Line S2, BCR

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Line S2, BCR
Type Commuter rail
System BCR
Status Operational
Termini Beijing North
Yanqing (Nancaiyuan) or Shacheng
Stations 9
Opened 6 August 2008
Owner China Railways
Operator(s) Beijing Suburban Railway
Rolling stock NDJ3
Line length 77.07 km
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Operating speed 160 km/h

Line S2 (simplified Chinese: S2线; traditional Chinese: S2線; pinyin: S Èr Xiàn) is the first line of Beijing Suburban Railway (BCR) to begin operation.[2] The train locomotives are marked "Harmony; Great Wall Type" (Chinese: 和谐 长城号; pinyin: Héxié Chángchéng Háo). Opened on August 6, 2008, it runs from the Beijing North Railway Station in Xicheng District to Badaling in Yanqing District, following the old Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, and provides faster, more frequent and convenient service than preexisting trains. The line is currently 82 kilometres (51 mi) in length with six stations and one branch line. Once the Beijing–Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway is completed most likely Line S2 services will be transferred to the new line.


Station Name Connections Distance
English Chinese
Beijing North Railway Station 北京北站 Beijing Subway  2   4   13  via Xizhimen) Xicheng
Qinghuayuan 清华园 Haidian
Qinghe 清河
Huangtudian (Temporary) 黄土店 Beijing Subway  8   13  via Huoying) 0.00 0.00 Changping
Changping 昌平 21.79 21.79
Nankou 南口 9.25 31.04
Badaling 八达岭 21.19 52.23 Yanqing
Yanqing (Nancaiyuan) 延庆(南菜园) 15.75 67.98
Kangzhuang 康庄 9.31 77.29 Yanqing
Shacheng 沙城 35.45 112.74 Huailai Co.
(Zhangjiakou, Hebei)

Trains can reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph). A trip from the north station to the Badaling Great Wall takes about 1 hour and 22 minutes. Seven other stations including Dongyuan (东园) are being renovated for this line.[3] There are regular departures throughout the day from Beijing North, with an average of one train per hour during operating hours.[4] A one-way ticket costs ¥6. Tickets can be purchased from ticket offices of stations along route on the day of travel only. The Beijing Transit card is accepted on this route.[5] Train identification numbers are prefixed with the letter 'S'. The line primarily serves tourists traveling to the Great Wall of China at Badaling.

The S2 line uses the NDJ3 DMU train marked Hexie[disambiguation needed] Changcheng Hao in a seven-car push-pull configuration (L+7T+L). Accommodation comes in 'soft-seat' class only with a 2+2 (first class) or 3+2 (second class) layout. The seats were reversible, but that feature has been removed. Between Nankou and Badaling stations, the train makes a reversal at a switch-back junction. Although all stations are equipped with high-level platforms, trains are equipped with retractable steps and can also serve low-level platforms. On-board facilities include air-conditioning and heating, toilets, hot-water dispensers and a cafe-bar selling tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer and snacks. Smoking is not permitted on the train.


  1. ^ "". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Beijing's suburban railway Line S2 opens". People's Daily. August 7, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "市郊S2线明起运营". Beijing Youth Daily. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Schedule". Archived from the original on June 9, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Schedule". Retrieved August 16, 2008. [dead link]