Beijing [CN] - Network extensions continue
K. Budach - 09.09.15
The enlargement of the urban trolleybus network in the Chinese capital continues at a rapid pace. Given the significant air pollution in the city, electric public transport and trolleybus line extensions have been prioritized. Much of the extra distance covered by trolleybuses, however, is by means of auxiliary power.
One such example is the new trolley line 38, which started service in late June 2015. Only one third of the route is electrified with catenary though, as the rest of the time the trolleybus uses its back-up diesel motor. This has the disadvantage though, that in the off-wire mode the on-board air-conditioning cannot be used properly.
Key route sections that have not been electrified are from Liu-li-qiao Bridge to Xi-an-men as well as from Guang-an-men to Gang-wa-shi. A similar operational concept with bi-mode vehicles is planned for the present diesel bus line 6, although this will be partially electrified with new power lines.
With these changes, the Beijing trolleybus network now features 20 lines. These include 38, 42, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 118, 124, 127 and BRT3. Lines 42 and 116 have been served by trolleys since April 2015.
The Chinese manufacturer Foton has supplied new vehicles for the Beijing trolleybus lines 42 and 116. Photo: Song Wenchao