Beijing–Hankou Railway

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The old Dazhimen Station (大智门火车站), the original Hankou terminus of the Jinghan railway. Constructed in 1900-1903, it was closed in 1991, after the opening of the present Hankou Railway Station

The Beijing–Hankou or Jinghan Railway (simplified Chinese: 京汉铁路; traditional Chinese: 京漢鐵路; pinyin: Jīnghàn Tiělù), also Peking–Hankow Railway, was the name of the railway in China from Beijing to Hankou, Hubei Province built in 1905. In 1957, after the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge was completed, the Beijing-Hankou Railway was connected to the Canton–Hankow Railway and the two railways became collectively known as the Beijing-Guangzhou (Jingguang) Railway. Before the bridge was built, cross-country trains had to be ferried across the Yangtze River in Wuhan between Hankou on the north bank and Wuchang on the south bank. The crossing could take up to an entire day.

From 1928 to 1945, when Beijing was known as Beiping, the Beijing-Hankou Railway was known as the Beiping-Hankou or Pinghan Railway. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese advance into central China was known as the Beiping–Hankou Railway Operation.

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