Rail/Highspeed Trains Part 2

China CRRC to supply trains to Czech Republic


  • A Chinese train maker has signed a deal to sell multiple unit trains to the Czech Republic, the first such deal with an EU member. The trains can operate at a speed of 160 km/h and will be compatible with railways in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, according to Liao Hongtao, vice general manager of CRRC Zhuzhou.


China-Thailand railway to begin construction in early 2017

December 18, 2016

  • The planned China-Thailand railway linking the Thai-Lao border with Bangkok will benefit Thailand as the high-speed railway is expected to improve local people’s livelihood, the Thai transport minister said. He believed that once the traveling time from Bangkok to cities along the railway is cut to one or two hours, these cities with railway stations may have a great chance to attract more people and investment becasue of the high living costs in Bangkok.


Kenya’s economy expects major boost from Chinese-built railway


  • The construction of a Chinese-built railway in Kenya has entered its final phase. Kenyan officials and observers are suggesting the project will significantly add to the country’s economic growth prospects once it is operational in 2018.


China high speed rail expanding with projects in Australia and Europe and development of faster maglev trains

November 28, 2016

  • China’s CRRC corporation has announced its beginning research and development into a 600km / h high-speed maglev train, which would bring the travel time from Beijing to Shanghai down to only take 2 and half hours, about the same as taking a plane.


China approves $36-billion railway plan for Jing-Jin-Ji megacity

Nov 28, 2016

  • China has approved a 247-billion-yuan ($36-billion) railway plan to improve transport links between the capital Beijing, the port city of Tianjin, and the neighboring province of Hebei, part of plans to integrate the three areas into a mega-city. The plan will span nine projects that total 1,100 km (683 miles) in length, the country’s powerful economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said in an online statement on Monday.


China backs Serbian railway modernisation

09 Nov 2016

  • China Railway International, China Communications Construction Co and Serbia’s Minister of Construction, Transport & Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlović signed a US$319m agreement on November 5 for the modernisation of the 34·5 km Beograd – Stara Pazova section of the Beograd – Budapest route.


China’s 600 km/h maglev train test line expects completion in 2021


  • China’s 600 km/h maglev (magnetic levitation) train project, launched earlier this year, is in full swing. Jia Limin, head of China’s high-speed rail innovation program, said a high-speed maglev test line with a length of no less than 5 kilometers under the project is expected to be completed by 2021.


China has high speed rail and other development deals in Serbia, Hungary and Malaysia

November 08, 2016

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang just concluded a trip to Latvia, where the 16+1 bloc signed a deal for a high speed railway line between Belgrade and Budapest. One of China’s largest transport firms will be involved. China and Malaysia on Tuesday signed agreements on railways, energy, defense, and joint development of Malaysia’s naval ships, during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing.


China’s maglev transit initiative picks up steam


  • China’s largest railway enterprise has shelled out 2 billion yuan to establish the country’s first magnetic levitation, or maglev, transportation company, marking the country’s push to speed up its industrialization and commercial maglev infrastructure, Thepaper.cn reported. China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has established its subsidiary, China Railway Maglev Transportation Investment & Construction Co., LTD (CRMT), located in Wuhan, Hubei province. The subsidiary carries out research on maglev technology for passenger and cargo transportation, in addition to planning, managing, building and investing in maglev projects.


Chinese firm launches R&D on 600 km/h maglev train


  • A Chinese firm will start researching and developing a magnetic levitation (maglev) train that can run 600 km per hour, which would be faster than any other maglev train currently in operation. The company will also develop maglev trains that travel at 200 km/h, with the goal of establishing domestic technology and standard systems for new-generation medium- and high-speed maglev transportation that can be applied globally, said Sun Bangcheng, a CRRC official.


China adds fuel to speed up ‘Railway Express’ to Europe

Oct 12, 2016

  • China’s state planner has drawn up a five-year plan to develop the China Railway Express to Europe, improving customs clearance and infrastructure, it said on Wednesday. The network was crucial to China’s “One Belt, One Road” policy, spearheaded by President Xi Jinping to increase connectivity and cooperation between China and the rest of Eurasia, it said.


China to upgrade Pakistan rail network


  • Pakistan said China’s help in upgrading its railway system would help both the country and the region. Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, China will help Pakistan upgrade its railway system, starting with the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line, or Main Line 1 (ML1). “The ML1 is another milestone of the China-Pakistan Economy Corridor,” Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Federal Minister for Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.


Ethiopia to open $4bn Chinese-built railway

September 29, 2016

  • Construction of a Chinese-funded electric railway, linking Ethiopia’s capital along its main trading route to neighboring Djibouti, has been completed, providing the African nation with much-needed improved rail access to a seaport, The Wall Street Journal reports. The $4 billion project, implemented by China Railway Engineering Corp. and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp. will be commissioned next month. The government is pinning its hopes on the freight and passenger transportation project, which was started three years ago, to boost robust economic growth that has outstripped regional peers in recent years. Driven by cash-crop fueled agriculture and a growing urban population, Ethiopia posted average economic growth of 9.8% a year during the first half of this decade. The landlocked nation close has closely followed China’s economic and political model.


