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  • South Korea Railroad Map


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  • Total Length : 3399.1 km (as of 2007)

    single track : 1,995.6 km
    double track : 1,283.9 km
    four track : 106.0 km
    six track : 13.6 km

    Track Electrified : 1,817.8 km

  • Number of Rolling Stock (as of 2007)

    High-Speed Electric Rail Car : 920
    Diesel Locomotive : 422
    Diesel Rail Car : 566
    Eletric Locomotive : 151
    Eletric Rail Car : 2,086
    Steam Locomotive : 1
    Passenger Car : 1,411
    Freight Car : 13,183

  • Train Classes

    KTX : High-Speed trains on High-Speed Rail (some routes run on conventional railway)
    Saemaul : First Class trains on conventional railway
    Mugunghwa : Second Class trains on conventional railway
    Commuter (conventional) : Commuter train

  • More Information
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_South_Korea
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korail
KTX(on conventional railway)



Saemaul



Mugunghwa




Commuter



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Quite interesting photos! Some of those locomotives look reminiscent of some Australian/New Zealand locos!
 

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KTX, KTX-II

KTX is korean high-speed railway. There're two main lines to operate high-speed train service but some sections are run on conventional railway. Currently high-speed railway between Seoul and Daegu were built in 2004 and the construction of Daegu-Pusan line will be completed by late of 2010. This year Honam high-speed line began its construction and according to government's plan, the phase one between Osong and Gwangju will be completed by 2014 and the phase two between Gwangju and Mokpo by 2017.

KTX trains were made in France or assembled in Korea under license. Now KTX-II , made by Hyundai-Rotem with the help of Alstom, has been on trial test for commercial operation which is scheduled to begin service on Honam line (conventional railway) by late of 2009.













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About KTX-II there is another thread.
 

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Nooriro

From early June 2009, Korail introduced brand-new Nooriro-ho (누리로호) service, between Seoul and Sinchang. Nooriro is almost identical service to Mugunghwa, with same trip cost, but in relatively shorter distance, therefore it initially positions between inter-city Mugunghwa and local commuter train of Seoul subway system. Korail also introduced 8 newly built electric multiple unit sets based on Hitachi A-train, for Nooriro service.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korail
Korail also has a plan to substitute most of Mugunghwa class trains with Nooriro class EMU trains by 2020. As a result a lot of locomotives will, except for locomotives for passenger cars in non-electrified railway and freight cars or for emergency, be disappeared.







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Wow, those are some very interesting trains!

I want to know how the EverLINE is coming along, shockingly enough i've seen several railcars here in my town!!!

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Wow, those are some very interesting trains!

I want to know how the EverLINE is coming along, shockingly enough i've seen several railcars here in my town!!!

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Everline has yet one year to open. It will open in July 2010 if the construction is going well as planned. As far as I know the train(korean rail fans tend to call it 'big bus' because it's consist of one car) arrived here already, though.
 

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AREX (Incheon International Airport Railway)

After significant delays, construction of the line started in 2001, after the opening of Incheon Airport. The first 37.6 km segment from Incheon Airport to Gimpo opened on March 23, 2007, with the remaining length of 20.4 km to Seoul Station scheduled to be operational in January 2010.

The line is being constructed by IKFC (Incheon Korean French Consortium), a
consortium headed by Eukorail. Eukorail includes as partners the French company Alstom and the South Korean company ROTEM, and also built the KTX high-speed train line.

The line was initially announced in July 1998 as the Incheon International Airport Railroad (인천국제공항철도), abbreviated IREX, but was renamed in June 2006.

AREX's original main shareholders were Hyundai (27%), Daelim (18%) and POSCO (12%).

However, in March 2009, Korail acquired a 88.8% share of the company. source


Official Website : http://english.arex.or.kr/jsp/eng/index.jsp

Commuter Train


Express Train

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HSR-350X

South Korean engineers began working on the High Speed Rail project in 1995.

However, South Korea has always had ambitions to develop HSR technology
independently. Rotem and the National Rail Technology Institute of Korea have been researching and developing high speed rolling stock for 10 years, under the name of HSR-350x a couple of years before the arrival of French TGV technology in South Korea.

HSR-350x was intended to run 350 km/h (217 mph) in regular service, which is 50 km/h faster than its rival, the TGV-based KTX, whose commercial speed is (300 km/h, 186 mph). Although globally dominant along with the Japanese Shinkansen technology, Alstom's TGV system does not incorporate some recent South Korean technological innovations, such as an aluminum body, digital traffic control and a pressure compensation system. Due to the complaints about fixed-direction seats, the HSR-350x's seats are rotatable.

HSR-350x's production type, KTX-2, has lots of different points compared with HSR-350x, including changes in controlling method, tran formation. source




HSR-350x stationed on a train basement


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TTX

TTX(Tilting Train Express), also known as Hanbit 200, is a prototype train for developing 200 km/h tilting train. The maximum design speed is 200 km/h and the maximum operation speed is 180 km/h. It's designed to improve running speed up to 20~30% on curved railroad tracs by tilting a train up to 8 degrees. It was manufactured with carbon fiber reinforced composite materials, and it saved 40% weight compared with aluminum body. And it reduced manufacturing process and time with the one-body manufacturing of a body shell with a length of 23m. The tilting mechanism is belt type forced-tilting. and the braking system uses both regenerative brake and compressed-
air brake.

TTX's future is, even if the test of TTX is successful, not bright now because the demand for TTX or tilting trains is declining with the upgrade of the existing conventional lines.






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