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Daqin Railway (simplified Chinese: 大秦铁路traditional Chinese: 大秦鐵路pinyin: dàqín tiělù), also known as the Daqin Line (simplified Chinese: 大秦线traditional Chinese: 大秦線pinyin: dàqín xiàn), is a 653 km coal-transport railway in north China. Its name is derived from its two terminal cities, Datong, a coal mining center in Shanxi province, and Qinhuangdao, of Hebei province, on the Bohai Sea.

The railway also passes through the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin. Unlike most other railways in China, which are run by the Ministry of Railways, the Daqin Railway is operated by Daqin Railway Company Limited, a publicly-traded stock company.

The electrified double track line that serves as a major conduit for moving coal produced in Shanxi, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia to Qinhuangdao, China's largest coal-exporting seaport. From there coal is shipped to south China and other countries in Asia. It carries more coal than any other railway line in China.

Freight trains operating on the Daqin Line can carry up to 20,000 metric tons, the largest carrying capacity in China.[1] The line carried 150 million tons of freight in 2004, 200 million tons in 2005, 250 million tons in 2006[2] and 300 million tonnes in 2007.

See also


  1. ^ Daqin Railway starts running heavy-loading train [1]
  2. ^ Daqin railway achieved full-year target of 250m tons [2]

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