China Railway

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China State Railway Group Company, Ltd.
China Railway (CR)
Native name
Chinese :中国国家铁路集团有限公司
China Railway Corporation (2013–2019)
State-owned limited company
Industry Rail transport
Predecessor Ministry of Railways
  • 19 January 1950 (as ministry)
  • 14 March 2013 (as company)
Area served
Key people
Lu Dongfu (Chairman)
Yang Yudong (General Manager)
Services Passenger rail
Freight rail
RevenueDecrease2.svg CN¥916.258 billion [nb 1]  (2015)
Decrease2.svg CN¥53.456 billion [nb 2]  (2015)
Decrease2.svg CN¥(32.355 billion) (2015)
Total assets Increase2.svg CN¥6.245870 trillion (2015)
Total equity Increase2.svg CN¥2.150725 trillion (2015)
Owner Ministry of Finance of China
Number of employees
2 million approx. (2013)
Divisions Railway operations
Subsidiaries 16 bureau
5 companies
Website Corporate website
Customer portal
Footnotes /references
source [1]
China State Railway Group Co.,Ltd.
Simplified Chinese 中国国家铁路集团有限公司
Traditional Chinese 中國國家鐵路集團有限公司
Literal meaningChina State Railway Group Limited Company
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 国铁集团
Traditional Chinese 國鐵集團
Literal meaningState Railway Group

China State Railway Group Company, Ltd., doing business as China Railway or CR, is a state-owned sole proprietorship enterprise that undertakes railway passenger and cargo transportation services in the People's Republic of China and is a state-owned industrial enterprise established under the "Law of the People's Republic of China on All-Ownership Industrial Enterprises." The Ministry of Finance acts on behalf of the State Council to perform the duties of shareholders. [2] It used to be part of the now defunct Ministry of Railways. China Railway operates passenger and freight transport via 21 subsidiaries.


China Railway previously had its own railway police force, prosecutors office and court system. The police department of the railway is still under the control of the company. The status of the police is civil service of Ministry of Public Security, but they are still paid and managed by the company. [3]


On June 18, 2019, China Railway Corporation is reorganized as China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. under China's Corporate Law, instead of Industrial Enterprises Owned by the Whole People Law. It means the Ministry of Finance would act as an investor on behalf of the state and the company would be led by a board and managed by board-chosen executives. [4] [5]

Logos of China Railway
China Railways.svg
China Railway Symbol
Train logo
China Railway logo.png
Former Company Logo

The China Railway logo was designed by Chen Yuchang (Chinese :陈玉昶) (1912-1969), officially adopted on 22 January 1950. The whole logo represents the front of a locomotive. The upper part of the logo represents the Chinese character 人 (people), while the lower part represents the transversal surface of a rail. The logo means that China's railway belongs to the people. [6] [7] [8] The lower part represents the character 工 (labour), means that China's railway belongs to the working class.

The "CR" logo is used on the Fuxing (train) along with the China Railway logo. [9]


CR service regions CR region.svg
CR service regions

There are 21 primary subsidiary companies under China Railway. As of 2008, approximately 2 million people work in China Railway.

BusinessCompanyProvinces of operationRegions of operation
Passenger China Railway Harbin Group Company
(CR Harbin)
Northeastern Inner Mongolia(Hulunbuir and part of Xingan League), Heilongjiang Northeast China
China Railway Shenyang Group Company
(CR Shenyang)
Liaoning, Jilin, Southeastern Inner Mongolia(Chifeng, Tongliao and part of Xingan League),
southern Heilongjiang, northeastern Hebei
China Railway Beijing Group Company
(CR Beijing)
Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin, western Shandong,
northern Henan, eastern Shanxi
North China
China Railway Hohhot Group Company
(CR Hohhot)
Inner Mongolia
China Railway Taiyuan Group Company
(CR Taiyuan)
China Railway Jinan Group Company
(CR Jinan)
Shandong East China
China Railway Shanghai Group Company
(CR Shanghai)
Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang
China Railway Nanchang Group Company
(CR Nanchang)
Jiangxi, Fujian, parts of Hubei and Hunan
China Railway Guangzhou Group Company
(CR Guangzhou)
Guangdong, Hunan, Hainan South China
China Railway Nanning Group Company
(CR Nanning)
Guangxi, western Guangdong
China Railway Wuhan Group Company
(CR Wuhan)
Hubei, southern Henan Central China
China Railway Zhengzhou Group Company
(CR Zhengzhou)
Henan, Shanxi
China Railway Chengdu Group Company
(CR Chengdu)
Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, parts of Yunnan and Hubei Southwest China
China Railway Kunming Group Company
(CR Kunming)
Yunnan, parts of Sichuan and Guizhou
China Railway Qingzang Group Company
(CR Qingzang)
Qinghai Northwest China
China Railway Lanzhou Group Company
(CR Lanzhou)
Gansu, Ningxia, parts of Inner Mongolia
China Railway Ürümqi Group Company
(CR Ürümqi)
Xinjiang, parts of Gansu
China Railway Xi'an Group Company
(CR Xi'an)
Shaanxi,northeast Sichuan
Freight China Railway Special Cargo Service Company
China Railway Express Company
China Railway Container Transport Company

