Rail/Highspeed Trains

Chinese firm signs railway deal with Bangladesh

August 9, 2016

  • A State-owned Chinese company has signed a $4.44-billion agreement to build a railway via Bangladesh’s largest Padma bridge. China Railway Construction Corp Ltd (CRCC) signed the official construction contract with the Bangladeshi government on Monday in capital Dhaka.


Nepal-China railway ‘technologically and economically feasible’

Aug 6, 2016

  • Chinese experts have said the much-touted railway link between Nepal and China through the Himalayan highland “is economically and technologically feasible”. A report carried by China Daily on Friday says the country has accumulated technology and experience to build a rail link between the Tibet autonomous region and the South Asian subcontinent. According to the newspaper, a Himalayan train ride at more than 100kmph speeds at the foot of the world’s highest snow-capped mountains is no longer just a dream.


New high-speed Chinese trains reach 380 km/h


  • The latest generation of high-speed Chinese trains are the fastest commercial trains in history, with a maximum running speed of up to 380 kilometres per hour. After being transported to Xi’an, a city in the northwestern Chinese province of Shaanxi, the trains will be put into operation in September 2016, according to China Economic Net. The railway line will run from Xi’an to Shanghai, approximately 1,300 km in distance, and several other cities in east China including Fuzhou and Hefei.


Foreign rail firms shunted as ‘Made in China’ mantra gathers pace

Aug 2, 2016

  • Foreign firms say they are struggling to gain access to China’s vast railway market as the country, seeking to transform its domestic industry into an export powerhouse, tightens the bidding criteria on rail tenders. The complaints echo similar concerns raised in other industries including technology and renewable energy, and highlight what some foreign companies see as an uneven playing field when operating in China.


China unveils plan to boost rail network

July 21, 2016

  • The top economic planner issued China’s latest national railway plan Wednesday, with the target to operate a 175,000 km rail network by 2025. China expects to have 38,000 km of high speed railway (HSR) by 2025, according to the plan issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).


High-speed trains reach speeds of 420kpm in tests


  • Two of China’s high-speed trains have reached speeds of 420 kilometers per hour during test runs in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. As they past each other in opposite directions, their relative speeds reached 840 kilometers per hour. Wang Yueming is the chief researcher at China’s Academy of Railway Science. He says the airflow generated by the high speed has a great impact on the trains.


Researchers fast-track a train for all systems


  • China is developing a next-generation bullet train that can run at 400 kilometers an hour and is suitable for cross-border services, a senior researcher with the nation’s high-speed rail program said on Sunday. “The train, to be developed in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), will have wheels that can be adjusted to fit various gauges on other countries’ tracks, compared with trains now that need to have their wheels changed before entering foreign systems,” said Jia Limin, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University and head of China’s high-speed rail innovation program.


China approves high-speed train line to 2022 Winter Games site

June 4, 2016

  • China has approved the construction of a $1 billion high-speed rail extension to connect Beijing with the venue for many of the skiing events for the 2022 Winter Olympics, officials said Saturday. The Zhangjiakou city government said the 53-kilometre (33-mile) line from the Hebei province city of Zhangjiakou to the town of Chongli will be ready by 2019. China is already building an almost $9 billion high-speed line from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, located about 140 kilometres (87 miles) northwest of the capital.


China approves high-speed line to Shanxi

May 30, 2016

  • CHINA’s top economic planner the National Development and Reform Commission has given the go-ahead for a high-speed line linking Jiaozuo near Zhengzhou in Henan province with Taiyuan, the provincial capital of neighbouring Shanxi. The 362km line will be designed for 250km/h operation and construction is expected to take four-and-a-half years to complete.


300 New Lines for China’s Railway Network


  • A new railway map, introduced on May 15, represents the biggest railway expansion in ten years for China. In all 300 new routes were added to the network, many of them high speed services, which will provide more choice for domestic tourists.


Construction of Thai-Chinese railway project to get started in August or September

14 May 2016

  • Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith announced that the 10th meeting of a joint committee for a Thai-Chinese railway cooperation project went smoothly. Thailand will be responsible for the project’s investment capital and China will consider reducing construction and rail system costs while maintaining safety standards and suitability details of which will be resolved within one week.


Chinese Light Rail Technology Put into Use in Philippines


  • Three China-made light rail trains recently began service in the Philippines, and several officials from the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications, including Deputy Minister Bucayan, rode the trains to mark the occasion, CRRC Dalian Co., Ltd. announced on Tuesday. This is the first order that China signed with the Philippines for urban railway trains. The export contract, which was signed in June 2014, was for a total of 540 million yuan, according to China News Service.


China to test first hybrid-power train next month

May 6, 2016

  • CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, will test the country’s first hybrid-power train next month, project officials said on Thursday. The train will complete its technical debugging phase by the end of this month in Jilin province and tests are scheduled to start at the China Academy of Railway Sciences in June, which will take six months to ensure product quality, safety and efficiency.


New hydrogen-powered tram off assembly line

April 27, 2016

  • According to Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co. Ltd. (TRC), the tram’s major developer, the hybrid tram can operate for longer than existing trams and there is no need for an overhead line. Moreover, it has no emissions. It took the state-owned company and Southwest Jiaotong University four years to develop the pollution-free tram, which can carry 336 passengers. A 15-minute hydrogen refill can power the vehicle for 40 kilometers at speeds as high as 70 km per hour, according to TRC.


Malaysia favors China on high-speed rail project: media

Apr 03,2016

  • Chinese companies are widely considered as the forerunner for the proposed high-speed railway project linking the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a local media reported on Sunday. A series of recent investment by Chinese state-owned companies have helped to lay the ground for the bid for the 350 km high-speed railway, according to the Sunday Star, a Malaysian English newspaper.


US Is #19 Out Of 20 In New High-Speed Rail Ranking

March 29th, 2016

  • A new ranking of high-speed rail networks from GoEuro, a travel search engine, puts the U.S. 19th out of the 20 countries assessed. According to the survey, the U.S. ranks below Turkey and Uzbekistan. Like all surveys, this one may have some flaws in its methodology. It emphasizes the percentage of the population that has access to high-speed rail travel in each country, which makes sense. High-speed rail isn’t much help if most people can’t use it. By that measure, the US ranked next to last of the 20 countries in the survey. Only 3.7% of Americans have access to high-speed rail service. High-speed rail leaders Japan, South Korea, China, and France are ranked as the top four nations. Spain, which is persistently economically troubled, ranks fifth. None of these countries has as high a GDP per capita as the U.S., so the problem in America isn’t lack of resources, it’s a lack of political will.


PM firms up high-speed rail project

25 Mar 2016

  • China will no longer help to fund the Rayong-Nong Khai high-speed rail service through Bangkok, but will help to plan and build it, and Chinese rolling stock like these models will be used. (File photo) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday affirmed the government’s decision to wholly invest in the Thai-Sino railway project after failed talks over the past two years with China on details of what was supposed to be a bilateral investment project.


