China to Open Nearly 5,000 km of HSR Lines in 2019

At least 4,447 km. We’ve done the number crunching and this is how the figures look. So let’s hope you’ve a visa or residence permit valid for quite a while, because those new lines will connect you to many key destinations across China. (Why not an exact figure? The expansion of the Pearl River Delta/Greater… Continue reading China to Open Nearly 5,000 km of HSR Lines in 2019

China Railways Announces New Timetables to Take Effect on 10 April 2019

The Chinese railways have announced a substantial change to their timetables, to take effect on 10 April 2019. It is likely there will be further fine-tuning to come in the summer, in advance of an anticipated speedbump on the southern half of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong HSR. Here are the major improvements as per the national… Continue reading China Railways Announces New Timetables to Take Effect on 10 April 2019

Could Ji’nan West Become a 36-Platform Monster?

The Chinese WeChat and rail communities are talking about a massive expansion of Ji’nan West (济南西; Ji’nanxi) Railway Station — which, admittedly, can appear to be too much Zukunftsmusik during one of the station’s quieter hours, when the 17-platform present-day megahub looks quite expansive already. The new expansion of the station is likely to be just… Continue reading Could Ji’nan West Become a 36-Platform Monster?

Qingdao to Get New West Railway Station

The city of Qingdao will receive a fully new Qingdao West (Qingdaoxi) Railway Station. It’s “new”, because there is actually an existing Qingdao West station on the Jiaozhou-Ji’nan Railway, in Lancun, slightly due northwest, around 38 km (23¾ miles) away from Central Qingdao. The new station will be situated due southwest of the station, approximately… Continue reading Qingdao to Get New West Railway Station

Some Trains Serving Taian Railway Station (Shandong) Not Stopping at Station 10 Oct 2016 – 20 Mar 2017

Due to roadworks involving the exit of Tai’an Railway Station (泰安站) in Shandong, as well as also involving the Western Outer Ring Road by the station, Track 5 of Platform 1 at this station will be affected. As a result, the following 10 train services will not be stopping at Tai’an station from 00:30 on… Continue reading Some Trains Serving Taian Railway Station (Shandong) Not Stopping at Station 10 Oct 2016 – 20 Mar 2017

Track Laying Begins on Shandong Section of Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan High Speed Railway

You might have seen the action if you were passing by on the Beijing-Shanghai HSR between Dezhou and Ji’nan: there’s another HSR line being built! This new line, the Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan HSR, is slightly slower (250 km/h / 157 mph instead of 350-380 km/h / 217-237 mph), has slightly more stations (around 2-3 more than the… Continue reading Track Laying Begins on Shandong Section of Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan High Speed Railway

Works on New Ji’nan-Qingdao HSR To Start in Earnest Soon

The new, faster (350 km/h / 217 mph) connection from Ji’nan to Qingdao will soon get built in earnest, following reports from local and railway media and regional authorities. The new line will be ready by 2018, and will not only cut travel time from Ji’nan to Qingdao to just around an hour (instead of… Continue reading Works on New Ji’nan-Qingdao HSR To Start in Earnest Soon

Guizhou Part of Shanghai-Kunming HSR Expected to Open 16 June 2015

UPDATE: This line will now open on 18 June 2015 with only limited service until 01 July 2015. The title of this item has also been updated from the previous title, Guizhou Part of Shanghai-Kunming HSR to Open on 16 June 2015. [Updated 17 June 2015] The Guizhou part of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR will be… Continue reading Guizhou Part of Shanghai-Kunming HSR Expected to Open 16 June 2015

Extra Qingdao-Ji’nan East Trains for Late May and Early June 2015

There will be extra trains running between Qingdao and Ji’nan East (Ji’nandong) on 29 May 2015, 31 May 2015, 05 June 2015, and 07 June 2015, according to information from Ji’nan Rail. Extra Train D9465 (Ji’nan East – Qingdao) Ji’nan East (Ji’nandong): departure 19:29 Zibo: arrival 20:08, departure 20:10 Weifang: arrival 20:46, departure 20:48 Qingdao… Continue reading Extra Qingdao-Ji’nan East Trains for Late May and Early June 2015

New Zhengzhou-Ji’nan HSR Route Confirmed via Xinxiang, Puyang, and Liaocheng

This update is from peoplerail.com. This is the official national railway Web portal for China. A new, 350 km/h (217 mph) HSR line linking Zhengzhou (郑州), capital of the province of He’nan (河南) in central China, with Ji’nan (济南), provincial capital of Shandong (山东) in eastern China, is being planned and has had its route… Continue reading New Zhengzhou-Ji’nan HSR Route Confirmed via Xinxiang, Puyang, and Liaocheng