Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway

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Hangzhou–Fuzhou–Shenzhen
High-Speed Railway
Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Section
杭福深高速铁路甬台温段
China Railways logo
Railway Bridge on Fenghua River.JPG
Yongtaiwen Railway Bridge over the Fenghua River
Overview
Type Heavy rail
System China Railway High-speed
Status Active
Termini Ningbo
Wenzhou
Stations 13 (12 active)
Operation
Operator(s) China Railways
Technical
Line length 275 km (171 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
to Xiaoshan–Ningbo Railway
to Shanghai on Hangyong PDL
0 km Ningbo
5 km Ningbo East
to Beilun Railway
38 km Fenghua
72 km Ninghai
106 km Sanmen
124 km Linhai
152 km Taizhou
152 km Taizhounan
176 km Wenling
East China Sea
200 km Yandangshan
222 km Shenfang
240 km Yueqing
257 km Yongjia
Ou River
Jinhua–Wenzhou Railway
Wenzhou
275 km Wenzhou South
to Shenzhen on Wenfu Railway
The Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou Railway on the coast of Zhejiang Province.

The Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway (simplified Chinese: 甬台温铁路; traditional Chinese: 甬台溫鐵路; pinyin: Yǒngtāiwēn Tiělù) is a dual-track, electrified, high-speed rail line in Zhejiang Province on the eastern coast of China. The line, also known as the Yongtaiwen Railway, is named after the three primary cities along route: Ningbo, whose abbreviated Chinese name is Yong, Taizhou and Wenzhou. The line has a total length of 282.4 kilometres and forms part of China's Southeast Coast High-Speed Rail Corridor.[1] Construction began in October 2005, and the line opened to commercial service on September 28, 2009. Trains running on the line reach top speeds of 250 kilometres per hour, and the shortest trip between Ningbo and Wenzhou takes 1 hour 12 minutes.[1]

Route[edit]

The Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway follows the rugged but prosperous coast of Zhejiang. Major cities and towns along route include Fenghua, Ninghai, Sanmen, Linhai, Taizhou, Huangyan, Luqiao, Wenling, Yueqing, Yongjia, and Ouhai.[1] At Ningbo, the line joins the Xiaoshan-Ningbo Railway and the Hangzhou-Ningbo Passenger Dedicated Line. At Wenzhou, the line joins the Wenzhou-Fuzhou Railway.

Here you can see the Wenzhou Train Station of the Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway line.

History[edit]

The Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway is the first railway to be built on the east coast of Zhejiang. Most high-speed rail lines in China follow the routes of older conventional railroads, but there were no railways on the southeast coast prior to the building of high-speed rail. Historically, the southeast coastal region relied on maritime transportation, and rugged terrain made railway construction more expensive. In the first half of the 20th century, warfare and political instability delayed railway construction. During the Cold War, the southeast coast faced the threat of invasion from Republic of China on Taiwan and all railways were built inland. Only when political tensions across the Taiwan Strait eased in the late 1990s did planning of the Yongtaiwen Line proceed. Construction began commenced in 2005 and track-laying was completed on May 15, 2009.[1] Commercial service began on September 28, 2009.

Accident[edit]

On 23 July 2011, CRH train D3115, running from Hangzhou to Fuzhou South came to a halt over a viaduct near Wenzhou South after losing its power. Shortly afterwards, CRH train D301, running from Beijing South to Fuzhou, rear-ended the stationary D3115. The accident led to 35 deaths and 211 injured, raising concerns about the safety of the fast-expanding high-speed railway network of China.[2]

Rail connections[edit]

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Coordinates: 28°00′48″N 120°35′24″E / 28.01333°N 120.59000°E / 28.01333; 120.59000