China to build deepest, largest high-speed rail station at Great Wall

Sep 28, 2016

  • China will build the world’s deepest and largest high-speed railway station at a popular section of the country’s Great Wall, as part of its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics, state media reported on Thursday. The station will be at Badaling, the most visited section of the Great Wall which lies about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Beijing. The site received 30,000 tourists in just one day during the Chinese New Year holiday week, according to the China National Tourism Administration.


China’s Fosun to invest in $6.9 billion Chinese high-speed rail project

Sep 28, 2016

  • Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd (0656.HK) said on Thursday it will invest in a 46.2 billion yuan ($6.92 billion) private-partnership project (PPP) to build a high-speed rail link, becoming the first private firm to take part in a Chinese high-speed rail project. China’s government is keen to lure private capital to infrastructure projects to alleviate the debt burden of local authorities, and has promised policies to support PPPs.


Nepal urges China to expand railway network to more border points: official


  • Nepal has requested China to consider expanding its railway network to different border points besides the planned expansion to Kerung (Geelong port), said a senior official of Nepal’s Commerce Ministry. “We asked the Chinese authorities in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to consider expanding its railway to other border points during the Nepal-Tibet Trade Facilitation Committee meeting held in Lhasa last week,” said Rabi Shankar Sainju, a joint secretary of Nepal’s Commerce Ministry, who led the Nepali delegation for the talks.


China developing 500km/h trains to lead export of high-speed rail technology

25 September, 2016

  • China is designing its next generation of trains that can carry passengers at a top speed of 500km/h and cargo at 250km/h with wheels that can adjust to fit different track gauges used around the world. Using the enhanced technology and expanded network, “China will have the experience to operate high-speed rail networks in the world’s most diverse geographic and climatic conditions, from deserts to alpine plateaus to rainforests”, said Jia during an interview in Hong Kong.


Thailand, China agree on $5 billion cost for rail project’s first phase

Sep 21, 2016

  • China and Thailand agreed on Wednesday that the first phase of a planned high-speed railway project will cost 179 billion baht ($5.15 billion), Thailand’s transport minister said, with both countries calling for closer ties following rocky negotiations. The 873 km (542 miles) rail line will link Thailand’s border with Laos to the ports and industrial zones in Thailand’s east.


Sino-Thai rail project put back on track

15 Sep 2016

  • Construction for the first phase of the Sino-Thai high-speed railway is expected to begin in the second quarter of next year as bilateral talks between the two governments are wrapping up, says Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong.


China’s high speed railway exceeds 20,000 km

September 10, 2016

  • A high-speed railway linking Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan Province with Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu Province opened Saturday. The 360-km line connects high-speed railway in the west with two major north-south lines, helping cut travel time between the west and east. The travel time between Xi’an and Shanghai is cut to six hours from nearly 11 hours.


China, Hungary, Serbia discuss high-speed rail line

Sep 9, 2016

  • China, Hungary and Serbia on Friday held a fifth trilateral meeting on a project to modernise and reconstruct the rail line from Belgrade to Budapest.The three countries’ working groups worked towards agreeing on technical and technology-related matters associated with high-speed rail lines as the rail line will be designed to allow speeds up to 200 km/h.


Sino-Thai high-speed railway now on track

August 23, 2016

  • AFTER A LONG DELAY, the Sino-Thai high-speed railroad scheme looks set to shift into gear by year-end with Thailand funding all of the civil engineering work. The Cabinet Tuesday gave the nod to a framework of cooperation between the Thai and Chinese governments to develop high-speed railways from Map Ta Phut to Nong Khai and Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi.


China’s $5.13 bn high-speed rail project in Indonesia gets permit: Report

August 22, 2016

  • China’s high-speed rail project in Indonesia has received all permits and the project could be completed in three years, according to the People’s Daily of China. A China-Indonesia joint venture, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project would be Indonesia’s first high-speed railway. It was conceptualised seven months ago. According to experts, the rail project should be completed in three years, though there are apprehensions of delay. Reports said that developer of the project, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), has received construction permit for the entire 142- km stretch. KCIC is a consortium of China railway Corp (CRC) and four state-owned companies of Indonesia.


China’s high-speed train maker launches operations in India

August 21, 2016

  • China’s largest high speed train maker has announced that its first USD 63.4 million joint venture plant in India to repair and manufacture railway locomotive engines has started operations. The state-run China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) is the first foreign company to set up assembly line of rail transportation equipment in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled his ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign in 2014, the company said in statement.


China-standard bullet trains start operation

August 15, 2016

  • THE China Railway Corporation announced on Monday that its “China Standard” bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMUs), have started operation in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Train No. G8041 departed from Dalian for Shenyang, capital of Liaoning on Monday. It is the first passenger service using China Standard EMU trains, said Zhou Li, head of technological management at the China Railway Corporation, the national rail operator.


Nigeria flags off new standard gauge train service

July 26, 2016

  • Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday flagged off commercial train services on the country’s first ever standard gauge rail track linking the capital Abuja with the northern city of Kaduna.


China to Construct $19.4 Billion Railway in Nigeria

Jul 2, 2016

  • China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC), one of the subsidiaries of China Railway Construction Corporation, a state-owned construction enterprise, will undertake the construction work of a $ 19.4 billion railway project and the work will last two to three years, said Amaechi in the interview.