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Chongqing−Lichuan Railway

Chongqing-Lichuan Railway
Type High-speed rail
Status Under construction
Locale People's Republic of China
Termini Chongqing North
Stations 9
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed
Line length 259.5 km (161 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 50Hz 25,000V
Operating speed 250 km/h (155 mph)
Maximum incline 9%
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 under construction in the Chinese province of Hubei and the municipality of Chongqing. The 244-km long railway will connect Chongqing North Railway Station with the Lichuan Station on the Yiwan Railway, becoming a section of the Huhanrong Passenger Dedicated Line, which extends to Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shanghai.[1]

The trains will be traveling on the Yuli line with the speed up to 200 km/h. It is said that when the Yuli Railway and the relevant sections of the Huhanrong mainline are completed, one will be able to travel from Chongqing to Shanghai in just 10 hours.[2] The line was opened to conventional rail traffic at the end of December 2013, full high speed services are not expected to commence until the end of June 2014.[3]

Construction history

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]

See also


  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. 
  2. ^ "韩家沱大桥合龙 两年后主城坐火车1小时到石柱". June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chongqing-Wuhan CRH trains to be put into service". February 20, 2014. 
  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. 

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