Second tier subsidiaries

ParentSubsidiaryOperational line
CR Guangzhou Guangshen Railway Company Guangzhou–Shenzhen railway
Guangmeishan Railway Company Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou railway
Sanmao Company Sanshui–Maoming railway
Shichang Railway Company Shimen–Changsha railway
Yuehai Railway Company Guangdong–Hainan railway
CR Kunming Shuibai Railway Company Liupanshui–Baiguo railway
CR Nanchang Wuyishan Railway Company Hengfeng–Nanping railway
Quanzhou Railway Company Zhangping–Longyan–Kanshi railway
Longyan Railway Company Zhangping–Quanzhou–Xiaocuo railway
Xiamen Haicang Railway Company Haicang branch railway
CR Shanghai Xiaoyong Railway Company Xiaoshan–Ningbo railway
Hejiu Railway Company Hefei–Jiujiang railway
Xinchang Railway Company Xinyi–Changxing railway
Jinwen Railway Company Jinhua–Wenzhou railway
Ningqi Railway Company Nanjing–Qidong railway
Ninghe Railway Company Hefei–Nanjing passenger railway
Hewu Railway Company Hefei–Wuhan high-speed railway
CR Taiyuan Daqin Railway Company Datong–Qinhuangdao railway
CR Wuhan Huhanrong Railway Hubei Company Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu high-speed railway (Hubei section)
Luofu Railway Company Luohe–Fuyang railway
CR Xi'an Xiyan Railway Company Xi'an–Yan'an railway
CR Zhengzhou Anli Branch Line Company Anyang–Lizhen railway
Tanghe Branch Line Company Tangyin–Hebi railway

International operations

International passenger trains

China Railway operates the passenger trains from China to Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, North Korea and Vietnam. Currently all international passenger trains are suspended due to COVID-19 pandemics in Asia.

Services to Europe (New Silk Route)

As of 2017 China Railway ran goods services to 15 European cities, including routes to Madrid and Hamburg and the experimental East Wind service to London to test demand. [10] The Chinese government refers to the two-week 12,000 km (7,500 mi) route, starting at Yiwu and with trains to London traversing Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, as the Belt and Road Initiative. [11] Containers must be transferred several times, as different, incompatible, rail gauges are used in different regions, and the same rolling stock cannot be used throughout.


China has been investing in and helping to rebuild railways in Africa. [12] [13] Below is an incomplete list of rail projects.

NameLocationConstructedCompanyCostComments & Ref
High Plateau line, Algeria Relizane, Saida, Tiaret, Tissemsilt, Boughezoul to M'Sila, Algeria 2009-2013 China Railway Group & China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation US$2.8bn [14]
Benguela Railway Lobito to Luau, Angola 2006-2014 China Railway Construction Corporation Limited US$1.83bnRailway was rebuilt following civil war
Chad Railway Ngaoundéré, Cameroon to Nyala, Sudan via Moundou, N’Djamena and Abéché in Chad 2012-ongoing China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation US$5.6bnConstruction over three phases
Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Djibouti City, Djibouti 2011-2016 China Railway Group & China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation US$4bnElectric
Mombasa-Nairobi Railway Mombasa to Nairobi, Kenya (extended to Naivasha, Kenya in 20162014-2017 China Communications Construction US$3.6bn [15]
Kenya-Uganda border Naivasha, Kisumu to Malaba, Kenya 2016-ongoing China Road and Bridge Corporation (subsidiary of China Communications Construction)US$5.42bn [16]
Mali-Guinea Railway Bamako, Mali to Conakry, Guinea 2016-ongoing China Railway Construction Corporation Limited US$8bn [17]
Mali-Senegal Railway Bamako, Mali to Dakar, Senegal 2016-ongoing China Railway Construction Corporation Limited US$2.7bn [18]
Nigeria Coastal Railway Lagos to Calabar, Nigeria 2014-ongoing China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation US$11.1bn [19]
Lagos-Kano Railway Lagos to Kano, Nigeria 2011-ongoing, Abuja to Kajuna completed in 2016 China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation US$8.3bn [20]
Sudan Railway Khartoum to Port Sudan, Sudan 2007–2012, 2014 opened China Railway Engineering Corporation US$1.5bn [21] [15]
TAZARA Railway Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia 1970-1975Railway Engineering Corps (now CRCC), Ministry of Railways (now CCECC)US$500mCurrently in need of reinvestment
Uganda Railway Malaba, Kampala, Kasese, Uganda to Rwanda and South Sudan 2015-ongoing China Harbour Engineering (subsidiary of China Communications Construction)US$8bn [22] [23] [24]

List of director generals


  1. Including revenue from "Railway Construction Fund"
  2. EBIT, including revenue from "Railway Construction Fund" but excluding contribution to "Water Conservancy Construction Fund"

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