Nepal signs transit treaty with China; to have first rail link through Tibet

March 21, 2016

  • China on Monday agreed to Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli’s request to build a strategic railway link between the two countries through Tibet to reduce land-locked Nepal’s total dependence on India, as the two sides cemented their ties by signing 10 agreements including a landmark transit trade deal. Oli, who arrived in Beijing on Sunday on his maiden seven-day visit to China, was given a red carpet welcome by Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People. He also called on Chinese President Xi Jinping.


China’s CRRC lands $1.3 billion Chicago rail car project

Mar 10, 2016

  • China’s CRRC Corp said it has won its second major contract in the United States after the Chicago transport authority accepted its $1.3 billion bid to build rail cars for the city. “This is the largest subway car project that a Chinese railway equipment company has received from a developed country to date. ‘Made in China’ rail is set to land in the United States’ Chicago,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.


China plans ‘smart trains’ to take on global rail companies


  • The capacity to manufacture and export top-end high-speed trains and related equipment is giving a new sheen to the image of China, for long considered maker of low-quality, cheap goods like bags, shoes and lighters. Even foreign governments and corporate clients are sitting up and taking notice. China is in talks with more than 30 countries including the United States, Russia, Brazil, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran about high-speed rail projects, said Wang Mengshu, a deputy to the National People’s Congress and deputy chief engineer of China Railway Tunnel Group Ltd.


China Has World’s Largest High-speed Rail Network

Mar 06, 2016

  • China has the world’s largest high-speed rail network, with the total operating length reaching 19,000 km by the end of 2015, about 60 percent of the world’s total. The expanding high-speed rail network is offering unprecedented convenience and comfort to travelers, and boosting local development as well. Chinese companies have developed world-leading capabilities in building high-speed railways in extreme natural conditions.


China to Hasten Construction of Sichuan-Tibet Railway

Jan 30, 2016

  • The Chinese government will speed up the construction of the 1,629-kilometer Sichuan-Tibet railway starting this year as confirmed by the heads of the two regions’ governments, China Daily reported. “The government will start a preliminary survey and research of the Kangting-Lyingchi railway project this year, and accelerate the construction of Sichuan-Tibet railway in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period,” Losang Jamcan, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region government, said at the fourth session of the 10th People’s Congress of Tibet in Lhasa on Wednesday, Jan. 27.


China to finance high-speed railway in Iran

January 24, 2016

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on Saturday agreed to a deal that calls on China to provide financial aid for the development of a high-speed railway in Iran. The deal was among 17 agreements on economic and technological cooperation that the two leaders signed in Tehran.


Construction starts on Indonesia’s $5.5bn high-speed rail line

22 January 2016

  • Indonesia has started construction of South East Asia’s first high-speed rail link between Jakarta and the West Java provincial capital of Bandung. The groundbreaking ceremony for the $5.5bn project was carried out by president Joko Widodo in Cikalong Wetan, West Java, which will be the location of one of the eight stations on the line. A joint venture between an Indonesian consortium and China Railway International, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China is building the 142.3km high-speed rail line.


2.5 billion trips made on China’s railways in 2015

Jan 19, 2016

  • China’s high-speed trains operated on tracks totaling 19,000 km last year, accounting for first place and 60 per cent of the total mileage of high-speed trains in the world, Xinhua.com reported. China invests 82 million yuan ($12.5 million) on fixed assets to operate 9,531 km of newly-built train lines, including 3,306 km of tracks for high-speed trains. The railway network covers almost all cities with populations in excess of 500,000 in the country, said Sheng Guangzu, general manager of China Railway Corporation.


China’s Economic Miracle, As Seen Through Its Trains

December 29, 2015

  • The development of China’s railway network symbolizes how fast China has moved forward. Within 25 years, China’s national railway system has undergone a series of historic changes that tell the story of modernization. For example, China surpassed Russia to become the country with the longest electrified railway system in 2012. Now China has the longest and the most sophisticated national high-speed railway network in the world, with the total mileage expected to reach 19,000 kilometers by the end of 2015. In fact, even though the civil aviation market is expanding rapidly, the railway system is still the more widely used means of transportation for millions of Chinese.


Asia’s largest underground railway station to open in China

December 28, 2015

  • Asia’s largest underground railway station, as large as 21 football fields, will open on Wednesday in China’s southern city of Shenzhen, slashing the travel time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong to half an hour. Covering an area of 147,000 square meters, the three- storey Futian High-speed Railway Station is also the world’s second largest underground railway station, only after the Grand Central Station in New York, the US.


Chengdu-Chongqing Highspeed Railway Starts Operation

2015-12-26 20

  • A new high-speed rail service in southwest China linking Sichuan’s capital Chengdu and the Chongqing Municipality has officially been opened to traffic. The 308-kilometer-long Chengdu-Chongqing Highspeed Railway, with a designed speed of 300 to 350 kilometers per hour, will reduce the travel time between the two cities to around 1.5 hours with 11 stops. Zhang Zhengyuan from the Chengdu Railway Bureau said passenger transport volumes increased significantly.


China’s first home-grown maglev completes speed test

Dec 19, 2015

  • A speed test for China’s first middle-low speed magnetically-levitated railway was completed on Friday in central China’s Hunan Province. The railway’s trains will run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h.


Thailand, China officially launch train project

19 Dec 2015

  • Thailand and China on Saturday officially launched their joint railway project even though construction will not start until May next year at the earliest.


Chinese-built light rail in Ethiopia changes lives

Nov 24, 2015

  • Ethiopia’s first light rail train system has been launched in the capital Addis Ababa since September 2015. The 34km light-rail project, which was built by China’s Eryuan Engineering Group, is the first fully electric train service in sub-Saharan Africa. CCTVNEWS reporter toured the project and experienced how it’s changing traffic conditions and lives throughout the city.


Ethiopia rail system reflects growing ties with China

December 3, 2015

  • Taxis and buses were once the only way to get across this teeming, ancient city of 4 million residents. But recently a light rail system provided by a new financial angel — China — is transforming how Ethiopians commute. “This is a new Ethiopia,” said Mahlet Adem, who owns a jewelry shop at the Shiro Meda textile market in Addis Ababa. “The economy of this country has grown following the completion of two rail lines. Moving goods from one place to another is nowadays very easy.”


China Railway Group team wins $1.6 bln Hungary high-speed rail contract

Nov 25, 2015

  • A consortium led by China Railway Group (CRG) has been awarded a 10 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) contract to build the Hungarian section of a railway linking Budapest with Serbia’s Belgrade, in China’s first high-speed rail win in the European Union. Three firms – CRG’s China Railway International Group, a subsidiary of national operator China Railway Corporation and the Hungarian State Railways – will form a consortium to construct the 160 kilometre route, CRG said in a statement on Wednesday.


China plans to invest $438 billion in railway construction in 5 years

November 28, 2015

  • China plans to invest a total of at least 2.8 trillion yuan ($438 billion) in railway construction during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020) making it a stimulus to halt the slowdown of the economy. National railway network will grow by more than 23,000 kms over the next five years, with intercity projects and ones in Midwest regions being priority, China’s Economic Information Daily reported. China’s railway construction has been on a fast track as annual investment surged by 11.3% from 580 billion yuan in 2011 to 800 billion yuan in 2014.


