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Old February 3rd, 2016, 07:23 AM   #421
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Incheon Maglev | news clip


Incheon Maglev | news clip


Incheon Maglev | driving video | from incheon airport to yongyu


Incheon Maglev | driving video | from youngyu airport to incheon airport
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 10:04 AM   #422
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Construction status update of the Suseo KTX station, scheduled for completion in late June (and opening of the line in August) :



http://blog.naver.com/hun2014102/220622816607

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Old March 14th, 2016, 05:49 PM   #423
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Old March 31st, 2016, 07:54 AM   #424
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Aerial photo of Suseo station taken 2 days ago. It's funny how the station has a small footprint (if you compare it to Seoul Station or Yongsan Station). The main reason is that most of the station, and the vast majority of the line itself, will be underground.

Also, the land next to the station on the picture will be developed (residential, industrial...), further linking Seoul and Seongnam



http://blog.naver.com/lega2014/220668401428

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Old March 31st, 2016, 05:55 PM   #425
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Doesn't seem very fast for a Maglev... Why did they choose a Maglev or a Monorail or LRT?
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Doesn't seem very fast for a Maglev... Why did they choose a Maglev or a Monorail or LRT?
It's a version intended for urban transport, like the Linimo in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Likely intended as proof of concept for marketing reasons.
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Old April 6th, 2016, 12:03 PM   #429
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News from the HEMU-430X (3rd Generation KTX)

Up to the end of last year, HEMU has accumulated 120 000km of test trials without accidents.

Korail plans to keep testing and improving the train for the next 4 to 5 years before commercializing it in Korea around 220.

HEMU has a top speed of 430 kph, (only 330 for the previous iterations of KTX), and its operating speed will be 370 kph (300 for current KTX). The should cut the Seoul-Busan journey to around 90 minutes, while it's over 2 hours now. HEMU will carry 100 more people than KTX Sancheon, and its acceleration / braking abilities will be much better as well (important since stops are frequent on KTX lines, so accel/decel is as important as top speed, if not more).

The technology is developed integrally in South Korea, mainly by Hyundai Rotem. Hemu doesn't only target the domestic market, but is also a proof of concept for Hyundai Rotem to offer it to other countries.

Here are some photos from the test trial they had this morning with journalists (also, journalists reported that the whole ride was quite rocky with lots of vibrations, which people running the train were aware. They replied that it would all be resolved by 2020) :





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Update on the construction of the Suseo Station. The KTX line is scheduled to open in August






http://blog.naver.com/bigstar102/220679086732

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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:20 AM   #431
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Suseo KTX Station

The line is scheduled to open in November or December




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Doubling of the Gyeongbu KTX line between Pyeongtaek and Osong

When the high-speed rail line opened between Seoul in Pyeongtaek, the line was able to handle all the traffic, and the full separation of the regular and HSR line in Daegu and Daejeon (last year) has improved the situation further. However, new branches / lines have opened since, most notably the Honam KTX Line, but also the Jeolla Line (the Yeosu), the Gyeongjeon line (to Jinju) and Donghae line (to Pohang). And starting from december, what maybe the most important extension beyond the Jeolla line will open : the Suseo HSR to South East Seoul. This addition of lines will create a bottleneck at the section where all the line will meet, between Pyeongtaek and Osong (see the 2nd map).

With KTX, but also regular ITX or Mugunwha service, the line will be overloaded, especially because of slower trains that hold up traffic. On this 46.5km section, once the Suseo line opens, some trains will have to run at only 170kph instead of the full 300. The line can service only 145 trains a day, and the opening of the new line will bring the total of daily trains to 150. Travelling to 170kph isn't the end of the world, especially since it's a fairly short section and many trains stop at either Cheonan or Osong and don't go full speed anyway, but this bottleneck would prevent development of new direct KTX service to Suwon Station or Incheon Station (I probably mentioned these projects in previous posts).

So part of the reason is the limitation of the speed on a portion of the line, but the bigger reason is the ability to deliver additional service to Incheon / Suwon directly (or other places in the future).

