Jinghe–Yining–Khorgos Railway

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Yining train station.

The Jingyihuo Railway (精伊霍铁路), short for Jinghe–Yining–Khorgas Railway, is the first electrified railway in operation in Xinjiang, China. The line is 286 km in length and connects Jinghe, Yining and Khorgos.[1] The Jingyihuo Railway branches from the Northern Xinjiang Railway at Jinghe in the Junggar Basin, and heads south through the Tian Shan range into the Ili River Valley. Cities and towns along route include Jinghe, Nilka County, Yining County, Yining, Huocheng County, and Horgos, on the border with Kazakhstan.[2]

The line opened to trial operation in December 2009.[1][2] Passenger train service to the Yining Railway Station (43°58′00″N 81°16′30″E / 43.96667°N 81.27500°E / 43.96667; 81.27500) began in July 2010.[3] One of the three daily Ürümqi-Yining passenger trains (all running overnight) was extended to Khorgos in December 2013.[4]

On its way from the Dzungarian Basin (where the Northern Xinjiang Railway runs) to the Ili Valley (where Yining is), the railway crosses the Borohoro Mountain Range (one of the ranges of the Tian Shan) in the 13-km long North Tianshan Tunnel (北天山隧道).

The Jinghe–Yining section is electrified.

Connections[edit]

In December 2011, a 293-km railway on the Kazakhstan side of the border connected the Khorgos border crossing to Zhetigen terminal (near Almaty). A regular passenger service between Almaty and the Altynkol (Russian: Алтынколь) station on the Kazakh side of the border opposite Khorgos opened in September 2012.[5][6]

It is expected that the railway border crossing (freight port of entry) at Khorgos will become operational in the late 2012.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Chinese) "新疆首条电气化铁路-精伊霍铁路18日正式通车运营" 2009-12-19
  2. ^ a b (Chinese) "国家重点工程电气化铁路精伊霍铁路通车" 2009-12-18
  3. ^ (Chinese) "新疆:精伊霍铁路客运列车" 2010-07-02
  4. ^ 霍尔果斯往乌鲁木齐方向首趟客运列车正式开通 (The first Khorgos-Ürümqi passenger train started regular operations), 2013-12-26
  5. ^ Turan Express launches Almaty - Korgas passenger service, 2012-09-06
  6. ^ По ж/д магистрали «Жетыген-Хоргос» запущен первый пассажирский поезд (The first passenger train has started to run on the Zhetygen-Khorgos railway), 2012-09-04 (Russian)
  7. ^ 新疆霍尔果斯火车站获批成立 年底有望通车, 中国新闻网, 2012-11-23
  8. ^ Железнодорожный пункт пропуска Алтынколь - Хоргос откроется к концу 2012 года (The Altynkol-Khorgos railway border crossing will open by the end of 2012), 2012-08-28 (Russian)