Qinghai-Tibet Trains line links Tibet and other cities in China. It stretches 1956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. The Qinghai-Tibet railway construction took a long time and overcame many difficulties of climate and environment. The modern design of the trains not only considers comfort but also solves the difficulty which caused by the climate and environment of the plateau. At present, there are direct trains to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, Chongqing, and Guangzhou. Other indirect trains from Shanghai, Chongqing, and Guangzhou will stop at Xian.
Qinghai Tibet Railway is the first railway in China to use the Incremental Train Control System (ITCS) for enhanced train control. Train stations with this system installed do not need signaling device or rail track circuitry. Instead, only the railroad switch devices are implemented. ITCS combines automatic block, train station interlock control, and train speeding control in one package, controlling the train when it stops at or passes through the station or when it is performing other related activities.The Incremental Train Control System of Lhasa Express combines automatic block, train station interlock control, and train speeding control in one package.
The wireless network system implemented is for the automatic backup of ITCS System Event Log when the train enters the station. Qingzang Railway has 78 locomotives in total. Each locomotive is equipped with one ORing TAR-120, while the train station control center is also equipped with one ORing TAR-120 – for a total of 79 TAR-120s used. On each locomotive, the TAR-120 is connected to the DVR that records the ITCS System Event Log. When the train enters the station, the TAR-120 on the locomotive communicates with the TAR-120 in the train station control center, and the ITCS System Event Log would be successfully uploaded to the train station control center. Customized cars of Lhasa Express (Tibet Train) supply passengers with extra oxygen and are fortified against the harsh conditions of the Tibetan plateau.
|Route||Train No.||Duration||Frequency||Soft Sleeper||Hard Sleeper|
|Beijing – Lhasa||Z21||40 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1186||CNY 763|
|Guangzhou – Lhasa||Z264||55 hrs 13 mins||Daily||CNY 1526||CNY 892|
|Shanghai – Lhasa||Z164||48 hrs 39 mins||Daily||CNY 1310||CNY 841|
|Chengdu – Lhasa||Z322||43 hrs 50 mins||Daily||CNY 1101||CNY 709|
|Chongqing – Lhasa||3641km||44 hrs 17 mins||Daily||CNY 1165||CNY 730|
|Xian – Lhasa||Z265/Z165||31 hrs 36 mins||Daily||CNY 1052||CNY 668|
|Xining – Lhasa||1960km||23 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 794||CNY 497|
|Golmud – Lhasa||Z21||21 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 690||CNY 400|
|Zhenzhou- Lhasa||Z265||37 hrs 50 mins||Daily||CNY 1150||CNY 709|
|Changsha – Lhasa||Z264||46 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1293||CNY 832|
|Wuxi – Lhasa||Z164||46 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1345||CNY 832|
|Guangyuen – Lhasa||Z322||38 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1034||CNY 685|
|Wuhan – Lhasa||Z264||42 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1273||CNY 786|
|Chenzhou – Lhasa||Z264||49 hrs 50 mins||Daily||CNY 1421||CNY 892|
|Nanjing – Lhasa||Z164||44 hrs 30 mins||Daily||CNY 1280||CNY 780|
|Shijiazhuang – Lhasa||Z21||37 hrs 50 mins||Daily||CNY 1135||CNY 731|