High-speed rail to link China to Iran

Nov 21, 2015

  • Chinese authorities have proposed a high-speed railway connecting its western city of Urumqi to Tehran, the country’s biggest English-language newspaper, China Daily, says. The proposed Silk Road route will connect China to West Asia, stretching from Urumqi and Yining to Almaty in Kazakhstan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to the Iranian capital.


Chinese ‘Alpine’ high-speed train to enter service next month

November 13, 2015

  • CRRC Corporation says its CRH2G high-speed train, which has been developed specifically for high-altitude operation, has been approved by China’s National Railway Administration enabling the fleet to enter passenger service next month on the 1776km Lanzhou – Xinjiang high-speed line in north west China. The 250km/h trains are being supplied to China Railway Corporation by CRRC’s Qingdao Sifang subsidiary and are designed to operate at up to 3600m above sea level in temperatures ranging from -40 to +40oC as well as sandstorms, high-winds, and intense ultraviolet light.


China, Laos to build $6.3 bln railway project by 2020 – China Economic Herald

Nov 15, 2015

  • China aims to complete laying a 418-kilometre (260-mile) railway from a border town to Laos by 2020, the official China Economic Herald reported, as the economic giant seeks a new route into the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. The two countries agreed on Friday to jointly build a 40-billion yuan ($6.28 billion) railway from the border town of Boten to the Laos capital Vientiane, the Herald reported.


High-speed rail puts China on the fast track


  • China’s high-speed railway network is expected to span 18,000 kilometers by the end of this year, building a solid foundation for an industry that can generate new market growth points during the nation’s 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20). Official data from China Railway Corp, the country’s railway service provider and planner, shows that China will add another 2,000 kilometers of high-speed railroad by the end of this year, the final year of the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15).


China’s high-speed railway technology reaches high level


  • China’s high-speed railway construction technology has reached a very high level and it would be beneficial if China shares it with other countries, a senior Turkish railway engineer has said. “High-speed trains are operating on the line and we are very grateful. Because during the construction process we worked on very hard territory, the line was built with multi-tunnels and viaducts on mountainous areas,” said Mustafa Babal, engineering supervisor of the Ankara-Istanbul Project which was completed by two Chinese companies in July 2014.


China, Indonesia sign US$5.5b high-speed rail deal

16 Oct 2015

  • Chinese and Indonesian state-owned companies on Friday signed a US$5.5 billion deal to build the first high-speed railway in Southeast Asia’s top economy, after Beijing beat Tokyo to win the construction project. The line will connect the Indonesian capital Jakarta with the mountain-fringed city of Bandung, some 160 kilometres away, and is a key part of President Joko Widodo’s plans to overhaul the archipelago’s infrastructure and attract investors.


Thailand, China pledge to start rail work this year

10 Oct 2015

  • A Chinese-made diesel locomotive pulls 40 containers during a test run earlier this year near the Inland Container Depot in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district. (Post file photo) Thailand and China have vowed to speed up their delayed joint railway project with construction to start before the year-end, says Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.


The first China-built high-speed rail in Turkey

Oct 3, 2015

  • China boasts the fastest and longest high-speed railways in the world. And the world is taking notice. Turkey’s Istanbul-Ankara high-speed railway was built by China. CCTV’s Zou Yue filed this report.


China’s railways report record daily passenger volume


  • China Railway Corporation (CRC) said on Friday that around 12.54 million passenger trips were made on Thursday, China’s National Day and the first day of a week-long holiday from Oct 1 to 7. The figure reached a record high, up 6.9 percent year on year thanks to the fast development of China’s high-speed rail. The daily passenger flow is expected to hit 11 million on Friday, said the company.


Japan says bid for Indonesian railway rejected, China wins

29 September 2015

  • Japan said Tuesday its bid to build a major railway in Indonesia had been rejected with China instead to be awarded the project, slamming the decision as “extremely regrettable”. China and Japan had for months been vying to build a new railway in Indonesia, as Asia’s two biggest economies increasingly battle for influence across the region.


Ethiopia inaugurates “historical” Chinese-built rail project


  • Ethiopia on Sunday inaugurated a modern rail project that has been constructed by the China Railway Group (CREC) in the capital of the east African country. The electrified Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit (AA-LRT) is the first light railway on the African continent with two lines of a total length of 34 km. Of the two rail lines, the east-west corridor extends 17.35 km, stretching from Ayat Village to Tor Hailoch, and passes through Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico Square; and the north-south line is 16.9 km in length, passing through Menelik II Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Meskel Square, Gotera and Kaliti.


China rail firms in joint deal to build U.S. high-speed rail

17 Sep 2015

  • A consortium of Chinese rail firms has teamed up with private U.S. company XpressWest to build a high-speed rail line in the United States, the latest push by Beijing to export its high-speed rail technology and tap lucrative offshore markets. China Railway International USA and private rail venture XpressWest said in a joint statement on Thursday that they will form a joint venture to accelerate the launch of a high-speed rail linking the western cities of Las Vegas with Los Angeles.


New High-speed Rail System Bridging Shanghai and Chengdu Proposed

Sep 15, 2015

  • Feasibility studies have been conducted to assess the possibility of linking 22 cities in China’s eastern, central and southwestern regions with a railway system that would reduce the current 15-hour travel time by six hours. The proposed project is expected to cover 1,985 kilometers, traversing Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Wuhan, Chongqing and finally Chengdu at 350 km/h, according to a report by China Daily.


China economic planner approves $22.4 billion of new railway lines

Sep 11, 2015

  • China’s economic planner approved on Friday 143 billion yuan ($22.4 billion) worth of new railway projects that include a new high-speed railway line in central China. The express railway line will be built in China’s central Henan province while the two other railway services will be in the southwestern province of Yunnan.


China’s rapid rail to touch 50,000 km

September 6, 2015

  • China’s rapid rail network will stretch to over 50,000 km by 2020, a media report said on Sunday. “China’s rail network, already the world’s longest with more than 17,000 km, will soon stretch considerably further,” said He Huawu, chief engineer of China Railway Corporation. The network will serve 80 percent of the cities with populations topping half a million people by 2020, the Global Times reported.


China to Open High-speed Rail to N. Korea Border

August 31, 2015

  • China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 kilometers (127 miles) from Shenyang to the border city of Dandong, which faces North Korea across the Yalu River, and will shorten the train journey from 3½ hours to just over one hour, Xinhua said.


New Rail System in China Designed to Defy Extreme Temperatures

Aug 17, 2015

  • A new high-speed train service that utilizes cold-resistant technology will begin operation on Monday, linking some of the northernmost cities in China. The rail system is expected to connect Harbin, the capital of northeast Heilongjiang, with Qiqihaer, the latter’s second largest city. Trains operating in the system are capable of transporting eight million passengers annually at speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour, cutting travel time between the two cities from three hours to 85 minutes.


