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World's 10 amazing railway projects

Last updated on: February 23, 2012 11:41 IST

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Take a look at the 10 recent ambitious rail projects, according to Construction Digital.

Paris to Amsterdam rail line

The world's first high-speed railway in Europe was powered by solar panels in a 2 mile stretch of tunnel near Antwerp, Belgium.

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The 3.4 kilometre train tunnel near Antwerp with solar panels powered the train.

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Beijing operates one of the fastest trains in the world. The Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, an intercity express line opened in 2008 has reduced travel time between the two cities to 30 minutes.

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The Beijing-Tianjin has trains running at a maximum speed of up to 330 km/hr (217 mph).

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Delhi Metro

The Delhi Metro has tied up with Bombardier Transportation to become the first railway project in the world to receive carbon credits for using regenerative braking.

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This has resulted in high energy savings.

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China's Shiziyang Tunnel

The Shiziyang Tunnel with a length of 10.8 kilometres is designed for trains travelling at 350 kilometres per hour, the highest of all underwater tunnels worldwide.

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Image: Slurry-added EPB shield machine in Shiziyang Tunnel.

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The 10.8-kilometre tunnel, is a part of a 140-kilometre high-speed rail link that connects Guangzhou with Shenzhen.

The travel time from Guangzhou and Hong Kong has been reduced to 40 minutes from the current two hours.

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The busiest rail line in the United States is getting revamped.

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Image: Amtrak Acela Express train at New Haven Union Station in New Haven, CT.


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Once, completed, trains can run at a speed of 165 mph from 135 mph.

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California Central Valley Line

This ambitious project will introduce high-speed rail to the western United States.

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When completed, it would connect San Francisco to Los Angeles in just two hours.

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Blackfriars Train Station

Also known as London Blackfriars, this is a central London railway terminus and London underground complex.

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The revamped Blackfriars station in London will start operating high-speed trains powered by solar power.

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Queensland Light Rail Project

The Queensland Government has appointed GoldLinQ to design, build, operate and maintain Queensland's first ever light rail system on the Gold Coast.

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The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Queensland Government, Gold Coast City Council, the Commonwealth of Australia and GoldLinQ.

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Qatar High-Speed Rail

Qatar will soon boast of a $36 billion revamped railway network with 100 new stations before the Soccer World Cup in 2022.

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The new railway network will help travel in and around the World Cup tournament venues, which are within a 60 km radius of Doha.

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Haramain High Speed Rail Project

The Haramain High Speed Rail project is a high speed inter-city Rail transport system across a distance of is a 449.2 kilometres, under construction in Saudi Arabia.

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It will link the Muslim holy cities of Medina and Mecca via King Abdullah Economic City, Rabigh, Jeddah and King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The $1.9 billion project is expected to be completed in 2013.



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