The seemingly secluded and neglected North-South railway system (Photo: SGGP)

Lonely railroads: US$58 billion scheme in motion

Loss-making railways combined with the shortage of young workforce has initiated a huge railway construction project worth more than US$58 billion. However, a number of citizens and experts are expressing opposition to this scheme.
A track worker on Lang Son mountain (Photo: SGGP)

Lonely railroads: Laboring away

The market share of rail transport has officially fallen to 1%, causing much distress for its some 27,000 workers.
A station staff waiting outside the train to Dong Dang at Gia Lam station. Photo: SGGP

Lonely railroads: The feeble revenue

In the Northern region of Vietnam, several age-old train tracks are still being maintained due to social security reasons, though they hardly yield any income. Most of them pass through lonesome areas, where passengers and goods are few and far between. SGGP’s reporters took a ride on some of the trains and saw the peculiarity of it all.
The SE4 train on North-South railway (Photo: SGGP)

Lonely railroads: the 130-year-old ‘museum’

Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) reporters took the train across Vietnam to bring readers closer to the ups and downs of the rail industry. From nationally acclaimed state-of-the-art passenger cars that frequent the North-South railway, to the small-town tracks to-and-fro Saigon and Hanoi, the reporters came to understand their places in the midst of technology upsurge.