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Old December 14th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #1081
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Railway construction project in south China to link region

2008-12-14

NANNING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) --Work on a massive transportation project in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is underway.

Construction on four railroads got underway this October. Sunday, the Office for Railway Construction said work will begin on another 12 lines at the beginning of 2009.

Combined all 16 railroads will stretch 4,262 kilometers. Of that, 2,802 kilometers will be in Guangxi.

The estimated cost of the infrastructure project is placed at 196.2 billion yuan (about 28.85 billion U.S. dollars), said Li Hongqing, deputy chief of the regional office for railway construction.

"A modernized railway network will be in place by the year 2016,with Nanning, the regional capital of Guangxi, as the center," said Li. "The lines will link up to southwestern and central China, and to ASEAN member states."

Not only will there be more destinations for travelers it will also take them less time to get places.

A single journey from Nanning to Beijing will only take nine hours instead of the current 28 hours, according to Ma Biao, chairman of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional Government.

Inter-city train services will also help shorten travel time from the regional capital to three coastal cities on Beibu Gulf --Qinzhou, Beihai and Fangchenggang-- to all within one hour's journey, said Ma.

Currently, it takes one and a half hours for a single journey by train from Nanning to Qinzhou, or three hours from Nanning to Beihai. There is no direct train service from Nanning to Fangchenggang.

By 2007, there were only 2,750 kilometers of railway roads in service across Guangxi and 1,879 kilometers of freeways.

"The existing railroads were backward and fell far behind from meeting the growing demand in Guangxi, which has put our region at a disadvantageous position," said Chairman Ma.

Guangxi will invest more than 400 billion yuan (58 billion U.S. dollars) on transportation infrastructure over the next five years, Ma said at a specially convened press conference held in Beijing early this month.

Industry observers say the transportation construction boom will help Guangxi improve its potential appeal and win over more investors.

Guangxi Autonomous Regional Office for Railway Construction is a new agency created late last month under the regional government to oversee railway construction work.

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, one of China's five minority autonomous regions, borders Vietnam.

It was founded on Dec. 11, 1958 and has 12 ethnic groups. The total population in Guangxi by the end of 2007 was more than 50 million, a third are of the Zhuang ethnic minority.

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Old December 15th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #1082
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S. China region, Vietnam to start regular rail service in January

NANNING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Passenger trains between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Vietnam will have regular daily service starting on January 1, China's railway authorities said on Thursday.

The train will leave Nanning, Guangxi's capital, at 6:15 p.m. and arrive in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, at 7 a.m. the next day. There will also be a train departing Hanoi at 8:30 p.m.. It reaches Nanning at 10:05 a.m. the next day.

The trains, which run daily, are operated by the Nanning Railway Bureau, said Chen Boshi, the bureau's director.

Chen said a regular passenger route would alleviate high demand from Vietnam's businessmen, laborers and students in Guangxi.

Currently, temporary passenger rail service from Nanning to Hanoi only runs on Tuesday and Saturday.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #1083
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The China Railways CRH5 is an electric multiple unit high-speed train in use by China Railway High-speed. China Railways has contracted Alstom to assemble 60 sets, which are based on Pendolino trains used in Finland. The CRH5 are non-tilting trains.





If you ask me. The CRH5 are the best looking family of trains in the entire ranks of high-speed trains in China.

Too bad they had such so many problems during its rough start. I really expected Alstom to put more efforts into building their trains. Especially for a customer such as China, which carry potentials of endless follow-on orders.

Bombardier got a huge follow-on order already, Hitachi is in an even better position than Bombardier and even Siemens, which completely pissed the Chinese off during the first round bid process have secured some orders in their 300km/h class of trains. To date, I haven't heard of any large follow-on orders being placed for Alstoms, have anyone else?
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Old December 16th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #1084
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Yeah.. Alstom is the worst one among those four as far as i have red.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 02:45 PM   #1085
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Insane guangzhou new railwaystation model(currently U/C)



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Old December 16th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #1086
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some interesting stuff

1.shanghai hongqiao hub(上海虹桥站)

2.new guangzhou railway station(新广州站)

3.hangzhou east railway station(杭州东站)

4.nanjing south railway station(南京南站)

