Chongqing−Lichuan Railway

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Chongqing-Lichuan Railway
Type High-speed rail
Status Under construction
Locale People's Republic of China
Termini Chongqing North
Stations 9
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed
Line length 259.5 km (161 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 50Hz 25,000V
Operating speed 250 km/h (155 mph)
Maximum incline 9%
Chongqing-Lichuan Railway
Simplified Chinese 渝利铁路
Traditional Chinese 渝利鐵路
Chongqing-Lichuan Railway
Line length: 259.5 km (161 mi)
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
 To Yichang East via Yiwan Railway 
 To Wanzhou via Yiwan Railway 
Hanjiatuo Bridge
Fuling North
 To Wanzhou via Yuwan Railway 
Changshou North
 To Wanzhou via Dazhou 
Chongqing North
 To Chengdu East via Suiyu Railway 
The railway crossing the Yangtze over the Hanjiatuo Bridge.

The Chongqing-Lichuan Railway, or the Yuli Railway (simplified Chinese: 渝利铁路; traditional Chinese: 渝利鐵路; pinyin: Yú-Lì Tiělù) is a railway under construction in the Chinese province of Hubei and the municipality of Chongqing. The 244-km long railway will connect Chongqing North Railway Station with the Lichuan Station on the Yiwan Railway, becoming a section of the Huhanrong Passenger Dedicated Line, which extends to Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shanghai.[1]

The trains will be traveling on the Yuli line with the speed up to 200 km/h. It is said that when the Yuli Railway and the relevant sections of the Huhanrong mainline are completed, one will be able to travel from Chongqing to Shanghai in just 10 hours.[2] The line was opened to conventional rail traffic at the end of December 2013, full high speed services are not expected to commence until the end of June 2014.[3]

Construction history[edit]

Construction work started in the late 2008; the plans were for it to be completed within four years.[1] As of August 2012, it was expected that the railway will be completed by the end of 2013.[4]

A 139-meter tall pier of the railway's Caijiagou Bridge (蔡家沟特大桥), located in Fuling District, is said to be the world's tallest railway bridge pier.[4] The railway's Hanjiatuo Bridge over the Yangtze is said to have the longest main span (432 m) among the world's double-track railway cable-stayed bridges.[4]

Two sets of CRH2A high speed train-sets commenced testing of the completed Yuli railway line on December 11, 2013, from Chengdu to Chongqing. It was expected for the line to be opened by the end of December 2013.[5]

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