Shijiazhuang–Wuhan high-speed railway

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Beijing–Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong high-speed railway
Shijiazhuang–Wuhan section
Shijiazhuang–Wuhan High-Speed Railway.jpg
Type High-speed rail
Status operational
Locale China
Termini Shijiazhuang railway station
Wuhan railway station
Hankou railway station
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed
Line length 840 km (522 mi)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map
Shijiazhuang-Wuhan Railroad.svg

Shiwu passenger railway (simplified Chinese: 石武客运专线; traditional Chinese: 石武客運專線; pinyin: Shíwǔ Kèyùn Zhuān Xiàn) is an 840 km high-speed rail line between Shijiazhuang and Wuhan in China. It has been under construction since October 2008, the total investment is 116.76 billion yuan. The design speed is 350 km/h (220 mph). It is part of the Jingguang passenger-dedicated line, a high-speed railway connecting Beijing and Guangzhou, which runs parallel to the older conventional Jingguang Railway.

The railway crosses the Yangtze in Wuhan over the Tianxingzhou Bridge, which was opened in December 2009.

Track-laying commenced on November 29, 2010.[1]

Early on, it was reported that the Zhengzhou-Wuhan section was to enter service on 2012-07-01;[2] however, later on the date was moved back to the end of September 2012.[3] Trial runs on this section began on August 26,[4] the line was put into service on 2012-09-28 between Zhengzhou and Wuhan,[5] a distance of 536 km.

As of 2012-09-28, published schedules show a number of G-series trains running from the new Zhengzhou East railway station via Wuhan to Guangzhou.[6][7] There are also some G-series trains from Wuhan to Zhengzhou railway station, where a convenient connection to the frequent service on the Zhengzhou–Xi'an high-speed railway is possible. A few direct trains from Xi'an North railway station to Guangzhou South and Shenzhen North (e.g. G824/G821 via Zhengzhou[8] or G838/G835 via Zhengzhou East[9]), over the Zhengzhou–Xi'an high-speed railway and the Shijiazhiuang-Wuhan-Guangzhou line, have been introduced as well.[6][7]

The entire Shijiazhuang–Wuhan line was put into service by the end of 2012.[3]

Although the railway's southern end point is notionally Wuhan railway station, a small number of high-speed trains from Beijing terminate at Hankou railway station instead, this is convenient for trains to transfer to the Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu high-speed railway, e.g. for passengers traveling toward Yichang, Chongqing or Chengdu.