Preliminary planning completed for new 392km Vietnam line

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 30 Nov 2019 15:00
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Clearly designed to provide a second SG connection to Hanoi from the Chinese Border.  I imagine China may or could use this for services between Vietnam and Europe which have been developing over the past 3 years.  Currently the Vietnam connection for traffic via rail to Europe is using trucks.

Interesting development.

Preliminary planning completed for new 392km Vietnam line

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I am assuming looking at the map Gauge Interchange happens on the Vietnam side of the border?

  TomBTR Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
Not necessarily. The French built the metre gauge line all the way to Kunming from Hanoi. Also from Hanoi to Nanning in China. So transshipment happened at these two cities which are a long way from Vietnam. The Chinese are standardizing all their railways. I believe that Nanning has been converted so the Kunming line could be next. Most of it is in China so I expect that the Chinese will pay for that. I think that the article above is about the work to convert the relatively small part of the route that is in Vietnam.

In the old days Kunming did not have any direct connection to the Chinese network but that might have changed. We all know about the Chinese new high speed rail lines (four north-south and four east-west) but I was surprised to learn in talk by the Chinese railway delegation now in Australia that they are also building heavy haul freight lines to many part so of China. So if Kunming does not have a connection yet it soon will.

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