Harbin-Dalian High Speed Railway to Enter Service on 01 December 2012

China’s first HSR line to run through freezing climates in the Great Northeast will be opened on 01 December 2012. The line runs for 921 km and goes through Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang provinces.

This will be China’s very first HSR line in such freezing conditions — and at the same time, it will also be a world first. It has to travel through temperatures of -40°C, sometimes with snow as deep as 30 cm.

For safety reasons, the Harbin-Dalian HSR will therefore initially only run at 200 km/h for the winter months. It will run at 300 km/h over the summer, as usual. The design speed of the new line, however, has remained at 350 km/h.

The trains used on this line will be the all-new CRH380B trains, and in addition, 103.5 “pairs” of regular rail trains have been kept on the Harbin-Dalian Railway.

Stations on this new line are:

  • Harbin West
  • Shuangcheng North
  • Fuyu North
  • Dehui West
  • Changchun
  • Changchun West
  • Gongzhuling South
  • Siping East
  • Changtu West
  • Kaiyuan West
  • Tieling West
  • Shenyang North
  • Shenyang
  • Liaoyang
  • Anshan West
  • Haicheng West
  • Yingkou East
  • Gaizhou West
  • Bayuquan
  • Wafangdian West
  • Puwan
  • Dalian North
  • Dalian

The line forms part of the Beijing-Harbin High Speed Railway. The connection from Beijing to Shenyang has not yet been built.

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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