Nanning–Kunming railway

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The Nanning–Kunming railway, or Nankun railway (simplified Chinese: 南昆铁路; traditional Chinese: 南昆鐵路; pinyin: nánkūn tiělù), is a single-track electrified railway in Southwest China between Nanning and Kunming, provincial capitals, respectively, of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province. The railway was built from December 24, 1990 to March 18, 1997 and has a total length of 898.7 km (558 mi), including the main line of 863.04 km (536 mi) between Nanning and Kunming and a branch line from Weishe Township of Xingyi City to Hongguo Township of Liupanshui municipality, in Guizhou province.[1][2] The Nankun Railway is a major rail conduit in Southwest China. Major cities and towns along route include Nanning, Baise, Xingyi, Luoping and Kunming.

Nanning–Kunming railway
南昆铁路
China Railways.svg
Qingshuihe Railway Bridge.JPG
The Qingshuihe Railway Bridge of the Nanning–Kunming railway in Guizhou
Overview
StatusActive
TerminiNanning
Kunming
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)China Railway
Technical
Line length898.7 km (558.4 mi)
Number of tracks
  • 2 (Nanning–Baise)
  • 1 (Baise–Kunming)
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
Nanning
Yong
Nanning South
Nanning–Fangchenggang to Fangchenggang
17
Jinjicun
Yang Mei
Zuo
Namwukang
Dingdun
Natong
Shuangdeng
Lianan
Longan
Yanjiang
You
113
Pingguo
Nali
Shanxin
Silin
Nahe
Linfeng
172
Tiandong
Lunxu
Naning
Tianyang
Powei
Bao'an
Liutang
234
Baise
Yongle
Xitun
Liutang
Tianding
Wangdian
299
Tianlin
Hongqitun
Luchengxiang
Yanlong
Bantao
Genlong
Pinglincun
Nanpan
Badu
Wendian
Banqi
Weiya
410
Ceheng
Shitouzhai
Shachangping
Rongbai
Baishuihe
454
Anlong
Longguang
Zhengtun
484
Xingyi
Qingshuihe East
Qingshuihe West
512
Pindian
517.491
520
Weishe
GuizhouYunnan
Datianbian
Geju
Chajiang
Xiaodejiang
Jiangsuotian
593
Luoping
Yangzhewo
Zhongzhai
Xin'an
639
Shizong
Yangcaodi
Luliang
Yinai
Xijiekou
Maoshezu
717
Shilin
Shilin South
Banmaoqing
Yiliang North
Leshancun
Yongfengying
Shijiazui
Qidian
Guangnanwei
Wangjiaying West
Yangbao
821
Kunming East
828
Kunming
Chengdu–Kunming railway to Chengdu
km

The Qingshuihe Railway Bridge (Qingshui River Railway Bridge) carries the railway across the deep gorge of the Quigshui River. It is one of the highest bridges in the world and the fifth-highest railway bridge. The bridge is 590 feet (180 meters) high and has a 420-foot (128 meter) main span. The bridge opened in 2000.[3]

The Nanning–Kunming railway provides the shortest railway connection between Yunnan Province and China's sea ports on the Tonkin Gulf, such as Fangchenggang and Beihai, thus playing a role somewhat similar to that played by the Kunming–Hai Phong railway before World War II.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (Chinese) "南昆铁路开工" Xinhua 2008-12-05
  2. ^ (Chinese) "南昆铁路建成通车" China Radio International 2004-03-18
  3. ^ Sakowski, Eric. "Qingshuihe Railway Bridge" (Wiki). HighestBridges.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ 广西田德铁路开通运营两年 货物发送达280万吨, Xinhua, 2011-11-27