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Old November 29th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #1921
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Wuhan-Guangzhou Express (350km/h; 989km) is supposed to open for business in a week.

Does anyone have confirmation?

Is it me or does almost no one in China seem to give a shit about the high speed rail network? The media coverage is so low. Talk to anyone and they are clueless about the subject. People are just spoiled by good infrastructure falling out of the sky.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #1922
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I can see the smaller stations being revived once the high speed rail system is built. There will be plenty of spare capacity for freight and regional trains on the old lines.
Youzhou Railway Station, on Fengsha Railway, just on the border of Beijing municipality and Hebei province, is being demolished. The station was built in 1954.

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Old November 30th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #1923
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Those pictures remind me of the interior of British Columbia, Canada.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:33 PM   #1924
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Wuhan-Guangzhou High-Speed Rail near Changsha South Station

during trial run
direction: up (northbound)

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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:35 PM   #1925
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 06:52 AM   #1926
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It's damn fast!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 07:03 AM   #1927
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Which train was it? So far from what I understood it will be both CRH3 (Siemens Velaro) and CRH2 (E2 Shinkansen) which will run between Wuhan and Guangzhou?
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 07:33 AM   #1928
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Passing through a station at full speed...AWESOME.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 02:00 PM   #1929
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the station has not yet in use.
Very cool video, thanks for sharing.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 02:40 PM   #1930
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the station has not yet in use.
Very cool video, thanks for sharing.
true, but if you look at pictures, most of these stations have a middle lane
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 10:26 PM   #1931
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I hope so, these are vital to trainspotting--I mean, express trains so that they don't have to slow down, yeah!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 06:36 PM   #1932
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Datong-Xi'an Passenger Dedicated Line

Construction work of the Daxi Passenger Dedicated Line begins today.

http://ccnews.people.com.cn/GB/10503841.html

Rail length: 859 km long
Top speed: 250 km/h
29 stations (18 existing stations and 11 new stations)
CNą 96.33 billion
4.5 years (2014)

Current rail travel time from Datong and Xi'an: 16 hours 25 minutes
This line will cut the rail travel time between the two cities to ~3 hours

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Old December 5th, 2009, 01:29 AM   #1933
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China's container rail network on the fast track

Hong Kong: China's container rail network is to take a major step forward next year, eventually linking via Russia with the European rail grid, according to an official of one of its main backers, reports the South China Morning Post. The network could have 18 stations operational by 2012, an official of NWS Holdings, the infrastructure arm of New World Development, has said.

The mainland container rail network is operated by China United International Rail Containers (CUIRC), a joint venture between the Ministry of Railways (34%), NWS Holdings (22%) and other minority stakeholders that include shipping lines CMA CGM and Zim, as well as German state rail firm Deutsche Bahn (8% each).

Currently only one mainland rail station is operational, in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. But next year, container train stations will start operations in seven other cities - Chongqing, Chengdu, Xian, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Qingdao and Dalian.

Thereafter 10 more stations are planned by 2012 - in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, Shenyang, Harbin, Lanzhou and Urumqi.

At present around 3m containers are carried by rail in China each year, but that volume is expected to triple by 2012. On the one hand the network will link inland cities with China's sea ports, but a planned evolution is to open up an overland rail link to Europe. Such a service might carry up to 400,000teu a year, a research study for CUIRC carried out by consultants Macquarie found. Despatching a container from China to Europe by rail might take 21 days, compared to nearer 32 by sea, the study also suggested. [03/12/09]
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Old December 5th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #1934
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great - great stuff

i wonder how much they can bring down the time of container trains
as i understand, today they still only average 20-30 kph from china to germany
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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #1935
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Opening date for Wuhan-Guangzhou Line postponed to December 27

http://news.changsha.cn/cs/2/200912/...05_1042328.htm
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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #1936
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great - great stuff

i wonder how much they can bring down the time of container trains
as i understand, today they still only average 20-30 kph from china to germany
The other question is 'how will the differences in railroad technical standards (mainly track gauge) be handled along the way?'.

Will they be using equipment with switch-on-the-fly multi-gauge wheelsets?

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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:28 PM   #1937
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The other question is 'how will the differences in railroad technical standards (mainly track gauge) be handled along the way?'.

Will they be using equipment with switch-on-the-fly multi-gauge wheelsets?

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no, that is highly unlikely

i think what should happen is standardized and 100% computer controlled containers and cranes

two trains pull up next to each other and the laser/computer guided crane liftes the containers from one to the other in a couple of minutes

only 2 such terminals are needed
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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #1938
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Old December 6th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #1939
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The U.S. sucks. It is a country whose political system is designed to avoid tackling crucial issues like shitty infrastructure in a timely manner.

Getting any substantial amount of money from Congress for anything other than the military or tax cuts is like pulling teeth.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #1940
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great - great stuff

i wonder how much they can bring down the time of container trains
as i understand, today they still only average 20-30 kph from china to germany
Yeah. Freight manages an average of the 60.7km/h on the 942km Hangzhou-Changsha mainline, so they should be able to improve on that.
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