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* Brown: completed, yet to open
* Red: under construction
* Orange: proposed
* Green: in study

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The browns seem to be Dalian-Harbin, Beijing-Shanghai, Guangzhou-Futian, but also Lanzhou-Xining.

Notably, Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou-Wuhan, Hangzhou-Ningbo and Xiamen-Longhua are red, not brown.

What is the progress of the new, apparently slow speed Lanzhou-Xining railway?
 

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* Black: Pre-existing lines
* Blue: recently opened (since 2007)
* Brown: completed, yet to open
* Red: under construction
* Orange: proposed
* Green: in study

Current as of 2011-05-20
wow that is good, hopefully MoR will throw in some regional rail and commuter rail in large cities that will rival JR or RER. Cause metro and HSR can't suit every situation and commuter/traveler. I'm not a big fan of Beijing's S2 line and the Guangzhu MRT is total overkill in many situations.
 

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Rail linking Europe expected to open up China's less-developed West

English.news.cn 2011-07-02 00:15:35

CHONGQING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A cargo train filled with laptops and LCD screens has left Chongqing, a mega-city in China's less-developed western regions, starting its 13-day trip to Duisburg, Germany, which marks the official launch of the new transcontinental rail freight route.

The new rail route witnessed its official opening on Thursday night, after three test runs since March last year.

Clattering out of the station at about 9 p.m., the cargo train is set to travel 11,179 kilometers across the far western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, before finally reaching Germany.

The route offers a major shortcut to the more traditional sea trade routes from Shanghai and Guangzhou, cutting travel time to Europe from about 36 days by container ship to just 13 days by freight train, said Huang Qifan, mayor of the inland business hub.

Huang said that the train is also safer and less expensive than sea transport.

Though the rails have been there for over ten years, the route is new as no train services linking Chongqing and Europe have been provided before due to complicated customs checks and cargo transfers, according to Ma Zhongyuan, director of Chongqing customs.

Last year, China signed a strategic agreement with Russia and Kazakhstan to open the new freight route, as the country is trying to build the inland labor-rich municipality into an international high-tech hub, especially for laptops.

Foxconn, the world's biggest contract electronics supplier, Acer, Taiwan's leading computer maker, and Hewlett-Packard(HP) are already in place in Chongqing to produce laptops.

In the first five months this year, Chongqing sold 2.43 million laptop computers abroad. The exports were valued at 840 million U.S. dollars, accounting for 20 percent of the city's total export value.

The city's export of new- and high-tech products totaled 14.26 billion in the period, up 182.5 percent year-on-year.

Officials believe the shorter transport time to Europe by railway will make made-in Chongqing notebook computers more competitive.

Last month, a new cargo air route also became available between Chongqing and the European cities of Moscow and Luxembourg.

The province-sized city is already a major transport center at the junction of China's prosperous East and poorer West, as cargo can be sent out of Chongqing along the Yangtze River, the country's longest waterway,via air and railway.

The new rail route will be used to link south China's Pearl River Delta manufacturing hub and the country's southwest industrial belt with Europe, officials said.

Just last mouth, a rail route connecting Chongqing and a port in the southern manufacturing hub of Shenzhen went into operation.

The transcontinental track will also boost trade between southeast Asia and the Europe, as railways have already linked Chongqing with the southwestern border province of Yunnan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said Cai Jin, vice president of the China Logistics and Purchasing Association.

Currently, the train only leaves Chongqing for Duisburg once a month, but train services may be increased to once per day in the future as the city's exports to Europe increase, according to Huang.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-07/02/c_13961415.htm


Freight rail across Eurasia cuts travel time for trading goods between China, Europe

English.news.cn 2011-05-10 20:11:29

CHONGQING, May 10 (Xinhua) -- A new freight rail has started operating across Eurasia, linking the southwest Chinese economic hub of Chongqing with the Port of Antwerp in Belgium and cutting the travel time for goods traded between China and Europe in half, officials said Tuesday.

