing going on concerning any kind of possible maglev extension.

They are only producing on press release after another, but not one single meter of maglev extension was built over the last 5 years (yes, its already 5 years, that the maglev in Shanghai is in operation---unbelievable.)

The first time, that an extension to Lingang was proposed was back in 2005.

I dont see any progress over the last years---especially compared to the size and speed that other projects in China are being realized. This shows that there is in fact no real political will.

Are there any maps showing the possible extension to Lingang btw?
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Old August 31st, 2008, 07:03 AM   #932
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It is wonderful to see top nutch bullet trains of both Europe and Japan next to each other. They look awsome..
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Old September 1st, 2008, 10:23 AM   #933
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China plans to beat own fastest train service record
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Reuters, Monday September 1 2008

BEIJING, Sept 1 (Reuters) - China plans to beat its own record for the world's fastest train service when a new link between Beijing and Shanghai opens by 2012, a state newspaper reported on Monday. The domestically developed train would run at 380 kpk (236 mph), slicing five or more hours off the current journey to just four hours, the official China Daily quoted Zhang Shuguang, the Ministry of Railways' deputy chief engineer, as saying.

China already claims the record for the fastest train service in the world, for the Beijing-Tianjin line, though there are trains in France which have higher operational speeds.

"We have mastered core technologies in terms of manufacturing high-speed trains and made innovative achievements in the process," he said.

"It is possible that we can start to manufacture 380-kph trains in two years' time, and put them into service on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway," Zhang added.

That line was expected to open in 2012, one year ahead of schedule, the newspaper said.

The new trains would also provide a stiff challenge to airlines, which put on dozens of 1-1/2-hour flights between the two cities a day.

China has invested billions of dollars upgrading its rail network, rolling out sleek new trains and extending the line even as far as the remote Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

A new express line from Beijing to its neighbouring city of Tianjin which opened last month in time for the Olympics reaches top speeds of 350 kmp. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard)
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Old September 1st, 2008, 11:50 AM   #934
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380 km/h vmax and a total travel time between Beijing and Shanghai of 4 hours (!)

Somehow this high-speed rail development in China starts scaring me (cant wait to ride it)
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Old September 1st, 2008, 08:24 PM   #935
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Not sure how we are getting a journey time of 4h at 380 km/h when the journey time was 5h at 350km/h, but if China can get to this speed in public service I wish them well.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 02:10 AM   #936
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Those pictures look great, I'm really impressed with the progress that China has made with high speed rail.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 12:27 PM   #937
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Full steam ahead for rail plan

2008-09-02


BEIJING, Sept. 2 -- The development of China's railway network will include the construction of 548 railway stations within the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-10), a senior official from the Ministry of Railways, said yesterday.

"Twenty-eight new stations have already been completed, 58 are under construction and 210 are in the design stage," Zheng Jian, the ministry's deputy chief engineer, told China Daily.

Last month, Beijing South - the largest in the country - and Tianjin railway stations opened for business at the two ends of a new high-speed intercity service, he said.

In the coming years, as more high-speed routes are added, the ministry plans to develop six passenger transport hubs - Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Xi'an and Chengdu - and 10 regional hubs, with local railway stations upgraded to deal with the increased numbers of travelers, he said.

But it is not only the hubs that are looking to upgrade their facilities, Zheng said.

In Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, for example, plans have been drawn up to build a station with 30 platforms, more than at Beijing South, he said.

Local governments have realized that their existing railway stations are too small to satisfy the demands brought about by rapid economic development, he said.

"Cities like Hangzhou and Nanjing know that being linked to the high-speed rail network will have a hugely positive impact on their economies, and that is why they want to build big stations, Zheng said.

"However, we will continue to stress that while the construction of large railway stations is fine, they must adhere to the basic principles of economy and not be overly lavish in their decoration," he said.

One Beijing woman said he was pleased to see all the new railway stations being built in the capital.

"Railway stations are no longer shabby or overcrowded like they used to be," commuter Zhang Tao said yesterday.

"They are more like airports," she said.

Under the Ministry of Railways' mid- to long-term plan, the nationwide, high-speed rail network will be extended to 12,000 km by 2020.

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Old September 9th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #938
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China's railway investment hits $19.6 bln in first 7 months

2008-09-08


BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's railway investment soared 37.5 percent from January to July. The numbers are attributed to a building boom of high-speed lines and the country's desire to link together poor regions.

The investment reached 133.78 billion yuan (19.6 billion U.S. dollars), the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said on Monday.

More people than ever are using railways. In the first 7 months of the year trains carried 855.3 million passengers, up 12.6 percent from the same period last year. Cargo volume was 1.94 billion tons, up 6.8 percent from a 2007.

The MOR had planned to invest 1.25 trillion yuan (182.6 billion U.S. dollars) in railway building and renovation through 2010 extending the train network by 17,000 kilometers.

China started construction on the 1,318-km-long Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway on April 18. The train is designed to run 350km per hour. The total project cost 220.9 billion yuan (32.3 billion U.S. dollars).

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Old September 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #939
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New highway-railway bridge sets world records

2008-09-10

The middle section of China's longest road and rail bridge is now complete. The Tianxingzhou Bridge, with it's combined four railroad tracks and six traffic lanes, crosses the Yangtze River in Wuhan, capital of the central Hubei province.

As the world's first bridge with four rail lines, the main span over water extends 504 meters, surpassing the Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, said general designer Gao Zongquan.

Built at a cost of 11 billion yuan ($1.61 billion), the 4,657-meter cable suspension bridge will open to traffic in the first half of next year after the completion of road surfacing and laying rail tracks.

Tianxingzhou Bridge has a designed load capacity of 20,000 tons, holding more weight than any other rail-road bridge in the world. Trains can pass over it at speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour, said Gao.

The bridge will be a key part of China's major rail transport network and will make Wuhan a leading railway transport hub following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Wuhan is the largest industrial city on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.

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