New trolleys can fully recharge in 30 seconds


  • Train equipment maker CRRC Corp is introducing a fast-charge trolley bus system that trades traditional overhead cables for an energy model that can fully charge a trolley in 30 seconds while passengers are getting on and off. The company claims that the flash charge supercapacitor is the only one in the world that allows a trolley bus to run for 8 kilometers with 10 seconds of charging. “The technology is especially suited for buses that make frequent stops over short distances, and greatly reduces the pollution from public transportation,” said Zhou Qinghe, the president and general manager of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co.


Deepest Underground High-speed Rail Station Completed in Tianjin

Aug 09, 2015

  • The world’s largest and deepest underground high-speed rail station has been completed, shortening the trip from Beijing to Tianjin’s Yujiabao Financial Zone to only 45 minutes, Xinhua reported. The Yujiapu Station in Tianjin is between 60 to 65 meters below ground, stretching the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed rail to the coastal areas of Tianjin. The highest speed of the rail is expected to reach 350 km/h.


Chinese firm to buy 351 bullet trains worth $10.6 billion

Jul 17, 2015,

  • A Chinese railway firm has opened tenders for 351 bullet trains worth a staggering $10.6 billion. China Daily reported that state-owned China Railway Investment Corp has opened tenders for what it claims is the largest train order in history. As many as 228 bullet trains will have to reach a maximum speed of 350 km per hour, and 123 trains will need to run at 250 kilometers per hour, said CRIC, a subsidiary of China Railway Corp.


China’s bullet train on trial run in China’s farthest north

Jul 13, 2015

  • A high-speed railway between two cities in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, known for its high latitudes and biting cold winters, today began a trial operation as China continues to expand its bullet train network to its nook and corners.


China’s High Speed Rail Network is Leading the Way

Jul 10, 2015

  • China has successfully marched ahead by developing bullet standard trains based on in-house norms and technologies. These trains are designed according to China’s environment and rail transport patterns. Thus, China is ready to replace foreign standard models of bullet trains and reduce their production, operational, and maintenance costs to a great extent.


China extends railways through Tibet all the way to India border

2 July 2015

  • Across dizzying 5,500 metre-high mountain ranges that stretch across the ‘roof of the world’ are hundreds of kilometres of newly-laid expressways, bridges and tunnels that China is building in Tibet. In Yadong county, which lies just across the Nathu La Pass from Sikkim in the Chumbi valley, plans are underway to extend China’s most ambitious railway project in history.


World Speed Survey 2015: China remains the pacesetter

01 Jul 2015

  • China remains the pacesetter in the world rail speed race, according to the latest World Speed Survey published in Railway Gazette International on July 1. This year, the results show a general coalescence where frequency is the main driver of performance on many routes, with maximum speeds reaching something of a plateau at or slightly above 300 km/h. Our survey finds that the ‘blue riband’ award for the world’s fastest point-to-point rail journey is taken by China Railways Corp’s G66/79, which sprint between Shijiazhuang and Zhengzhou Dong in 81 min at an average speed of 283·4 km/h in each direction. Second in the list is a pair of express trains between Beijing and Nanjing, a distance of 1 021·9 km which is covered in 219 min at an average of 280 km/h.


China-designed train will replace older, foreign models


  • Tests of the first Chinese-standard bullet train began in Beijing on Tuesday as the country moves toward replacing all foreign-standard models with the domestically developed version, a senior official said. “The new bullet train has been developed based on our own standards and technologies and is designed to be better adapted to China’s environment and rail transport patterns,” said He Huawu, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and chief engineer of China Railway Corp.


China readying deployment of synchronous traction system for high speed rail that would enable 50% faster operation starting around 2018

June 29, 2015

  • China has become a world leader in high-speed railway technology with its development of a cutting-edge permanent magnet synchronous traction system that will take bullet trains to an ultrafast 500 kilometers per hour (300 miles per hour). The advanced 690-kilowatt traction system was developed by CRRC Corp, the country’s train-making behemoth, at its Zhuzhou Institute in Hunan province. It will soon enter mass production, said Ding Rongjun, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering who heads the institute.


China and Russia to build new high-speed railway


  • Russia and China have announced plans to build a new high-speed railway line from Moscow to Kazan. According to proposals, passengers will be able to travel some 800 kilometres in just three and a half hours. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. Its Kremlin is a World Heritage Site.


Indonesia and China to team up on high-speed railway


  • A Chinese-led consortium and an Indonesian company signed a letter of memorandum on railway construction in Indonesia June 15 after a meeting between Sheng Guangzu, general manager of China Railway Corporation, and Rini Soemarno, Indonesia’s minister for state-owned enterprises, reports Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald.


China Launches First Harbin-Hamburg Freight Train


  • A freight rail service linking the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin with the Germany city of Hamburg has been launched. The new service, which passes through Mongolia and Russia, will deliver goods to Europe twice as quickly as maritime deliveries.


With a Rail Merger, China Is Forging an Industrial Giant Second Only to GE

June 7, 2015

  • The merger of CSR Corp. and China CNR Corp. is now complete, producing a nearly $130-billion behemoth called CRRC Corp. with economies of scale that will allow China to compete even more aggressively for overseas rail deals. Shares of CRRC began trading Monday under CSR’s old tickers, gaining 4.5 percent to HK$15.68 in Hong Kong and rising by the daily limit of 10 percent to 32.40 yuan in Shanghai.


Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Railway Starts Trial Operation


  • Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Railway interconnecting the east and southeast region of China begins a trial operation period as of Monday, reports chinanews.com. The high speed railway connects Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces. The railway is 852 kilometers long, with a design speed of 300 kilometers per hour.


Chinese company wins $390mn contract to develop Russian high-speed railway

May 13, 2015

  • China Railway Group Ltd has won a $390 million contract to develop the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway which is to be further extended to China. The railway will become part of the new Silk Road project. A consortium led by a China Railway subsidiary together with two Russian companies will jointly conduct surveying, regional development planning and design for the Moscow–Kazan segment of the Moscow–Kazan–Ekaterinburg high-speed railway line in 2015-2016, China Railway Group announced on Wednesday, adding that the formal deal will be signed by the end of May. The company expects to complete the project before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Kazan will be one of the Russian cities hosting the tournament.


China plans to build two high-speed rail lines in Sichuan


  • China plans to build a high-speed rail system that will reach 700 kilometers in length when the major rail lines linking Chongqing to Kunming and Xining to Chengdu are completed, the 21st Century Business Herald reports. China Railway Group has initiated preparatory work for the project and plans to complete the tender process for the construction of the rail lines that will cover Chongqing as well as Sichuan and Yunnan provinces before May 30, according to the Chongqing City government.


China leads in many high-speed rail aspects


  • Media reports suggest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will try to promote Shinkansen bullet train technology during his visit to the United States (which started on April 26) to cash in on the US’ plans to prop up its economy with high-speed railway. Obviously, Japan is competing with China to get a share of the high-speed train market in US and some other countries. So which country has the upper hand?


