This website is my attempt to bring together a whole lot of disparate information about trains and railways in Vietnam in English. It is a collection of historical information, data, images and personal research. There are still big gaps in my knowledge but they are slowly being filled. Perhaps some never will be. The upheaval that has occurred in Vietnam over the past 150 years means that sadly a lot of information has been lost and will never be recovered.
Secondly, because I do not speak or read Vietnamese except in the most rudimentary sense, I have to rely on others to translate and interpret texts written in the Vietnamese language.
This is not the easiest task in the world because as Vietnamese is not my first language I have to rely on English language data, 'Google' Translations and help from my partner. The Google translations are often very odd so my apologies to those who wrote in the original Vietnamese.
Surprisingly since I started in late 2009, I've collected quite a bit of data and quite a few photos, though there are many omissions.
I am particularly greatful to the members of the Vietnam Railways Forum (Dau May Xe Lua) who knowingly or unknowingly allowed me to access their site and use material. Without the forum this site would be much poorer.
I apologize for any errors or omissions. They are all my own work.
Issue No.6 E-Magazine
Even later so expect Issue 7 at any time as I try to catch up.
Right Click on cover image and "save link as" or equivelant for your operating system.
Note: Opening directly in Adobe Reader seems to have some issues.
Linux users: IF YOU OPEN THIS FILE USING XPDF NOT ALL THE VIETNAMESE CHARACTERS WILL DISPLAY CORRECTLY. Use PDF Reader 9.
This pdf file was created by Scribus the free desktop publishing program..
Download may be slow depending on your download speed and because of the size of the file .
My name is David Gurnett.
I was born in 1950 in Sydney, Australia, when the world was still rebuilding from WWII and the French were attempting to reassert their domination of what was then called Indochina.
I am of the right age to have had friends go to Vietnam as part of the Australian Army but never got there myself.
For the first 25 years of my working life I was a teacher, first in High Schools in Papua New Guinea and later with the Adult Migrant English Service in NSW, Australia where I met many Vietnamese people who had left Vietnam after 1975.
From 2000 I worked for the suburban passenger rail system in Sydney.
In January 2016 I finally retired.
Since 2009 I have travelled to Vietnam 7 times.
I am married to a beautiful Vietnamese lady who very patiently puts up with my passion for Vietnamese railways and translates when I ask her to.
We currently live in Sydney, Australia.
January 23, 2016
BB-901 and BB907/D9E updates
February 11, 2016
Finally the very very late Issue 5 of Re-Unification Express
June 15, 2016
New Page: "Trams"
June 15, 2016
Issue 6 of Re-Unification Express.
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