Information published on 30 June 2020 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 698.

China: 12,000-ton heavy-haul trains operated in 203 trips on Watang-Rizhao Railway within two months

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On 10 June, No 71501 12,000-ton freight train, consisting of 106 loaded wagons, departed from Changzi South Station on Watang-Rizhao Railway.

Since then, China Railway Zhengzhou Group Co., Ltd. has operated 12,000-ton heavy-haul trains in 203 trips on Watang-Rizhao Railway within two months.

Originated from Watang Town in Xingxian County, Shanxi in the west and terminating at Rizhao City, Shandong in the east, Watang-Rizhao Railway is China’s first heavy-haul railway for 30-ton axle-load vehicles that was constructed in one phase and is also an important coal transport corridor connecting the east and west China.

Consisting of 96 wagons, the 10,000-ton heavy-haul train has a load capacity equivalent to more than twice that of ordinary freight trains.

On 17 January 2018, China Railway Zhengzhou Group Co., Ltd. successfully operated a 10,000-ton heavy-haul train for the first time on Watang-Rizhao Railway, and on April 11, operated another 12,000-ton heavy-haul train consisting of 106 wagons successfully.

Compared with 10,000-ton heavy-haul trains, 12,000-ton heavy-haul trains have transported 406,000 tons more coal in the two months’ operation.

(Source: CR)