China’s high-speed rail network is on the global fast track

21 Apr 2015

  • China is in discussions with more than 20 nations including the United States, Russia, Brazil and Thailand on the export of high-speed railway technology and products, according to an industry insider. “As one of the achievements of China’s innovation effort, the high-speed railway has become our country’s label and representative in the international community,” said Jia Shirui, vice-president of China CNR Corp.


More railway investment urged


  • China’s vice-premier has called for a railway investment target of 800 billion yuan ($128.72 billion) to be met and more than 8,000 kilometers of extra lines put into operation. A weekend work conference, presided over by Ma Kai in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, focused on China’s regional railway development.


China eyeing Tibet-Nepal railway: report

Apr 9, 2015

  • [BEIJING] A railway between China and Nepal that could include a tunnel under Mount Everest is under consideration, Chinese state media said on Thursday, as Beijing builds links with a country India regards as firmly within its sphere of influence.


Chinese bullet train maker establishes joint venture with Australian firm


  • Bullet train maker China North Railway (CNR) has established a joint venture in Australia, its first such overseas partnership. The new company, Pacific Rail Engineering, is a 50-50 joint venture between CNR subsidiary Qiqihar Railway Rolling Stock and Australian firm B&W, according to a press release posted on the CNR website on Thursday.


China Presents the World’s First Hydrogen-Fueled Tram

Mar 21, 2015

  • China has successfully developed the technology that enables the use of hydrogen to fuel rail vehicles, as it presented on March 19, Thursday, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tramcar at an assembly facility in Qingdao. Liang Jianying, chief engineer of Sifang Co., a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation (CSR), told Xinhua that China is the only country in the world that has fully developed the technology for rail system and the new tram is the only one of its kind in the field.


China Said to Agree to Build Two Train Lines in Thailand


  • (Beijing) – The governments of China and Thailand agreed on March 14 to build two train lines in the Southeast Asian country, a source with knowledge of the matter says. The National Development and Reform Commission signed the agreement with Thailand’s Transport Ministry to build the lines, which will run a total of 734 kilometers, the person said. The lines will link Bangkok with the northeastern province of Nong Khai and the eastern province of Rayong.


Laos and China Prepare to Sign Construction Contract for High-Speed Railway Project

13th March, 2015

  • China and Laos will sign a construction contract for a $7.2 billion high-speed railway project planned by cash-strapped Laos, linking the two neighboring countries and extending to Thailand, the Lao government official is charge of the project said.


China spending to build 40,000 miles of global high speed rail compared to Obamacare or US War costs

February 02, 2015

  • Thirty-eight countries and regions worldwide plan to build high-speed rail lines and work mostly with China on the construction of those high speed rail lines. A global (across Asia, Europe, middle east and Africa) high speed rail network with total length of 93,000 kilometers (58000 miles), or 8.5 times the total length of high-speed railways operating in China is planned. It was forecast that by the year 2030, 60% of the planned rail lines (40,000 miles) would be completed. China plans to build 34,600 km of high-speed railways in the country. The Chinese government has also negotiated agreements to build 34,700 km of high-speed railways for other countries, including 26,300 km allocated for the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” initiatives.


Moscow to Beijing in 2 days: China to build $242bn high-speed railway

January 22, 2015

  • China is going to build a $242 billion (1.5 trillion yuan) high-speed rail link between Beijing and Moscow. The line will cut the journey time from five to ‘two days’, say Chinese authorities. The railway will be 7,000 kilometers long and go through Kazakhstan, reports Bloomberg citing Beijing’s city government on the social networking site Weibo, China’s alternative to Twitter. The railway will make travel easier between Europe and Asia, the statement said.


Hallelujah! China’s train ticket site accepts help from Alibaba

Jan 19, 2015

  • Riders of trains in China, rejoice! China’s state-run 12306 train ticket sales site, which has a total monopoly on online ticket sales despite being buggy and inefficient, has finally consented to team up with a competent ecommerce company (Alibaba). This is something I’ve been begging them to do for years, and now that it’s finally happened, all I can think is this: The details of Alibaba’s collaboration with 12306 have not been officially made public yet, although Alibaba has confirmed that the partnership is real. In fact, the government site has reportedly already moved some of its services onto Alibaba’s cloud to allow for greater stability during peak purchase periods. Discussions between the two sides are said to have begun around a year ago, with both sides finally agreeing to move full steam ahead after a test run during the National Day travel period went smoothly. For this upcoming Spring Festival, Techweb reports that 12306 has shifted 75% of its ticket-checking services onto Alibaba’s cloud.


China Helps Africa in Building Their Own High-Speed Railway System

Jan 13, 2015

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed on Monday that China is willing to help Africa in building a high-speed railway network to connect African territories, China Daily reported. The Africans, through Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission, want to have a high-speed railway network connecting all African capitals to boost pan-African communication and development, Wang disclosed. He added that this has been unveiled during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the African Union.


High-speed rail from Inner Mongolia to Hainan in pipeline


  • China may further expand its high-speed rail network by building a line between Inner Mongolia and Hainan, according to Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald.


Merger of China CNR, CSR announced


  • After their stocks were suspended for two months, China CNR and CSR — the country’s two top train makers — announced new details about their planned merger, which will create a mega company that can generate sales of up to 200 billion yuan (US$32.25 billion), reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald.


China extends high-speed rail network to Xinjiang

26 December 2014

  • China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between its capital Urumqi and Lanzhou, in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometres away.


China’s High-Speed Rail: the Rapid Growth of a New Travel Option

December 19, 2014

  • BEIJING, December 19, 2014 – China has the world’s largest and still expanding high-speed rail (HSR) network, but whether ridership would materialize has been the subject of much debate. A new World Bank paper finds initial traffic volumes are promising, with traffic growing from 128 million trips in 2008 to 672 million trips in 2013 and over 2.9 billion passengers having taken a high speed train trip between April 2007 and October 1st 2014.


China agrees on deal to build 867 km of railways in Thailand

Dec 19, 2014

  • Dec 19 (Reuters) – Thailand and China agreed on Friday to build 867 km (542 miles) of dual track railways in the Southeast Asian nation, in cooperation seen as consolidating China’s influence in the region.


China high-speed trains on fast track to overseas market


  • Soon, travel time between the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and tourist destination Ipoh 200km away will be slashed to little more than one hour. On the other side of the Pacific, Boston’s South Station subway will replace its archaic engines with new, air-conditioned metro trains.


CSR wins order to supply bullet trains in Malaysia


  • Malaysia’s new 200-kilometer high-speed rail line between the capital Kuala Lumpur and the city of Ipoh to the north, will feature the world’s fastest inter-city bullet trains by the end of next year, built by China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. The meter-gauge electric units will run at a set speed of around 160 km per hour, said Zhou Qinghe, president of CSR ZELC. The trains will also be used on a 900-km railway line being planned between Johor Bahru on the southern tip of the country, and Padang Besar on the Thailand border, according to the train manufacturer.


