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Jingjin intercity railway: longer, more frequent

2008-09-03 03:50:22 GMT2008-09-03 11:50:22 (Beijing Time) City Weekend

One full month of the Jingjin (Beijing - Tianjin) Intercity Railway being reality, and the express railway service is already thinking of getting more frequent. They did, after all, promise up to 3 minutes between trains!

Trains now leave every 15 minutes -- or so as the schedule might want you to believe. The reason that the Railway Gods are not boosting this to 3 minutes is due to this thing called Subway Line 4. As long as Line 4 isn't in operation, the train service is staying put at 15 minutes per train.

(The Railway Gods must hate the Beijing Subway Gods!)

Onwards. The Intercity Railway's thinking about a further extension further east to Tanggu, which brings many a romantic couple that bit closer to the actual sea itself. (Ah, that seaside romance...) Of further use is another extension to Tangshan. That'll bring Beijing to Tanggu down to 40 minutes, and Beijing to Tangshan within an hour.

Oh -- and by the way -- an update from the Jinghu (Beijing - Shanghai) Intercity Railway: when this thing's done by 2012, trains are expected to travel in excess of 350 km/h. Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao in 4 hours instead of 5?

That's why life's worth living!

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