5.wuhan new railway station(武汉站)
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Old December 16th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #1087
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6.xuzhou new railway station(新徐州站)

7.zhengzhou new railway station(郑州东站)


there are dozens to come
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Old December 16th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #1088
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model looks fantastic!
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Old December 17th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #1089
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Great maps too. China's railway infrastructure will be fantastic in a not too distant future!
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Old December 17th, 2008, 12:17 PM   #1090
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Beijing-Hangzhou Sleeper HSR debut on Dec 21 '08

Duration: 11 hours 22 minutes
Max speed: 250km/h
Sleeper one-way price: 730 - 840 Yuan









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Old December 21st, 2008, 03:43 PM   #1091
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Get your head down for a trip to Beijing
17 December 2008
Shanghai Daily

The express trains offering sleepers will not only run faster than normal express trains between Shanghai and Beijing but ensure a more comfortable ride because of their improved design, the Shanghai railway administration said yesterday.

The country's first bullet trains to offer sleeping compartments will come into service on Sunday between Shanghai and Beijing and between Beijing and Hangzhou in neighboring Zhejiang Province. A trip from Shanghai to Beijing will take 9 hours and 59 minutes, 1 hour and 29 minutes shorter than the previous fastest non-stop express.

The new trains will each have 16 carriages with a total capacity of 630 passengers.

Thirteen of the carriages will offer sleeping berths for 520 passengers, while the other two carriages will provide normal seating for 110 people.

Each sleeper carriage will have 10 separate compartments.

One carriage will be used as a restaurant and pub.

Touch control panels and reading lamps are installed at each berth and each sleeper will also have an LCD TV installed with passengers able to use headphones to watch TV without disturbing others.

Sockets on all carriages allow recharging of electronic appliances while mothers will find a baby-care table in each of the toilets on board.

There will be service-call buttons available inside the toilets and each sleeper compartment.

Two trains, the D306 and D302, will leave Shanghai for Beijing every day starting on Sunday at 9:41pm and 9:46pm. Their counterpart trains, the D301 and D305, head for Shanghai from Beijing at 9:39pm and 9:44pm daily, officials said.

The trains will be less noisy and run much more smoothly than previous trains, the railway officials said.

An upper berth costs 655 yuan and a lower sleeper 730 yuan for a single journey, said the railway operators.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 12:08 AM   #1092
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250 km/h is not true HSR. Speeds of at least 300 km/h are needed, especially on a trip from Beijing to Shanghai. 9 1/2 hours is too long.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 02:58 AM   #1093
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China to spend $731b on railways by 2020

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Updated: 2008-12-21

China will spend 5 trillion yuan ($730.6 billion) until 2020 to add 41,000 km (25,480 miles) to its already big rail network, state media said, as the government tries to boost domestic demand and ease strains on a jammed system.

The latest edition of Outlook Weekly, published by Xinhua news agency, cited Deputy Railway Minister Lu Dongfu as saying the new railways would help promote economic growth, ease transport bottlenecks and provide at least six million jobs. It did not say how much of the investment was new, and how much had already been approved by the central government, although some of the projects have already begun, such as a high-speed link from Beijing to the commercial capital Shanghai. "Over the next two years these projects will satisfy urgent transport needs, ease bottlenecks on the railways, promote regional economic development and economic growth," Outlook Weekly paraphrased Lu as saying.

New railways would be built linking major cities, and others would be dedicated to transporting coal in inland provinces and regions including Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi, the report said. Last month China announced a sweeping 4 trillion yuan economic stimulus package of spending over the next two years, with a large portion of the funds targeting infrastructure projects such as roads and railways. Beijing wants to boost domestic demand to help offset a slowdown in key export markets in Europe and North America, hoping to generate enough jobs to keep a lid on labour unrest and social instability.

While China has an extensive and increasingly efficient rail network, it is still beset by problems, and many parts of the country have poor or non-existent connections. Every year during the Lunar New Year, millions of Chinese pack the railways to go home, many standing for hours as seats are so hard to get hold of. Even at normal times it can be hard to obtain a ticket.

The railways are also important haulers of freight and energy supplies such as coal around the country, but sheer volume of traffic can lead to delays and slow delivery. The government has been spending billions of dollars on transport over the past few decades, and hopes to improve access especially to China's vast and underdeveloped inland regions.