The 11,179 kilometers of rail, running through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany, was first used on March 19. Transporting goods from Chongqing to Antwerp on this route takes about 16 days, or half the time required for the goods to be transported by sea, Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan told reporters.

Huang said the freight rail is also safer and less expensive than sea transport, which has been the dominating method for processing trade between China and European countries.

The rail supplements the 10,800-kilometer-long Eurasian Land Bridge to the north and will be mainly used to link south China's Pearl Delta manufacturing hub and the country's southwest industrial belt with Europe, officials said.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/business/2011-05/10/c_13868260.htm
 

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The English version of this post on the last page :

New railway links major Silk Road towns in Xinjiang
09:03, June 29, 2011
Xinhua

A passenger train began its maiden run Tuesday along the newly-opened railway linking Kashgar and Hotan, two major Silk Road towns in northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Passenger train 5828 travels daily from Hotan in southern Xinjiang to Kashgar in the far west before steering to a link to the regional capital Urumqi, the Urumqi Railways Bureau said at a press release.

The 2,073-km train trip between Hotan and Urumqi takes about 34-37 hours, according to railway officials.

The Hotan-Kashgar section of the railway, with a cost of about 5 billion yuan (772.5 million U.S. dollars), runs 488 km through the southern part of Xinjiang, an important section of the ancient Silk Road, they said.

Construction of the railway began in December 2008 and took two years. Cargo transport began at the end of last year.

The Hotan-Kashgar railway is expected to transport 15 million tonnes of cargo annually and carry 10 passenger trains a day, a railway document said.

Railway authorities said the new railway will bolster Xinjiang' s mining industry, tourism and agriculture.

The Ministry of Railways estimates Xinjiang's rail network will be extended to 12,000 km by 2020, with more than 8,000 km of new railways to be built in the coming decade, an investment of 310 billion yuan.
 

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New railway links major Silk Road towns in Xinjiang
09:03, June 29, 2011
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The 2,073-km train trip between Hotan and Urumqi takes about 34-37 hours, according to railway officials.

The Hotan-Kashgar section of the railway, with a cost of about 5 billion yuan (772.5 million U.S. dollars), runs 488 km through the southern part of Xinjiang, an important section of the ancient Silk Road, they said.

Construction of the railway began in December 2008 and took two years. Cargo transport began at the end of last year.

The Hotan-Kashgar railway is expected to transport 15 million tonnes of cargo annually and carry 10 passenger trains a day, a railway document said.

Railway authorities said the new railway will bolster Xinjiang' s mining industry, tourism and agriculture.

The Ministry of Railways estimates Xinjiang's rail network will be extended to 12,000 km by 2020, with more than 8,000 km of new railways to be built in the coming decade, an investment of 310 billion yuan.
How much of these 8000 km shall be high speed?

Which railways shall be built out of Xinjiang?
Xinjiang-Qinghai?
Xinjiang-Tibet?
Xinjiang-Pakistan?
Xinjiang-Afghanistan?
Xinjiang-Tajikistan?
Xinjiang-Kyrgyzstan?
 

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China: Express train 'derails' in Zhejiang province
An express train has derailed in eastern China, the country's official news agency Xinhua says.

Two of the train's coaches fell off a bridge after derailing in Zhejiang province, local fire fighting sources were quoted as saying. It is not known if there any casualties.

The train was travelling from Hangzhou to Wenzhou when it went off the rails at about 2030 (1230 GMT).

China is spending billions on constructing a high-speed rail network.

Xinhua said the train derailed at Shuangyu town in Wenzhou, and rescue workers were on their way to the scene.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14262276
 

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@HTV新闻60分:#脱轨事故#目前上海路局已派人达到现场,根据现场一手消息:上海铁路局有关人员已经到达现场,脱轨原因是动车遭到雷击后失去动力停车,造成追尾。

The Local HTV News 60 Mins says the reason for train derailment is that the former train D3115 lost power and communication after struck by lightning in the thundershower and then parked on the bridge for the repair, only to be rear ended by the latter train D301 on the same track.

 
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