Thai-China rail project MoU approved

25 Nov 2014

  • The cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Thailand and China for mutual cooperation on the development of the Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut dual-track electric rail route, government…


Russia Eyes Chinese Cash for $150 Billion Moscow-Beijing High-Speed Railway

Nov. 21 2014

  • A planned high-speed railway stretching some 7,000 kilometers between Moscow and Beijing will cost about 7 trillion rubles ($153 billion) to build, a Russian Railways executive was quoted as saying Friday. Over half of the sum, or 4 trillion rubles ($87.5 billion), is expected to come from Chinese investors, said Alexander Misharin, who heads Russian Railways’ subsidiary High-Speed Rail Lines, news agency TASS reported.


China Signs $12-Billion Railway Deal with Nigeria

November 21, 2014

  • China has signed its biggest overseas deal with Nigeria which involves a $12-billion rail line along the coast of the African country. According to a report from state-owned Xinhua News Agency on Thursday, the contract was signed by the Ministry of Transport of Nigeria and the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited. The coastal 1,402-kilometer railway will have 22 stops and will be linking Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, in the west with Calabar in the east.


Move over Trans-Siberian: China launches ‘world’s longest’ train route

November 20, 2014

  • The 82-wagon cargo train is expected to take 21 days to travel 6,200 miles, passing through six countries between China and Spain. Dubbed Yixinou, the train left Yiwu, an industrial center less than 200 miles south of Shanghai, on Tuesday and is expected to reach Madrid in December after traversing Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and France, reports the Local.se.


Xinjiang’s First High-speed Rail Starts Operation


  • The first high-speed rail in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region became operational on Sunday, slashing travel time between the regional capital of Urumqi and the eastern city of Hami by half to three hours. The 530-km rail line, with a designed speed of over 200 km per hour, is part of the 1,776-km Lanxin high-speed railway linking Urumqi with Lanzhou, capital of the northwestern province of Gansu, which will be put into service by the end of this year.


China pushes its ‘high-speed rail diplomacy’


  • “High-speed rail diplomacy” has become one of the features of Chinese leaders making visits abroad, as they seek to export the technology that has transformed rail travel in China in a few short years.
  • As of this year, CNR’s rolling stock and related production technology had been exported to more than 90 countries, including France, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, and the US. It achieved its best performance overseas during the first half of the year, with signed deals totaling US$1.5 billion.


China Expected to Supply Mexico with High-Speed ‘Bullet’ Trains

Oct 20, 2014

  • China will likely begin supplying Mexico bullet trains through a consortium of four Chinese companies and four Mexican firms, reports Caixin Online. It would mark the first time China has exported its high-speed trains. The consortium, which the Mexican government said was the sole bidder for a project to begin later this year, consists of China Railway Construction Corp., China Railway International Group, China Railway Construction Corp. (Mexico) S.A. de C.V. and CSR Corp.


China Wants To Sell High-Speed Trains To California

Oct. 21, 2014

  • SHANGHAI (Reuters) – State-backed China CNR Corporation is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signaling China’s growing export ambitions for such technology after building the world’s longest network in just seven years. It marks the first concrete attempt by China to sell high-speed locomotives abroad and establish itself as a credible rival to sector leaders such as Germany’s Siemens, Canada’s Bombardier and Japan’s Kawasaki.


Russia And China Want To Build The Longest High-Speed Railway In The World To Connect Them

Oct. 17, 2014

  • China and Russia are considering building a high-speed rail line thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Beijing that would cut the journey time from six days on the celebrated Trans-Siberian to two, Chinese media reported Friday. The project would cost more than $230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) long, the Beijing Times reported — more than three times the world’s current longest high-speed line, from the Chinese capital to the southern city of Guangzhou.


China PM to attend Europe summit, sign Russia rail deal

04 October 2014

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend a summit of European and Asian leaders on a trip starting next week that will also include a visit to Germany and the signing of energy and high-speed rail deals with Russia, the government and state media said.


China encourages Spain to participate in China-Europe cargo railway construction


  • BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, calling on Spain to participate in the construction and operation of a cargo railway linking east China and Europe. The cargo railway “Yixin’ou” plans to start from east China’s Yiwu, the world’s largest wholesale market, and ends in Madrid, Xi told Rajoy in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People.


Bullet trains tighten China’s embrace of restive Xinjiang

September 10, 2014

  • URUMQI, China — The brand-new bullet train slices past the edge of the Gobi desert, through gale-swept grasslands and past snowy peaks, a high-altitude, high-speed and high-tech manifestation of China’s newly re-imagined Silk Road meant to draw the country’s restive west ever tighter into Beijing’s embrace.


China’s superlative rail network

September 1, 2014

China leads the way in the longest, largest and fastest transportation systems.

  • In the last 20 years, China has been building a different kind of linkage: a massive rail network, both between as well as within cities (where the system is called the metro). This network, already the world’s second longest (next to the one in the United States), has chugged along at full steam in the last two decades and is now hurtling along at breakneck speed in China’s haste to modernise.


Nanchang-Changsha high speed railway to start operation


  • BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) — The Nanchang-Changsha high speed railway in south China will start operation on September 16, facilitating easy connection between China’s central regions and prosperous east. The 342-km railway covers seven stations with a maximum speed of 350 km. It is expected to cut travel time between the two cities from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours, the China Railway Corporation said.


China plans undersea rail tunnel to link provincial capitals

Aug 26, 2014

  • BEIJING: Opening its railway sector to private investment, China is planning to connect capital Beijing with all provincial capitals by high-speed bullet trains through undersea railway tunnel, spanning 5,700kms. The nationwide undersea tunnel through the Bohai Gulf will be built as part of a network to connect Northeast China and South China’s Hainan Province, extending 5,700kms in 11 provincial regions.


China’s high-speed rail “Goes Global” based on strategy and market

August 05, 2014

  • China is attempting to seek bigger markets and become more open to the world via high-speed rail. ‘Going Global’ with high-speed rail is of huge significance to China.High-speed rail symbolizes the restructuring of China’s manufacturing as well as its ability to seize new market shares. High-speed rail construction brings huge benefits to China. Large numbers of skilled workers are trained during high-speed rail construction, while more than 900 of China’s technical patents can be further updated. Overall, high-speed rail construction equips China with safer and faster transportation.


A Closer Look at the Chinese High Speed Rail Juggernaut: The Chinese closer to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop than the US


  • Chinese factories will produce the rolling stock and the Chinese ministry of railways will use its strong project management capabilities to manage projects. Chinese rolling stock will compete worldwide for orders and will have the comparative advantage of low pricing. An average kilometer of HSR track in China costs between $4.8 million USD (Jiaoji Line) to $32.7 million USD (Zhengxi Line), which is significantly less than the estimated $380 million USD to $ 625 million USD it will cost for laying down the British HSR2 project.
  • China also has plans to extend its HSR network to reach Europe as well as to Singapore through Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia. Construction of the Lanzhou–Urumqi High-Speed Railway (length 1,776 kilometers) is expected to reach completion by the end of 2014 and will be instrumental to reach its aspiration to connect to Western Europe. China is also conversing with 17 countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Kazakhstan to lay HSR tracks with its own capital for the exchange of natural resources from them. Once implemented, the networks will establish rail’s dominance in the freight modal share between Asia and Europe, as China does not want to move containers by ship in future (and have them accessed by Somalian pirates), rather sending these by rail to Europe, cutting the length of travel from the 35 to 45 days it takes by sea to 15 to 20 days.


