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China Adjusts Train Schedule on September 21, 2017

China new railway schedule goes into effect today September 21, 2017. With the new schedule, the country’s railway network will meet challenges of extremely high traffic flow brought by the two holidays including China National Day Holiday and the Middle Autumn Festival Holiday as innumerous people would use their spare time to travel around. To meet the traffic rush, several regional railway administrations are prepared to add temporarily trains. Meanwhile, the country’s home made new high speed bullet train Fuxing running on Beijing – Shanghai High Speed Railway raises its speed today to an amazing speed at 350 km per hour to better serve the holiday rush..

More High Speed Trains to Debut

With the September 21 train schedule adjustment, some cargo trains and passenger trains are added on partial railway lines across the country which includes debut of direct high speed D trains and G trains between Guangzhou and Chaoshan, Changsha and Jiujiang, Zhengzhou and Nanchang, Nanchang and Lanzhou.

China Fuxing Bullet Train
Fuxing train, a home made high speed train of China

According to Zhengzhou Railway Administration, high speed trains G2043 and G2044 running between Zhengzhou and Nanchang take 5 hours and 27 minutes minimum to complete the one way journey, which is 6 hours and 32 minutes less in riding time than that of the regular train.

Guangzhou Railway Station launches a pair of EMU direct trains G1479/G1480 running between Changsha South Train Station and Jiujiang. It also increases frequency of trains running on Guangzhou – Zhuhai Intercity Rail by putting additional 16.5 pairs into service.

Beijing Railway Administration adds 3 pairs of trains for Zhengzhou and Luoyang directions to better serve the transportation peak season. They also upgrade 1 pair of weekend high speed trains to let them run daily to increase supply to meet huge demand of train service during the coming travel rush period.

Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Railway Put into Operation

Besides the increasement on number of operational trains, the adoption of new schedule on September 21, 2017 also means official opening of Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Rail. Operational time for trains run via this railway line will be further shortened hereafter.

Wuhan Jiujiang Railway Map
Map of Wuhan Jiujiang Passenger Railway

According to the press release, Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Railway has 26 pairs of EMU trains including 8 pairs of G trains in service initially, which is expected to further tighten economic and social connections between Hubei Province and Jiangxi Province.

By way of Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Railway, minimum train riding time between Nanchang and Wuhan, Nanchang and Beijing is reduced to 1 hour and 54 minutes, 6 hours and 17 minutes respectively. Train duration between Nanchang and Xian is even been cut to 6 hours and 40 minutes comparing more than 20 hours of riding time for regular trains.

In the new schedule, G859 and G860 running between Fuzhou and Xian are also introduced which makes the number of high speed train running between the two cities increased to four times. G859 and G860 do run through Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Railway.

High speed trains running from Fuzhou to Wuhan now start their way from Xiangpu Railway, pass across Changjiu Intercity Railway and finally move on Wuhan – Jiujiang Passenger Railway, and travel time by the high speed train from Fuzhou to Whan is subsequently reduced from 7 hours to 5 hours.

Fuxing Train to Run in Record-Breaking Speed

Fuxing bullet train, a home made high speed train which is now running exclusively on Beijing – Shanghai high speed railway has also speed up to 350 km per hour every since today. It will meet the first transportation peak season in following two holidays with the record-breaking speed.

Wuhan Railway Station
Wuhan Railway Station on Wujiu High Speed Railway

According to China Railway Corporation, 7 pairs of high speed trains on Beijing – Shanghai High Speed Railway has been leading others to run in the speed of 350 km per hour, which includes G1/G2, G3/G4, G5/G6, G7/G8, G9/G10, G13/G14, as well as G17/G18. Journey time is about 4 hours and a half from Beijing to Shanghai and vice versa.

Shanghai Railway Administration did a lot of prep works for the operational risk and management change on the 350 kmph train. As of today, 246 drivers have been licensed to drive Fuxing High Speed train and training works for drivers, mechanics and attendees have also been successfully completed.

Shanghai Railway Administration now has daily scheduled high speed trains of 656 pairs, which accounts for around 1/3 of total number of high speed trains in operation national wide.

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