The Mingwangda special rail line was officially put into operation lately, according to a media report on January 17. This will significantly help boost outbound coal shipments from China's second largest coal base Inner Mongolia to main consuming areas.
The line, operated by China Railway (CR) Taiyuan Group, connected with Shuozhun railway at Hongjinta Station, and started construction in May, 2019.
The rail line heads towards Qinhuangdao port after passing through Shuozhun railway, Daqin railway, expanding channels for shipping coal production in Inner Mongolia.
There were about 30 coal mines around Hongjinta Station, with annual output at 50 million tonnes or plus. However, coal shipment in the region can only be delivered by short-haul trucks previously due to traffic and geological conditions.
The Mingwangda line has two 10,000-tonne trains, with yearly shipment over 10 million tonnes, which will be the new engine for coal deliveries from Inner Mongolia.
This line allowed three C80 trains to pass by every day and will effective alleviate coal loading pressure at nearby stations.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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