High-speed train gets go ahead Two routes okayed in B741bn scheme

30 Jul 2014

  • The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has approved two high-speed train projects at a total cost of 741.4 billion baht. The two routes approved are intended to serve as a transport link between… Proposals for a high-speed train from Rayong to Nong Khai – and on to China – were first made in October, 2013, at an exhibition sponsored partly by China Railways. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)


How China’s high-altitude rail created an economic miracle

23 July 2014

  • The line they studied was the Qingzang link that connects Beijing to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Work on this link was undertaken completed in October 2006. At the beginning, only three trains ran: a Beijing–Lhasa service ran every day, and services between Chengdu and Shanghai and Lhasa every other day. In July 2010 the Shanghai–Lhasa service became daily, and a daily service between Xining and Lhasa was added.
  • The baseline results show that the Qingzang railway stimulated a 33% or so increase in economic activity in the “railway counties”. The estimate provides an aggregate effect of the gains resulting from the decrease in transportation costs and the more nebulous benefits of better access to goods, labour and technology. The importance of this research for China is immense.


China’s airlines, high-speed trains test Wi-Fi services


  • Following Hainan Airlines and Air China, China Eastern Airlines on July 23 officially opened the business test for its in-flight Wi-Fi, while the nation’s high-speed rail network last week obtained expert approval for its Wi-Fi system, suggesting getting online on the train will be possible soon, Shanghai’s National Business Daily reports.


All aboard: China’s railway dream

14 July 2014

  • Chinese media called their prime minister the country’s top railway salesman, and when he went to London last month and trumpeted the prowess of China’s railway builders, enthusiasts back home were quick to observe that China was turning the tables on one of the world’s first great railway nations.
  • On his tireless foreign travels, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang “the railway salesman” has already successfully pressed for contracts in Europe, Africa and South East Asia. Once famous as the world’s factory for low-technology and labour intensive products, China is now adding bullet trains to the mix, a symbol of its ability to shift up the technology ladder. Ambition doesn’t stop there. Not content with a high-speed grid at home and lucrative railway contracts abroad, Beijing is considering both funding and building high-speed lines from west China through Central Asia to Europe and from south-west China through South East Asia to Singapore.


China’s strategic rollout of high speed rail

June 20, 2014

  • Last year and this year, when visiting Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang strongly promoted Chinese high speed rail infrastructure and equipment. On June 17, when meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Li Keqiang suggested that China and Britain should actively cooperate in the areas of nuclear power, high speed rail and other infrastructure projects. Cameron agreed to strengthen cooperation on high speed rail with China. On the same day, “high speed rail” was included in the joint statement from the two countries.


Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries

July 10, 2014

  • According to the paper titled High-Speed Railways in China: A Look at Construction Costs, several factors influence the cost of a high speed rail project construction. The major factors include the line design speed, topography along the alignment, weather conditions, land acquisition costs, use of viaducts instead of embankments, the construction of major bridges across wide rivers, and the construction of mega stations.
  • The paper notes that construction cost of high speed rail in China tends to be lower than in other countries. China’s high speed rail with a maximum speed of 350 km/h has a typical infrastructure unit cost of about US$ 17-21m per km, with a high ratio of viaducts and tunnels, as compared with US$25-39 m per km in Europe and as high as US$ 56m per km currently estimated in California.


China Urban Rail Transit Industry Research Report 2014-2018

02 July 2014

  • In China, urban rail transit mainly includes subway and light rail. The first urban rail in China was built in Nanjing in the 1930s and dismantled after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The first urban rail of PRC was constructed in Beijing in the 1960s with the first line finished in 1969. The construction of urban rail transit speeds up in China in the 21st century. The number of urban rail lines in operation increased from 5 to 19 from 2002 to the end of 2013. Shanghai was ranked first with the operation mileage exceeding 530 kilometers while the mileage in Zhengzhou and Harbin was less than 30 kilometers. By the end of 2013, the total mileage of urban rail transit in operation exceeded 2,500 kilometers in China.


‘Made in China’ high-speed trains going global


  • Previously known as a manufacturing hub for low-technology and labor-intensive products, China has been increasingly moving up the technology ladder to become an exporter of hi-tech goods.
  • For instance, it is reported that China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR), the Asian nation’s largest train manufacturer, recently signed a contract with Macedonia’s national railway company to sell six bullet trains. The agreement follows deals made by China with several other Eastern European countries such as Romania and Hungary to build high-speed rail lines.


Thailand’s junta gives the nod to China high-speed rail project

Aug 12, 2014

  • China’s importance to the region was given another boost with the news that Thailand’s military junta has approved a 741.4 billion baht (€17.2 billion) project to connect two high-speed railways with China’s rail network by 2021. China has plans to build a 3,000km line stretching from Kunming in Yunnan province to Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia. The project is expected to boost the gross domestic products of China and the other countries involved by €280 billion, if it goes ahead as planned.


China outperforms Europe, completes fastest Angolan railway

August 15, 2014

  • China Railway Construction finished building the fastest railway in Angola on Wednesday. It is scheduled to enter service this year. “We won the Angolan railway tender on price and on the duration of the construction schedule,” says Liu Feng, head of China Railway Construction’s Angola railway project. The Europea quote was three to five times higher than ours.


Railway Project Ups Turkey-China Economic Ties


  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated the first high-speed train linking Ankara and Istanbul. The project is the first Chinese-produced high speed rail-line to be completed in a foreign country. “This railway has been built in the most complex geographical regions. I thank you for your work and contribution, as well as that from our friends and governments in China and Spain. “


China approves $8 billion inter-city rail plan: report

Jul 4, 2014

  • (Reuters) – China has approved a 50 billion yuan ($8.06 billion) plan to build an inter-city rail network in its western Shaanxi province as it looks to improve transport links in its less-developed inland regions, state-run regional media said. The project, approved by the National Development and Reform Commission on Thursday, will see the government invest in five projects to build 436 km (271 miles) of rail lines across Shaanxi’s Guanzhong region, the Shaanxi Daily newspaper said.


China’s High-Speed Rail Diplomacy Hits Full Speed with 20 countries in deep talks about high speed rail with China involvement

June 28, 2014

  • The latest progress came during Li’s three-day visit to Britain in mid-June. The two countries released a statement stating that they “agree to promote substantive cooperation on rail, including high-speed rail, in areas including design, engineering, construction, supply, operations and maintenance. A report by the International Union of Railways says 10 countries or regions around the world have high-speed rail operations and another 10 have begun planning to build networks. By 2025, the number of kilometers of high-speed rail tracks around the world is expected to double.


