|A steam locomotive in Vietnam. The old trains are set to resume their route between Da Nang and Hue (Photo courtesy Transport Newspaper)
The company said the restoration of the defunct steam train line has been prepared with an investment of 81 billion VND (3.6 million USD).
As planned, three steam locomotives and 10 carriages have been repaired and decorated, while logistics services, stations, bridges and coal and water supplying systems will be restored at the stations of Kim Lien in Da Nang and Lang Co in Thua Thien-Hue province.
According to the Hue tourist company, it has operated a carriage since 2016 for tourists travelling from Hue to Da Nang before exploring Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam by coach.
Steam trains stopped operating in Vietnam from the 1990s, replaced by diesel-driven locomotives.
Diesel-operated north-south trains take two hours and 30 minutes to complete the 100km section from Hue to Da Nang.
Da Nang plans to move its railway station from the city’s centre to suburban Lien Chieu district in 2022.