Intercity railway west of Changsha Station finished rail-laying
The full rail-laying tasks have been finished in Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Intercity Railway line to the west of Changsha Station. [Photo by Liu Pan]
After 33 days of battling by workers from China Railway 25th Bureau Group Co., Ltd., the last two 500-meter-long rails have been smoothly landed in Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Intercity Railway to the west of Changsha Station on Aug 8, which marks the successful completion of the whole rail-laying of the Intercity Railway and a big step towards the objective of going into operation by the end of this year.
On Aug 8, a machine dragging two rails slowly moved forward at Xiangjiang West Station, the westernmost of the Intercity Railway, and a pusher was used to push it at the back-end. Meanwhile, workers placed a roller under the long track every other 10 meters or so to prevent rails from off-tracking and reduce the resistance of pushing them. With joint efforts of over 50 workers, it only took half an hour for the last two 500-meter-long rails to accurately fall on the sleeper, which also announced the west section of Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Intercity Railway has finished the rail-laying work.
Reportedly, the west section of the Intercity Railway is from Changsha Station to Xiangjiang West Station, covering about 22 kilometers, which sets up 7 stations including Kaifu Temple, Guanshaling, Bafangshan, Gushan, Jianshan, Lugu, and Xiangjiang West Station. According to the plan, a new connecting line will be built in the west extension line of the Intercity Railway, which will connect with Shimen-Changsha Railway via Wushan Junction Station. People will be able to directly arrive at Yiyang and Changde in the near future by Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan bullet trains.
By Han Xu
Source: Changsha Evening Source