Jilin–Hunchun intercity railway

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Jilin–Hunchun intercity railway
吉珲客运专线
ChinaRailwayHighspeed.svg
Overview
TypeHigh-speed rail
StatusOperational
LocaleJilin City and Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture
Jilin
TerminiJilin City
Hunchun
Stations9
Operation
OpenedSeptember 30, 2015
Operator(s)China Railway High-speed
Technical
Line length359 km (223 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Minimum radius4,000 to 3,500 m (13,123 to 11,483 ft)
Electrification50 Hz 25,000 V
Operating speed250 km/h (155 mph)
Route map
Jilin–Hunchun intercity railway
Simplified Chinese吉珲客运专线
Traditional Chinese吉琿客運專線

Jilin–Hunchun intercity railway, also known as Jihun Passenger Dedicated Line, is a high-speed railway operated by China Railway High-speed in Jilin Province. It connects the major city of Jilin City with the eastern city of Hunchun near the border with Russia and North Korea. It will have a total length of 359 km (223 mi) of electrified double-track railways, built to the Grade 1 standard. Project construction started on October 30, 2010, with operations commencing on September 20, 2015.[1][2][3] The railway has been described as "Dongbei's most beautiful railway" (due to the terrain it runs through) and "the fastest way to Vladivostok" (4 hours by train from Shenyang to Hunchun, plus 4 hours by bus from Hunchun to Vladivostok).[4] Reflecting the border location of the city, the new train station has its sign in four languages: Chinese, Korean, Russian, and English.[5] Future prospects could see the line extended to Vladivostok.

History[edit]

  • July 26, 2010: the project is eligible for the National Development and Reform Commission approval.[6]
  • October 30, 2010: the project officially started.[7]
  • September 20, 2015: officially opened.

Route[edit]

Line starting from Jilin City, the railway runs eastward towards Jiaohe. Crossing into Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture the railway moves through Dunhua, Antu County, Yanji, Tumen and finally ending in Hunchun. The railway length is 359 km (223 mi), with a total investment of about 41.6 billion yuan. There are 106 bridges along the route with a total length of 87 km (54 mi), 86 tunnels account for a total length of 149 km (93 mi). Thus combined, bridges and tunnels cover more than 66% of the total route.[8]

Stations[edit]

Nine stations are located along the route.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 长珲高铁20日全线开通 长春到延吉只需2小时05分 (in Chinese). 新文化报. September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  2. ^ 吉图珲客运专线供电系统实施静态验收 (in Chinese). Science and Tech Daily.
  3. ^ "吉图珲客运专线开通"主题歌词征集活动 (in Chinese). Yanbian Net.
  4. ^ 吉图珲高铁今试跑 国庆有望通车. huochepiao.com (in Chinese). June 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Schmitz, Rob (November 16, 2015). "China bets big on border town with Russia, North Korea".
  6. ^ 延边日报:吉珲高速铁路获批进入实质性操作阶段 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  7. ^ 吉林日报:吉珲铁路客运专线开工 孙政才宣布工程开工 (in Chinese). Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  8. ^ 新文化报:吉吉林至珲春铁路客运专线开工 (in Chinese). Retrieved November 1, 2010.