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World's 10 amazing railway projects

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

Image: Thalys train to Paris.

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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Image: Solar panels powered the train.

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

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Image: Beijing to Tianjin Intercity Railway.

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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Image: Beijing-Tianjin rail.

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

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: China's high speed rail.

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

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

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Image: Acela 2035 near Philadelphia.

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

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Image: California high speed railway.

California Central Valley Line

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

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Image: California high speed rail.

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

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Image: Blackfriars Train Station.

Blackfriars Train Station

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

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Image: Blackfriars Train Station.

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

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Image: Light rail system on the Gold Coast.

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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Image: Doha.

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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Image: Doha.

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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Image: Haramain High Speed Rail Project.

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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Image: Haramain High Speed Rail Project.

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.