So, the KTX lines will be doubled between Pyeongtaek and Osong (from 2 to 4), allowing the the number of daily trains would go from 150 to a full 290, more than enough for current and future needs).

Construction is scheduled to start next year and everything should be completed by 2023.





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Old July 11th, 2016, 08:45 AM   #433
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I mentioned previously about the project of bringing the KTX to Incheon Station,

Big news from yesterday, as the project has been greenlit. A 3.5km connection will be built between the Suin Line and the Gyeongbu HSR.

Construction will begin in 2018 and be completed in 2021.

Travel times to Busan will be reduced from 3h28 to 2h40 (48 minute gain), and travel times to Gwangju will be reduced from 2h48 to 1h55 (53 minute gain).

http://news.joins.com/article/20288162

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Plans to bring the Gyeongbu HSR line to Incheon Station through Suin Line by 2019

I just read about plans to bring the KTX (and train service overall...) to Incheon. Of course, there's already the KTX on the AREX Line, but Geoman station hasn't been used much by Incheon residents, because it requires them to go all the way North to Geoman, then enter Seoul and stopping at Seoul Station (if not Yongsan). Which makes going straight to Seoul or Gwangmyeong (by Subway Line 1) to take the KTX a better option for most Incheon residents.

The new plan will use the Suin Line : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suin_Line

Right now, the Suin line has two strategic and nodal termini : Buttf**k Nowhere (aka. Oido Station) and S**thole Station (aka Songdo station, which isn't even located in the new Songdo). However, as you all know, this is about to change. By December, the line will extend to Incheon Station. It still won't change the shape of the Earth, because the line will only go to Oido through Sinheung and Ansan. That is until 2017, as the line should finally extend to Suwon (hence the Su(won)-In(Cheon) name), and eventually merge with the Bundang line, all the way up to Seoul.

There have been plans this last year, and further confirmed this July, to use this line to bring the KTX to Incheon.

http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=2889909

http://enews.incheon.go.kr/main/php/...&section_sub=7

Here's an other video of the project with a nice map (at 1:12) of the project to explain it all


The KTX wouldn't actually use the entire Suin Line and not go all the way to Suwon (which doesn't have an HSR line, although it has KTX service on a conventional line). A 2.4km connection would be built between the Suin Line and the Gyeongbu HSR line a few kilometers west of Suwon.

On the map, the blue line is the future completed Suin Line, the green line is the Gyeongbu HSR line, and the orange line is the conventional rail line with KTX service in Suwon
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Old July 14th, 2016, 02:03 PM   #434
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Chuncheon – Sokcho line approved
14 Jul 2016



SOUTH KOREA: The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport announced on July 11 government approval for the construction of a 94 km railway between Chuncheon and Sokcho in the northeastern province of Gangwon.

Work is expected to begin in the second half of 2017 and take around eight years. The line is to be designed for speeds of up to 250 km/h and will have intermediate stations at Hwacheon, Yanggu and Inje. It forms an end-on extension of the 64 km Seoul – Chuncheon Gyongwon Line, which was electrified and rebuilt for 180 km/h operation in 2010. Through journey time from Seoul to Sokopcho on the east coast would be around 1¼ h, compared to the current 2½ h by bus

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Old July 15th, 2016, 01:47 PM   #435
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I'm sure that'll be another application of the new EMU-250 trainset, as well. Good to see rail development continuing apace all over the South. It seems strange, however, to include Inje along this route, considering that having only Hwacheon and Yanggu would allow a less-curvy approach to Sokcho from the north without necessitating the potential disturbance of Seoraksan National Park.

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Opening of a new section on the Gyeongjeon Line

Here is the full recap from Kojects

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New Section of Gyeongjeon Line Cuts Travel Time



Travelling between Gyeongsang and Jeolla provinces became slightly faster yesterday with the opening of a newly realigned section of the Gyeongjeon Line from Jinju to Gwangyang.

