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Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway is scheduled to be opened to traffic on Jun. 30, 2021
By:China Tibet News
update:January 18,2021
Jan.18,2021 -- On the morning of December 31, 2020, constrction workers laid the last 25m track on the subgrade of main track of Nyingchi Station in Lhasa-Nyingchi section of Sichuan-Tibet Railway (hereinafter referred to as "Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway"), marking the completion of 399.61km main track and laying a solid foundation for its opening and operation.

Photo shows the track-laying site of the last row of rails of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway. [Photo/Cui Jinfeng, Jing Qingbin, Wang Fei]
Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway consisting of 435.5km main track and 403.1km new main track, is a single track electrified Class I Railway with a designed speed of 160km/h. There are 34 new stations along the whole line and 17 stations will be opened at initial stage. The railway is scheduled to be completed and opened to traffic on June 30, 2021.

Photo shows constructors of China Railway 11th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. connecting tracks. [Photo/Cui Jinfeng, Jing Qingbin, Wang Fei]
Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway passes through the Yarlung Zangbo River Suture Zone between the Gangdise and the Himalaya land masses on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. More than 90% of the railway built in areas over 3,000m above sea level. Therefore, high altitude and hypoxia, severe natural environment as well as complex geological conditions have posed great challenges to the project.

Photo shows a track-laying machine of China Railway 11th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. passing through Nyingchi Station. [Photo/Cui Jinfeng, Jing Qingbin, Wang Fei]
According to Shen Yubin, the track-laying project manager of Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway of China Railway 11th Bureau Group Co., Ltd., since the laying and erecting of the railway started on October 19, 2017, more than 1,200 workers have participated in the construction of the whole track. "Video pilot", real-time monitoring, train alarm, locomotive positioning in the tunnel and other functions developed by the company have greatly ensured the transportation safety and accumulated valuable experience of laying and erecting in the long and large tunnel group for the same type railway.
Builders of China Railway 11th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. took a group photo at the track-laying site. [Photo/Cui Jinfeng, Jing Qingbin, Wang Fei]
After the railway's completion and opening to traffic, it will further optimize and improve the layout of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region's transportation network, inject new vitality into local economic and social development, and provide a more convenient transportation channel for the construction of Nyingchi-Ya'an section of Sichuan-Tibet Railway.
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