"Once the railways are open, conditions will improve and more trains will be able to run, leading to lower transport costs, shorter travel times for passengers and freight and other direct economic benefits," the report quoted railway planning chief Yang Zhongmin as saying. "It will also ease communication restrictions, improve the investment environment and have an enormous effect on industrial development," Yang added.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 03:02 AM   #1094
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China Railway Construction Wins $3.6 Billion New-Line Contract

From China Daily on 12/23/08:

China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC), a major railway builder in China, has won contracts worth 24.97 billion yuan ($3.65 billion) for rail construction projects in southern China through its six subsidiaries, the company said in a stock exchange filing on Dec 23.

The value of the contracts is equivalent to 14.07 percent of the company's 2007 sales under domestic accounting standards.

Included in the contracts is the new railway from Guiyang, capital city of Southwest China's Guizhou province, to Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province, which is among China's massive stimulus package to develop infrastructures.

China Railway Group, the country's largest railway and highway builder, said its subsidiaries had won 7.91 billion yuan in rail construction contracts, equivalent to 4.38 percent of its 2007 sales.

Another construction contractor, China Railway Erju Co Ltd, won contracts worth 5.36 billion yuan.

China will spend 5 trillion yuan by 2020 to add another 41,000 km to its rail network, Xinhua news agency reported over the weekend.

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Old December 23rd, 2008, 03:25 AM   #1095
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250 km/h is not true HSR. Speeds of at least 300 km/h are needed, especially on a trip from Beijing to Shanghai. 9 1/2 hours is too long.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 06:19 AM   #1096
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The CRH3 Highspeed Trains

The CRH3 is now a high-speed train used on the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed rail line in China. It is capable of service speed of 350 km/h.

The first three were built in Germany by Siemens, and the rest are being built partly by Tangshan Railway Vehicle and in Germany.

On July 27, 2006, the joint project office was opened at Tangshan, Hebei Province. Of the German trains, the first one was shipped from Bremerhaven on December 19, 2007. The first Chinese-built CRH3 was unveiled on April 11, 2008.

















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Old December 23rd, 2008, 03:29 PM   #1097
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I really like the look of these trains. Take note Australian Government.
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A feasibility study is underway for a new high-speed rail line between Shanghai and Kunming, construction of which is expected to begin in 2009, according to Kunming media reports.

The new rail line, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015 – around the same time that the rail network linking Kunming and Singapore is hoped to be completed – will shorten the travel time between Shanghai and Kunming from 37 hours to less than nine hours.

The Shanghai-Kunming passenger line (沪昆客运专线) will connect Shanghai and Kunming via the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan, passing through the major cities of Hangzhou, Nanchang and Changsha. Its target speed is reportedly 350 km/hr – compare to France's TGV and Japan's Shinkansen aka 'Bullet Train' which currently operate at 320 and 300 km/hr, respectively.

The cross-country line is part of a nationwide rail upgrade that has allocated 500 million yuan (US$73.2 million) in funds for Yunnan province alone.

According to China Rail Ministry plans, Yunnan will not only be on the receiving end of improved rail connectivity with central and eastern China over the next six to seven years, it will also improve its regional and internal rail network. Kunming Rail Ministry officials told local media that the following projects have also been approved:


• Lijiang to Shangri-la (Zhongdian): schedule yet to be made public

• Yunnan to Guilin – construction to start next year and finish in 2015

• A rail line around Dianchi Lake: scheduled for completion in 2010

• Guangtong to Dali: schedule yet to be made public

• Kunming to Yuxi: construction to start next year and finish in 2015
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 07:55 PM   #1099
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The Chinese government gets it when it comes to the connection between infrastructure investment and economic growth and prosperity.

I get so excited reading about all of the new rail construction in CHina!
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Old December 24th, 2008, 12:25 AM   #1100
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250 km/h is not true HSR. Speeds of at least 300 km/h are needed, especially on a trip from Beijing to Shanghai. 9 1/2 hours is too long.

9,5 hours is perfect - consider that it is an overnight-train. Boarding at 2230, going to bed at 2300, sleeping 8 hrs till 0700, arrival at 0800 - what can be better?
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