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TS19: The $13 Billion Railway

Prepare to race through the peaks and valleys of rural China, as Union Workshop’s next offering, a section of the Guiyang–Guangzhou high-speed railway, is coming soon to Train Simulator!
Built between 2008 and 2014, the Guiyang–Guangzhou high-speed railway (or simply Guiyang HSR) stretched between the respective capitals of the Guizhou and Guangdong provinces as part of a country-wide scheme to massively reduce journey times.
In the case of travelling between Guiyang and Guangzhou before the new high-speed line was introduced, passengers were looking at an arduous 20 hour journey on ageing infrastructure and rolling stock; this was substantially improved with the introduction of next generation, high-speed services, which allowed for journey times of only 4 hours.
However, such improvements came at a cost – with so many valleys to bridge over and hillsides to tunnel through (both of which comprise over 80% of the line’s total infrastructure), the Guiyang HSR racked up a bill equivalent to $13.8 billion. This mammoth cost reflects the challenges faced by the line’s designers and builders, and the will behind its construction regardless of the price tag.
Fascinating at every passing valley and breath-taking gradient, China’s high-speed network is never one to miss, and more of it shall be coming soon as Union Workshop are bringing 170km of modern, high-speed operations to Train Simulator. You will be at speed between the towns of Guilin and Hezhou, aboard the Shinkansen-derived CRH2A EMU.
Watch this space to find out more on Union Workshop’s Guiyang–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway!
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