Railways in Vietnam Gallery
This page displays various images both modern and not so recent to show VN trains in operation.
Above: D19E 912 on the front of a mixed freight passes through Thap Cham heading north, August 2010.
Above: D9E 217 works as the yard shunter, Saigon, August 2010
Above: D19E 931 prepares to depart Saigon Platform 1 August, 2010
Above: TU6P reversing around it's two car train at Trai Mat, about 7 km from Da Lat, currently the end of the line. Needs a good paint!
Steam Locomotives generally used the traditional French classification system. A steam locomotive with a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement is classified as 141 class, a locomotive with 4-6-2 wheel arrangement is classified as 231 class etc. Pretty straight forward, except what did if two classes had a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement I'm not sure. It didn't happen so wasn't a problem?
Diesel locomotives have a completely dfferent clasification system.
All diesel classes start with the letter 'D' (for diesel?) then a number which I believe is related to the locomotives power output. The third character defines Electric' (E) or hydraulic (H).
e.g. D5H class = Diesel + 500 hp + hydraulic.
Again, what happens if two classes are the same I don't know.
I am still investigating pre 1975 classifications. Some are the same e.g. 141 steam class, and some are different e.g. 'BB' class instead of D9E.
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