China to open new high-speed rail linking Taiyuan, Xi’an

Jun 28,2014

  • BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) — A high-speed rail link between north China’s Taiyuan city, and Xi’an in the west will start services on July 1. The 570-kilometer railway is part of the Datong-Xi’an high-speed line, and will shorten travelling time between the two cities to three hours from the previous 10 hours, according to the China Railway Corporation.


Top 10 high-speed trains in the world


  • The Chinese mainland is considering building a high-speed railway across the Siberia and Bering Strait to Alaska, across Canada to the US. In not so distant future, people can take the train from the mainland to the US, according to Beijing Times citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • No 2: Harmony CRH380A, Chinese mainland Maximum Operating Speed: 236 mph Record Speed: 302 mph Running on a more traditional track, the CRH380A has topped out at 302 mph, maxes out commercially at 236 mph and routinely runs at 217 mph. There are currently four models of the train serving different railroad lines in China.
  • No 1: Shanghai Maglev Train, Chinese mainland Maximum Operating Speed: 268 mph Record Speed: 311 mph The Shanghai Maglev train connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the Shanghai metro system. It has been recorded at a top speed of 311 mph and its top operating speed is 268 mph, making it the world’s fastest commercial train.


China to adopt new train operation plan


  • BEIJING – The China Railway Corporation (CRC) on Wednesday announced a new national train operation plan with more bullet trains, boosting the capacity of the country’s trunk lines and cargo service. The adjusted operation plan, effective as of July 1 this year, will raise the number of Chinese passenger trains in service to 4,894, of which 2,660 are CRH bullet trains. With 121 trains added to the operation plan, the trunk high-speed railways linking the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan will have greater capacity to move passengers from one city to another, the CRC said.


Chinese High-Speed Railway Test Promises Fast Access To Xinjiang, Growth, And Stability

June 09 2014

  • In the past, traveling options to China’s far-western Xinjiang province have been limited, and often involved arduous journeys. However, a successful test-run of a high-speed rail route promises faster, easier access to the region from provincial capital Urumqi to a network of other Chinese cities. According to state-run People’s Daily, a test run last week from Urumqi to Shanshan, another city within the province, set out to test the Xinjiang section of the railways. The trial run marks the first part of the railway and the countdown to full operation of the Lanzhou-Urumqi route which is expected to begin by the end of this year. The CRH2-061C train traveled at speeds between 103 to 172 miles an hour (up to 276 km/h).


China’s first driverless subway train on exhibition


  • (ECNS) — China’s first driverless subway train is on display at Rail+Metro China 2014 starting from Tuesday in Shanghai. The unmanned train rolled out by CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., LTD operates automatically, and can avoid driver mistakes caused by fatigue or sudden illness.


Rail+Metro China 2014, the 9th International Rail & Metro China Expo will be held in Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 17-19, 2014

June 10 2014

  • SHANGHAI, June 10, 2014 (ANTARA/PRNewswire) — Since its debut in 2002, Rail+Metro China has become the leading trade show in rail and urban mass transit industry in China. The event scale of Rail+Metro China 2014 reaches 20,000 sqm, with more than 180 renowned enterprises joining the event, highlighting CSR, CNR, Bombadier, Alstom, Knorr, ZTE, Vossloh, Thales Saic, Casco and ContiTech. The enterprises come from over 14 countries and regions, including Mainland China, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Britain, Spain, Austria, American, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and HKSAR.


The 2,900 km/h train: China could soon have maglev faster than commercial jet

May 17, 2014

  • Scientists at Southwest Jiaotong University in China have built a prototype testing platform for a near-vacuum high-speed maglev train that is theoretically capable of reaching speeds up to 2900 km/h or about 1,800 mph. Currently, the fastest commercially operated maglev reaches just 431 km/h and even the world record is just 581 km/hr. According to project lead Dr. Deng Zigang, this huge increase in speed is achieved through the lack of air resistance in the near-vacuum tunnel.


ANALYSIS: China-Russia-US Bering Strait Railroad Plan ‘Feasible’


  • WASHINGTON, May 13 (RIA Novosti) – A Chinese plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting China to the United States via Russia and Canada is entirely feasible, but it remains to be seen if the US and Russia can cooperate amid the Ukrainian crisis, US rail expert Hal Cooper told RIA Novosti. Cooper, of the Cooper Consulting Company in Kirkland, Washington, along with Alaskan businessman Fyodor Soloview, both said in separate interviews that recent Chinese government media reports revealing a plan to bore under the icy Bering Strait to connect Asia to North America were well-grounded.


China considers building a rail link to AMERICA: 8,000-mile journey would take less than two days and involve going through 125-mile undersea tunnel to Alaska

8 May 2014

  • China is considering building an 8,000-mile high-speed rail link to America that would take less than two days to travel. Travelling at around 217mph, the train would leave the north east of the country, run through Siberia and enter a 125-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait, the shortest crossing between Russia and Alaska. It would then resurface and head south through Canada, before reaching its destination in the US.


World’s highest railway tunnel opens in China

1 May, 2014

  • BEIJING: The world’s highest tunnel for high-speed trains in northwest China became operational today at an altitude of 3,607.4 metres. The 16.3-km-long was completely linked up, operationalising the line linking Gansu Province and Xinjiang provinces. With altitudes of up to 3,607.4 metres, the tunnel passes through the Qilian Mountains with two sections and a bridge.


China’s high-speed rail is so popular, it’s hurting the domestic airline industry

March 31, 2014

  • The high-speed rail system, on the other hand, has quickly grown to over 6,000 miles (9,700 km) in five years, and will expand to 19,000 kilometers (11,800 miles) by 2015. It is already transporting some 2 million passengers a day on trains that are rarely delayed, and which go nearly 200 miles an hour, twice as many passengers as domestic airlines.


China’s high-speed trains will use ‘Chinese chips’

April 22, 2014

  • China’s first 8-inch IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) chip production line, built by CSR (China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited) Zhuzhou base, will be put in operation in June 2014.


Comment: China’s high-speed rail dream begins to take flight

22 Apr 2014

  • China has been pursuing high-speed rail development as a series of hub-and-spoke “clusters” centred on Beijing in the north, Shanghai in the east, and Guangdong province (of which Guangzhou is the capital) in the south. In Shanghai’s case, this now means the city has rail links to China’s other eastern metropolises: Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Previously regarded as separate and distinct cities in their own right, they are now being integrated so that people can work, live and trade on a daily basis between them.


China develops bullet train for use in extreme cold

March 04, 2012

  • BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) — Chinese engineers have developed a new type of bullettrain that can withstand temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius, a researcher familiar with the train’s development said Sunday.


High-speed train system is a huge success for China

September 30, 2013

  • Just five years after China’s high-speed rail system opened, it is carrying nearly twice as many passengers each month as the country’s domestic airline industry. With traffic growing 28 percent a year for the last several years, China’s high-speed rail network will handle more passengers by early next year than the 54 million people a month who board domestic flights in the United States.