New track laid to upgrade China's 100-year-old railway

2019-06-12 03:04:27 GMT2019-06-12 11:04:27(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- With the last steel rail piece laid Wednesday in a tunnel underground the Tsinghua University in Beijing, the track of the whole length of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway has been built.

The original railway linking the two cities, known as China's first independently designed and built railway, was put into operation in 1909.

With a designed speed of 350 km per hour, the 174-kilometer-long new track will shorten the travel time between the national capital and the city in neighboring Hebei Province to one hour, facilitating the inter-city traffic, crucial for their co-host of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.