Nanning–Guangzhou high-speed railway

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high-speed railway
Guangzhou South
Operator(s)China Railway High-speed
OpenedDecember 26, 2014
Line length576 km (358 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Minimum radius3,500 m (11,483 ft)
Operating speed250 km/h (155 mph)
Maximum inclineNanning-Guigang 12%
Guigang-Guangzhou 6%
Route map
Nanning East
Nanning-Qinzhou HSR
Liuzhou–Nanning ICR
Crossing Hunan–Guangxi Railway
Yu River
Pingnan South
Crossing Luoyang–Zhanjiang Railway
Wuzhou South
Guangxi / Guangdong border
Yunfu East
Guiyang-Guangzhou HSR
Zhaoqing East
Crossing Guangzhou–Maoming Railway
Sanshui South
Foshan West
Towards Guangzhou
Guangzhou South

The Nanning–Guangzhou high-speed railway, also known as the Southern Guangzhou high-speed railway or the South Canton high-speed railway, connects Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, in China. Construction started on November 9, 2008; Nanning to Wuzhou was completed by April 18, 2014, while the full route opened on December 26, 2014. The total cost was about 41 billion RMB.[1] The railway is expected to spur economic development, and increase mobility across the Guangxi and western Guangdong regions.


The railway travels mostly along the Pearl River Delta's Xi River valley. From Nanning it initially follows the route of the Liuzhou–Nanning Intercity Railway to Litang in Binyang County. It then heads eastward through Guigang, crossing the Yu River, over Guiping, Pingnan and Tengxian to Wuzhou. After entering Guangdong it passes Yunan and Yunfu to Zhaoqing, before reaching Guangzhou South railway station. Its total length is 576 km (358 mi), 349 km (217 mi) of which is in Guangxi, 227 km (141 mi) in Guangdong. Twenty-three stations will be built along the route, though not all will service passengers.

Technical standards[edit]

The railway is electrified, with a double track standard construction for high-speed passenger trains and fast freight trains. The operating speed is 200 km/h for D (First Generation) Trains, and up to 250 km/h for G (Second Generation) Trains.

  • Grade : national grade I
  • The number of main lines: double
  • Passenger train design speed: D Trains 200 km/h, G Trains 250 km/h
  • Minimum curve radius : 3500m
  • Limiting slope : Nanning to Guigang 12 ‰, Guigang to Guangzhou South 6 ‰
  • Traction types : electric traction
  • Traction Quality : 4000t
  • Block mode : automatic block
  • Construction Clearance: CDB double-stack container trains to meet the transport requirements.

Construction history[edit]

  • November 9, 2008 – Construction started.
  • October 10, 2009 – Breakthrough on the first tunnel.
  • June 22, 2011 – Ceremony to commemorate the completion of construction work in Guangxi.[2]
  • May 22, 2012 – Songgen Yunan Tunnel, located in Yunfu City, Guangdong completed with a total length of 3,123 meters.
  • March 4, 2014 – Northridge Hill Tunnel is completed, located in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province. With a total length of 12,438 meters, it is the longest tunnel.[3]
  • April 18, 2014 – Guangxi segment of Nanning-Guangzhou railway opens. Nanning to Wuzhou now just takes two and a half hours.[4]
  • July 7, 2014 – Construction completed from Wuzhou to Zhaoqing.[5]
  • November 8, 2014 – The last section is completed and ready for final testing.[6]
  • December 26, 2014 – The whole line is opened to traffic.[7]

Long term development[edit]

Nanning is already connected by rail to Vietnam, though Pingxiang on the China–Vietnam border. There are plans to upgrade this line, creating the Nanning–Pingxiang High-Speed Line. This would allow high-speed trains from Guangzhou to Nanning to continue on to Vietnam and other countries in ASEAN, connecting with the Kunming–Singapore Railway.[8]


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