Introducing Tracking China FrontLines

Nope, we don’t regard the train tracks as “the military line” or “part of an army that is closest to the enemy”, in case you looked up “front line” up in the dictionary. But hey, to this site, bringing you up-to-the-minute updates is seen as a “must” rather than a “probably can-do”. Every so often,… Continue reading Introducing Tracking China FrontLines

Works on Beijing Subway Line 6 Western Extension Move Ahead in Earnest

The present-day westernmost station on Line 6 is still Haidian Wuluju, which is just a few hundred metres shy of the western 4th Ring Road. However, this isn’t the final “end” for Line 6, which, in a few years’ time (as of yet, there is still no confirmed timetable for this bit) will extend to… Continue reading Works on Beijing Subway Line 6 Western Extension Move Ahead in Earnest

Beijing is Thinking About Subway Line 17

If Line 16 is the new rapid transit line western Beijing had been praying for, the same would apply for Tiantongyuan in the form of Line 17. Line 14 terminates at Shan’gezhuang — not too far from “sleepytown” Tiantongyuan. Never mind that part of Beijing has three Beijing Subway stations: lines are still very scary… Continue reading Beijing is Thinking About Subway Line 17

Shanghai Metro by 2020: 506 Stations, 804 Kilometres

Although a little less impressive than Beijing’s plans (1,000+ km by 2020), China’s largest city is still not giving up its city metro network any time soon. The network is planned to grow to around twice the size of the London system by 2020. Stats released by Shanghai Metro detail the developments: Late 2014: 337… Continue reading Shanghai Metro by 2020: 506 Stations, 804 Kilometres

Beijing: Ciqikou Subway Station Closed 16 Nov 2014 – 20 Dec 2014

Beijing will open the new, west-east Subway Line 7 in late 2014. The new line will connect to existing lines, including the busy Subway Line 5. The connection here will be made at Ciqikou station (地铁磁器口站), where riders will be free to change between Lines 5 and 7. In preparation for this, Beijing Subway has… Continue reading Beijing: Ciqikou Subway Station Closed 16 Nov 2014 – 20 Dec 2014

Beijing-Shenyang HSR Works Underway with Start of Tunnel Building in Liaoning

The long-anticipated Beijing-Shenyang High Speed Railway is now being built and should be reality within 5 years, according to reports from China Railway Corporation and the Xinhua News Agency. On 06 March 2014, works on the Sanlingshan Tunnel in Liaoning, 8.888 km (around 5 1/2 miles) in length, got underway. At present, HSR trains from… Continue reading Beijing-Shenyang HSR Works Underway with Start of Tunnel Building in Liaoning

Zhengzhou-Xuzhou HSR Sees Finalized Plans for Dangshan South Station

In brief:Planning and works continue on the Zhengzhou-Xuzhou HSR with a midway station, Dangshan South, finalized. The route of the 362.39 km-long Zhengzhou-Xuzhou HSR is being finalized as more HSR works sites in China get back to work. This very HSR line is the easternmost stretch of the eventual Ürumqi–Xuzhou HSR, which leaves eastern China’s… Continue reading Zhengzhou-Xuzhou HSR Sees Finalized Plans for Dangshan South Station

What To Expect From China Railways in 2011

You may have blinked: in early January 2011 the Chinese Nationwide Railway Conference was held where the railway boss, Liu Zhijun, mixed both the interesting (what’s to be expected this year for China’s railway system) with the boring (all that political propaganda). If you were watching the feed via Chinese Central TV, you got fed… Continue reading What To Expect From China Railways in 2011