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Old July 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #81
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Work to begin on high-speed rail line
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DONG NAI — The 370km HCM City-Nha Trang high-speed railway will be the first section of the north-south Railway built to link up with Long Thanh International Airport in southern Dong Nai Province. Work is expected to start this year.

This would create better conditions for passengers and goods transportation, said Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Tran Van Vinh, at a conference on the development of the north-south railway held today.

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Old July 30th, 2012, 02:43 AM   #82
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That's a very ambitious project, with trains speed up to 300km/h on Vietnam's first HSR line.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #83
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In the case of Malaysia, when the Rawang-Ipoh electrified double tracking project was being implemented, the new double track line is built just right next to the original single track line.

There were reduction of trips and during the construction and whenever there is passing train, the construction work has to stop temporarily until the train passes. In whole, the railway operation still continues during the project implementation period only with some cuts on trips.

There was debate on whether to build it as standard gauge or metre gauge few years ago on Malaysian newspaper, but at the end, Malaysia concentrated on metre gauge and improving what they have.
KTM's approach was sensible, and Vietnam really should have followed that example. Not only is it lower cost, it can also be a phased development allowing for a project to still proceed under differing economic conditions. It also benefits a much larger section of the population, both geographically and economically, since fares can be kept more affordable (due to lower cost) and also all communities on the existing line benefit, rather than a select few cities. Because of this (and because the existing city centre stations are used) it also discourages urban sprawl.

Vietnam would be best served by focusing on upgrading the existing north-south line, and also restoring some of the derelict routes.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #84
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Some photos of Vietnam railways from my trips:

2011 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/youthw...7626162906515/ (including the Indian built YDM4 locomotives):


2013: https://www.flickr.com/photos/youthw...7632682302439/ (including the famous street running section in Hanoi)
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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:07 AM   #85
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KTM's approach was sensible, and Vietnam really should have followed that example. Not only is it lower cost, it can also be a phased development allowing for a project to still proceed under differing economic conditions. It also benefits a much larger section of the population, both geographically and economically, since fares can be kept more affordable (due to lower cost) and also all communities on the existing line benefit, rather than a select few cities. Because of this (and because the existing city centre stations are used) it also discourages urban sprawl.

Vietnam would be best served by focusing on upgrading the existing north-south line, and also restoring some of the derelict routes.
Agee. HSR will serve only a few large cities. A larger population will benefit by a relatively small investment in upgrading the metre guage railway network. As in the KTM experience, the meter gauge need not mean obscelescence. It can reach 160km/hr, which is much better than road vehicles and in greater comfort and safety. These few countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia who have primarilty meter guage network should collaborrate and make a success of of it.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 12:52 AM   #86
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This was shown on the 'Travel Channel' here in the UK this week:-

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The Vietnamese railway network has a chequered history. Today it crosses roads, zips through slums and is poorly maintained. Accidents are rife. Each year the number of people dying in railway accidents accounts for about 2% of all deaths in the country – that’s 100 times worse than in India.

Established under French Colonial rule at the turn of the twentieth century, and completed nearly forty years later in 1936, Vietnam’s Railways have been plagued by poor infrastructure over the entirety of their lifetime. Over the course of the last century, the railway as a vital economic resource, has found itself at the heart of many international conflicts, sustaining major damage in the process.

Starting his journey in the north of the country, Zay Harding discovers that the railway has played a vital role in the recent history of the country. The entire railway network was initially constructed by the French when Vietnam was part of Indochina, a region under French control.

However, when the fighting escalated during the Vietnam War in the 1950s, the Vietnamese needed fresh supplies from their communist allies in China and the Soviet Union. With China and Vietnam using different gauges, everything needed to be unloaded from Chinese trains and re-loaded on Vietnamese ones. It was time to modify the system. Vietnam converted their track to match China.

With military supplies now coming into the country with ease, the railways quickly became a key target for US bombing in the north. On his way to Hanoi Zay meets Mr. Trinh, an ex-train driver who experienced the bombing first-hand when he was seriously injured and witnessed his colleagues killed in one of the frequent airborne attacks.

