There is no plan to connect to thailand via meter gauge yetDoes anyone know how freight trains will be handled between standard gauge Kunming - Vientiane trains and meter gauge Vientiane - Bangkok trains. Is there any facility set up to move containers from train to train? In Thanaleng station or other station?.
Chinese companies on Friday marked the completion of the excavation and construction of a tunnel ( Ban Sen No.2 Tunnel) through Phoupha-ngarm Mountain - the longest on the Laos-China railway.http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/27/c_138661119.htm
VIENTIANE, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- China-Laos railway tunnels' construction has made a decisive breakthrough, with its longest tunnel drilled through on Friday morning in the tropical mountains of northern Laos.
Seven months ahead of the planned timetable, the Chinese engineering companies, namely PowerChina Sinohydro Bureau 3 Co., LTD (Sinohydro 3) and Sinohydro 14, on Friday bored the 9,384-meter-long Ban Sen No.2 Tunnel, south to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, some 170 km north of capital Vientiane.
This marks an important milestone in the construction of the China-Laos railway, as the engineering work enters the ending-up phase, and the railing work and construction of the railway stations are soon to be kicked off.
The Ban Sen No. 2 Tunnel crosses the provincial border of Luang Prabang and Vientiane in the tropical mountains, with steep terrain, complex geology, abundant groundwater, and difficult construction and transportation conditions.
According to a mobilizing meeting for the dry season's work held in Vientiane in October, by the Laos-China Railway Co. Ltd (LCRC), which is in charge of the railway's construction and operation project, 79 percent of the civil engineering work contract volume has been completed till then, while breakthroughs have been made in lots of key and bottle-neck projects, especially for the tunnel construction.
The China-Laos railway has holed through around 50 tunnels so far out of its 76 tunnels with a total length of 198 km.