Test Runs on Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Intercity Railway Now Underway
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The new intercity railway linking Changsha, capital of central southern China’s province of Hu’nan (Mao’s home province), is nearing full completion, with test runs underway since 14 October 2016. What’s particularly special about this line is that it has the most underground rail stations in a single line.
Never mind it’s short (at 95.5 km or 59⅔ mi); it’s got 21 stations, has been built for speeds up to 200 km/h (125 mph; although initial operations will start at 160 km/h, or 100 mph), and around a third of the stations — that’s 8 in number — are underground.
12 of these stations on the entire line opening soon will be in the city of Changsha, with Zhuzhou home to 5, and Xiangtan home to 4. Over four-fifths of the line will either be on bridges (47 of them, totalling 53.45 km or nearly 33½ mi) or in tunnels (25 in all, totalling 31.86 km or nearly 20 mi). The longest tunnel, Shumuling, goes for 12.8 km (8 mi) — in one go.
When this new line opens, travel between Changsha and Zhuzhou or Xiangtan will take only 30 minutes from the main station in central Changsha. Tracks split between Xiangtan-bound and Zhuzhou-bound ones just after the station of Muyun.