2013 High-Speed Rail Tour - China

June 18, 2012

We are beginning to work on next year's (2013) high-speed rail trip to China.

It is hard to get your head around China's high-speed rail program.  You have to see it in person to understand the true scope of the network.

China has opened over 4,000 miles of new high-speed line since 2008 and continues to invest heavily in railroad development.  Beijing and Shanghai (the distance from Chicago to New York) are now linked by 72 trains a day, the fastest making the trip in less than 5 hours.  The new stations themselves are awe-inspiring.

The Beijing - Wuhan segment is expected to open this year.  When it opens, Shenzhen and Beijing, the distance of New York to New Orleans, will be linked by high-speed train.

This trip will be two weeks long in order to allow a good mix of facility tours and sightseeing.  It will take place in Seotember of 2013.  We will to see a wide variety of transport facilities, including subways, light rail, bus rapid transit and factories.  And, of course, we will ride the Shanghai maglev.

Here is how it will work.  We have gotten the minimum number of deposits needed to begin designing the trip.  Making a deposit of $500 now will hold your spot and allow you to provide input into the trip design.  Then, when we get the final itinerary you will have several weeks to commit to the trip or have your money refunded.

Please send your deposit to:
Eleanor Hardy
Society of International Railway Travelers
2424 Frankfort Ave, Ste. 2
Louisville, KY 40206

Check out the the China 2013 tour page by clicking this link:

Richard Harnish
Executive Director
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625