Hunan–Guangxi railway

The Hunan–Guangxi railway or Xianggui railway (simplified Chinese: 湘桂铁路; traditional Chinese: 湘桂鐵路; pinyin: xiāngguì tiělù), is a mostly electrified railroad in southern China that connects Hunan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The shortform name of the line, Xianggui, is named after the Chinese short names of Hunan, Xiang and Guangxi, Gui. The line runs 1,013 km (629 mi) from Hengyang in Hunan to Friendship Pass on Guangxi's border with Vietnam.[1] Major cities along route include Hengyang, Yongzhou, Guilin, Liuzhou, Nanning, Pingxiang, and Friendship Pass.

Hunan–Guangxi railway
湘桂铁路
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Hunan-Guangxi Railway Liujiang Bridge (20190420150521).jpg
Liu River bridge in Liuzhou
Overview
StatusActive
TerminiHengyang
Friendship Pass
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)China Railway
Technical
Line length1,013 km (629 mi)
Number of tracks
  • 2 (Liuzhou–Nanning)
  • 1 (remainder)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV/50 Hz AC overhead catenary
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map

km
0
Hengyang
6
Hengyang West
63
Qidong North
93
Qiyang North
141
Yongzhou
Yongzhou East
175
Dong'an
239
Quanzhou
262
Shaoshui
299
Xing'an
346
Lingchuan
link to Lingchuan–Ertang freight bypass railway
Guilin West
356
Guilin North
362
Guilin
Guilin–Haiyang railway to Daweizhen
link to Lingchuan–Ertang freight bypass railway
373
Ertang
408
Yongfu
488
Luzhai
Tunqiu railway from Ladong
516
Luobu
535
Liuzhou North
Liu River
538
Liuzhou
Liuzhou East
542
Liuzhou South
550
Jinde
608
Laibin
Hongshui River
Nanning–Guangzhou HSR to Guigang, Guangzhou
673
Litang
767
Yongning
South ring railway
Nanning–Qinzhou railway from Qinzhou North
783
Nanning East
793
Nanning
Yong River
803
Nanning South
810
Jinjicun
Nanning–Kunming HSR to Kunming South
819
Jiangxicun
828
Weiluo
841
Baguanling
848
Fusui
864
Quli
874
Daling
887
Qujiu
899
Laituan
915
Chongzuo
927
Gupo
942
Tianxi
952
Tingliang
963
Longbotun
970
Ningming
981
Kuitang
990
Xiashi
998
Shangshi
1009
Pingxiang North
1013
Pingxiang
1022
Friendship Pass
China
Vietnam
km
DF7D locomotives alongside the Hunan–Guangxi railway in Guilin

HistoryEdit

 
CRH380A high-speed train at Guilin

The original single-track Xianggui Line was built in sections from 1937 to 1939 and 1950–1955.

In December 2008, construction began on a capacity-expansion project to a new pair of 723.7 km (450 mi) electrified tracks from Hengyang to Nanning, which will create a three-track line of 497.9 km (309 mi) between Hengyang and Liuzhou and a four-track line of 225.8 km (140 mi) between Liuzhou and Nanning.[2][3] The expansion project was completed in December 2013. The new double-track from Hengyang to Liuzhou is called the Hengyang–Liuzhou intercity railway and the new double-track from Liuzhou to Nanning is called the Liuzhou–Nanning intercity railway.

As of May 2014, the southernmost section of the Xianggui Line, from Nanning to Pingxiang on the Vietnamese border, is undergoing capacity expansion to accommodate high-speed trains.[4]

Passenger serviceEdit

The Hunan–Guangxi railway is used by most trains traveling from Beijing, Shanghai, and other points in eastern China to Guangxi (Guilin, Nanning) and to the Vietnamese border. This includes the Beijing-Nanning-Hanoi Through Train.

At the end of 2013, high-speed passenger service was introduced on the Hunan–Guangxi railway as well. A direct G-series trains from Beijing makes it to Guilin in about 10.5 hours. D-series trains continue from Guilin to Nanning, taking less than 3 hours for the trip.[5][6]

Rail connectionsEdit

 
The electrified tracks of the Xianggui railway at Lingchuan County, north of Guilin, in Guangxi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "兴安县为湘桂铁路建设提供有力保障". 广西日报》 (in Chinese). 3 March 2011.
  2. ^ "湘桂铁路驶入快车道". 科技日报》 (in Chinese). 6 December 2010. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ "湘桂铁路改造工程分别在湘桂开工 衡阳3小时到南宁" (in Chinese). 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  4. ^ "探索建设"泛亚铁路"示范段推动广西成重要节点" (in Chinese). 22 May 2014.
  5. ^ "桂林列车时刻表" [Guilin train schedule] (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2014-01-02.
  6. ^ "广西再开通运营9对动车组 陈武宣布高铁开通" [Guangxi opens new CRH service, with 9 pairs of train a day] (in Chinese). 31 December 2013.