The new 51.5km double-tracked route cuts travel time between Gwangyang and Jinju by half an hour from 73 minutes to 42 minutes. Trains will be able to travel at higher speeds of up to 150 km/h, and the new section also completes a 158km section of continuous double-track from Samnangjin to Suncheon. Residents, commercial operators and the local economy can all expect to see benefits, with up to 157 services able to operate on the route per day — an increase from its previous capacity of 36 per day.

As with most realignments we’ve seen over the years, the number of stations has been reduced from 12 to five stations. Stations on the new section are Jinju, Wansa, Bukcheon, Hwangcehon, Hadong, Jinsang and Gwangyang. Construction on the upgrade began in 2006 and helped boost the local economy with over a million workers involved in the project.



Taking a train between Gyeongsang and Jeolla provinces has never been easy or fast, and for a long time nearly the entire connection was a single-track, non-electrified line which wound its way around the countryside. Even with the new section, a train across the southern tip of the country from Bujeon to Mokpo takes over 6 and a half hours, and travelling between major cities in the provinces isn’t an attractive option unless you’re happy spending your whole day on the train.

Nevertheless, Korail has gradually been realigning and upgrading the line in separate phases, with Samnangjin – Masan, Masan – Jinju, and Gwangyang – Dongsuncheon all upgraded in recent years. Future sections to be upgraded include Boseong to Imseong-ri and Bujeon to Masan, both scheduled for 2020. This should also coincide with Korail’s order of 30 EMU-250 trains for the Gyeongjeon Line by 2020.

While it’s always a shame to see old tracks get shutdown, Hadong County confirmed last Wednesday that it will be converting several sections of the closed track into leisure areas for the public. 18.1km of track will be turned into a rail-bike facility and is expected to open in time for spring festivals next year. Plans include a ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ train which will be used to transport railbike customers between Hadong and Hoecheon stations. In addition to this, by 2018 the area from Hadong Station to Seomjin Rail Bridge will be transformed into a park with walking tracks, bike paths, exercise equipment, a lookout and a cafe.
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Suseo KTX Station

Almost completed






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Opening of the Gyeonggang Line (Pangyo-Yeoju section)

A new 54.8km, 11-station subway line (actually more of a commuter line) has opened on September 24th. It's the Gyeonggang Line. The full completed line should reach all the way from Incheon to Gangneung in the East Sea / Sea of Japan. We'llprobably get some different kind of service on different parts of the line, so it won't all be a subway line in the end.

There are 5 parts to this future "Gyeonggang Line":
- Incheon-Wolgot : Already built, but as part of the Suin Line. This part is not always considerd part of the Gyonggang Line
- Wolgot-Pangyo Line : Subway line reaching from Wolgot on the Suin Line to Pangyo on the Shinbundang line. The line would begin construction in 2019, and share some tracks with the New Ansan (or Shinansan), also in its planning stage
- Pangyo-Yeoju Line : Which opened yesterday. Also, in a semi related project, the Center Inland Line (no subway service line) is currently being built form Bubal station (on the Pangyo-Yoeju Line) to Chungju and then Mungyeong. So in the future, the Pangyo-Yeoju line will be part of the Center Inland Line as passengers from Chungju (2019) and Mungyeong (2021 I believe) will be able to go straight to Pangyo without having to change trains.
- Yeoju-Wonju : A small segment that is still fairly early in its planning with a 2024 completion target.
- Wonju-Gangneung Line : This line will see KTX service at up the 250kph. The line is set to open in late 2017 ahead of the 2018 winter Olympics

Here is a map with the different part of the project:


https://namu.wiki/w/%ED%8C%8C%EC%9D%BC:4X14xy0.jpg


As for the line that opened yesterday, the Pangyo-Yeoju line, it is considered a subway line at the moment with subway service.

It brings subway service for the first time to the cities of Gwangju, Icheon and Yeoju, and in addition to the Pangyo Station (Shinbundang Line), has an extra transfer station at Imae Station (Bundang Line)



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Old September 26th, 2016, 02:48 AM   #439
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Ever-steady progress towards the goal of making all of South Korea a suburb of Seoul. Very good!
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