Chongqing–Lichuan railway

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Chongqing–Lichuan railway
TypeHigh-speed rail,
Heavy rail
LocaleChongqing and Hubei
TerminiChongqing North
Operator(s)China Railway High-speed
Line length259.5 km (161 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification50Hz 25,000V
Operating speed200 km/h (124 mph)
Maximum incline9%
Route map
Hanjiatuo Bridge
Fuling North
Left arrow To Wanzhou via Yuwan railway
Changshou North
Left arrow To Wanzhou via Dazhou
Chongqing North
Chongqing–Lichuan railway
Simplified Chinese渝利铁路
Traditional Chinese渝利鐵路
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 connecting central Chongqing with the Hubei city of Lichuan. The 244-km long railway, connecting Chongqing North railway station with the Lichuan Station on the Yiwan railway, is a section of the Huhanrong Passenger Dedicated Line, which extends to Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shanghai.[1]


Together with the Hankou–Yichang and Yichang–Lichuan sections of the Huhanrong mainline, the Chongqing–Lichuan line forms what was, until the completion of the Xi'an–Chengdu high-speed railway, the only high-speed rail connection between the Sichuan Basin and the rest of China. It carries numerous high-speed trains running between the cities of the Sichuan Basin (Chengdu and Chongqing) and various destinations in the central and eastern China.

The trains are traveling on the Yuli line with the speed up to 200 km/h (120 mph). It was said that when the Yuli railway and the relevant sections of the Huhanrong mainline are completed, one would be able to travel from Chongqing to Shanghai in just 10 hours.[2] As of mid-2015, no service this fast seem to exist yet (there is no G-series train directly to Shanghai), but several D-series trains do make it from Chongqing to Shanghai in 13–15 hours.[3] There are also G-series trains running from Chongqing to Beijing (2,078 km or 1,291 mi) in 12.5 hours (G309).[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]

The Chongqing–Lichuan line was opened to conventional rail traffic at the end of December 2013, and full high speed services were expected to commence by the end of June 2014.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 渝利铁路今天开工 今后重庆八小时可达上海 [Construction Work on the Yuli Railway starts today. After [completion], one will be able to get from Chongqing to Shanghai in 8 hours.]. December 29, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy" 韩家沱大桥合龙 两年后主城坐火车1小时到石柱. June 27, 2011. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Chongqing North schedule Archived 2015-03-20 at the Wayback Machine, as of May 2015 (in Chinese)
  4. ^ a b c 渝利铁路139米世界最高 成都到上海时间缩短 [Yu-Li Railway's world's highest 139 m [pillar]; will shorten Chengdu-Shanghai travel time] (in Chinese). August 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Yuli Railway operates CRH trains". December 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Chongqing-Wuhan CRH trains to be put into service". February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.