Throughout the war, engineers and construction workers fought to keep the railway alive. Major repairs were needed after each bombing and, nearly 40 years later, Vietnam’s railways are still in need of serious upgrades. Efforts are mainly concentrated on the main north-south railway, or ‘Reunification Express’. Jumping off this train in Hue, Zay helps a construction team repair one of the tunnels en-route. Time is limited; work must be carried out in between the 30 trains that run along the single track per day.

After visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and the national cemetery commemorating the people who gave their lives to reunify the country, Zay continues his journey south on this line all the way to Ho Chi Minh City where he meets a General who was leading the final attack on the Presidential Palace in what was then Saigon.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #87
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China completes new rail link to Vietnam
Friday, December 05, 2014



CHINA marked the completion of a key international rail project in its southern Yunnan province on December 1 with the opening of a 142km line from Mengzi to Hekou on the border with Vietnam

Construction began in December 2008 and the nine-station line is designed for 120km/h operation.

The principal engineering feature is the 7.35km Taiyangzhai Tunnel, one of 32 tunnels on the line, six of which are more than 5km long. The line also has 36 bridges.

The line is part of a new 468km railway linking Kunming with Hekou, which is 6km from the Vietnamese border. The adjoining section between Yuxi and Mengzi was inaugurated in April

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Old March 10th, 2015, 07:46 PM   #88
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Vietnam approves rail strategy
Tuesday, March 10, 2015



THE government of Vietnam has approved a strategy outlining improvements to the country's existing railway network up to 2020 and a vision for the development of new infrastructure up to 2050

The plan calls for modernisation of the north-south railway, the 1726km single-track metre-gauge line between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi where speeds will be increased to 80-90km/h for passenger services, and 50-60km/h for freight by 2020. Key stations are also set for upgrades and there will be significant attention on eliminating level crossings

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Old March 12th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #89
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When shall a high speed railway be built between Nanning and border of Vietnam?
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Old March 12th, 2015, 06:42 PM   #90
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nanning to hanoi pointless going only to the border
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 07:26 PM   #91
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Koreans to conduct Laos – Vietnam feasibility study
Wednesday, July 22, 2015



KOREA Rail Network Authority and Seoul University are to conduct a feasibility study for a new rail link between the Laotian capital Vientiane and the southern Vietnamese port of Vung Tau

The study is being funded by a $US 3m grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency and is due to be completed in 2017.

The project is likely to involve building a 500km line from Vientiane to join up with the existing coastal railway in Vietnam. A new line would also be required in southern Vietnam to connect the main line from a point east of Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

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Old July 27th, 2015, 11:46 AM   #92
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Heard of this earlier and still praying hard for the next step
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A 2002 planning document listed the restoration of the entire Da Lat–Thap Cham railway as a priority for infrastructure development for Da Lat and Lâm Đồng Province, including the upgrading of Da Lat Railway Station to handle passenger and cargo transportation. The proposed renewal received the backing of provincial and local governments, and the national government indicated that private companies would also be allowed to participate in the reconstruction of the railway. The project would also include a connection to the North–South Railway at Thap Cham, allowing trains to circulate between Da Lat and the rest of the country for the first time since the Vietnam War.[9] In December 2009, four rail cars restored to look like the rail cars used on the Da Lat–Thap Cham line in the 1930s were put into use on the Da Lat–Trai Mat tourist railroad, carrying signage reading "Dalat Plateau Rail Road".
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Old January 16th, 2017, 04:06 PM   #94
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Vietnam Railways upgrades level crossings
15 Jan 2017



VIETNAM: Italian company WEGH Group has won its first order from Vietnam Railways, covering the supply of equipment to upgrade 75 level crossings on the Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City main line.

The national railway undertook trials with several suppliers’ products before awarding a contract for WEGH to provide 150 Type PL TD96/2 level crossing machines, technical assistance and staff training

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Old July 31st, 2017, 06:36 AM   #95
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Vietnam’s tale of two metros, one built by the Japanese and the other by the Chinese



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For the first time in their histories, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are both in the middle of desperately needed major metro-system projects that aim to transform their cities. Both are facing delays, but a series of high-profile accidents has already cast a larger shadow over the Chinese-led effort in the capital.

In contrast, the metro project led by Japanese conglomerates in Ho Chi Minh City has been accident-free. This feeds into longstanding assumptions in Vietnam about the perceived superiority of Japanese workmanship and engineering.
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