Beijing Suburban Railway

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Locale Beijing
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of stations 6
Began operation August 6, 2008
Operator(s) Beijing Railway Bureau
System length 82 km (51 mi)
Simplified Chinese 北京市郊铁路
Traditional Chinese 北京市郊鐵路

BCR (Beijing City Rail) also known as Beijing Suburban Railway is a commuter rail service that connects urban Beijing with outlying districts and counties beyond the reach of the city's Beijing Subway network. The "S"-numbered suburban rail lines are managed by the Beijing Railway Bureau, an agency of the Ministry of Railways that is not affiliated with the Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd, the municipal company that operates the subway. Hence, the S-Lines run on separate tracks and stations and have a different fare schedule from the subway. There is only one suburban railway line currently in operation, the S2. A total of six S-lines are planned to be built by 2020.

S-Line in operation[edit]

A Type NDJ3 S2 Line Train near Qinglongqiao.

The S2 Line, which runs from Beijing North Railway Station to Huailai County in Zhangjiakou, Hebei was the first S-line to enter into operation. It opened on 6 August 2008.[1]

Line & Colour Terminals
Opened Length
Line S2 Beijing North
(Xicheng, Beijing)
Yanqing (Yanqing County, Beijing)
Shacheng (Huailai County, Hebei)
6 August 2008 77.07 9

S-Lines under planning[edit]

The S1 Line, also known as the Mentougou Line , currently in the advanced planning stages, will run from Mentougou District west of the city to Pingguoyuan, the western termini of Line 1 and Line 6 of the Beijing Subway.[2] Construction was originally expected to begin in 2009, but was delayed to February 2011.[3][4][5]

On August 10, 2009, the Beijing Municipal Railway Transport Construction Management Company announced that the Mentougou Line would be completed as a low-speed Maglev line, operating fully Chinese-made sets. Its maximum speed will be 160 km/h (99 mph). The expected date for the start of trial operations is 2015.[6] Construction of the line began on 28 February 2011.[7]

According to plans as of August 2008, there will be six S-Lines by 2020 with a total length of 360 km (220 mi) that will span from the city centre to Mentougou, Miyun, Pinggu, Shunyi, Huangcun, and Fangshan.[8][9]

line area
route description length
Line S1 (Mentougou Line) western suburbs From Wulu in Haidian District west to Mentougou District, via Tiancun, Shijingshan 27 const.
began in Feb 2011
Line S3 northeast suburbs From Beijing South Station to Miyun County via Beijing East Railway Station, Shunyi, Huairou. 100 planning
Line S3 (Branch) Pinggu County Branches from S3 Line at Renhe Township in Shunyi District to Jinhai Lake in Pinggu County. 60 planning
Line S4 southern suburbs From Beijing South Station to Huangcun in Daxing District via Caoqiao and Huangtugang. 23 planning
Line S5 southwest suburbs From Beijing South Station to Zhoukoudian in Fangshan District via Fengtai, Changxindian, and Liangxiang. 64 planning
Line S6 southern and eastern suburbs 11 suburban townships including Yizhuang, Tongzhou and Shunyi. 100+ planning
Line S7 northwest and southeast suburbs 100+ planning

See also[edit]