title

History...

HOME

ABOUT

HISTORY

LOCOMOTIVES

COACHES

FREIGHT

STATIONS

STRUCTURES

GALLERY

LINKS



vnflagausflag


Old Saigon Station (Ga Si Gn)

The current Saigon Station is only quite recent. An earlier station was situated right in the heart of Saigon in District 1, on one side of the main roundabout and opposite the Ben Thanh Market. The station and track was removed in the late 70's and is now a rather nice and very popular park. On one side is Pham Ngu Lao St., the main backpacker's area. It's interesting to note that the first station to be built for the new Saigon subway will be right under the park and called "Ben Thanh".
oldsaigon01
Above: Saigon Station on the left and opposite the Ben Thanh Market. The vehicles suggest that this was taken in the 1920's.

old saigon map

Above: A French era map showing the location of the original station (identified as "Central Market").

oldsaigon08
Above: For those who know Saigon, this map gives you a rough idea of the area taken up by the old station. Pham Ngu Lao St is at the bottom.


oldsaigon10

Above: "Le Gare de Saigon", Saigon station in the French era. Note what appear to be gas lamps on the platform.

oldsaigon10
Above: The station is on the left, the white fence and the station didn't seem to change much over the years.
oldsaigon02oldsaigon03

oldsaigon09
Above: Saigon Station possibly in the late 40's or 50's judging by the motor vehicles. These images were found on the Life Magazine free image collection.

ss02
Above: Saigon station in the French era. Note 'cyclos' lined up outside.
Old Saigon Station in the 60's and 70's


oldsaigon04
Above: The station area looking towards the Ben Thanh roundabout. The building which I believe was originally the head office of the Indochina Railways can be seen at the top. It still exists. I'm not sure what it's used for these days.

indochinahq

Above: What appears to be the same building in 2011.

ss01

Above: Looking East towards the station buildings. The new US built boxcars are pretty obvious, but not a locomotive in sight.
ss03

Above: Looking towards the 'third platform' building and what appears to be a freight shed. Photo dated  1966.

oldsaigon06oldsaigon07
Above: Two shots of the station area taken in the 1960's.
ss04

Above: This fascinating photo appears to show large numbers of the US built boxcars. Could they have just been delivered?Photo dated 1966.


ss05

Above: Looking east towards the 'platform 1" building. Photo dated 1970-71.

ss06

Above: Looking west. Note freight shed on the left and the garden.

ss07

Above: Passenger vehicles in 'Platform 1' with freight shed on the right. Photo dated 1970-71.

clock

Above: It's 12.45 pm on the station's French made clock.


ss08

Above: The 'platform 1' station building. If you look carefully at the roof, it would appear that the original building was extended twice.

ss09

Above: In front of the station. Many of the earlier cyclos have been replaced by three wheel passenger vehicles sort of smaller versions of Filipino 'Jeepneys'.

New Station Site?

new station site

Above: This photo appears to show the site of what would become Saigon Station.
ABOUT THIS SITE

This website is an attempt to present a collection of information and images of trains and railways in Vietnam.

This is not the easiest task in the world as Vietnamese is not my first language (the Vietnamese language lessons I've been taking are still a work in progress) so I have to rely on English language data, and 'Google' Translations. The 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 ommissions.

I am particularly greatful to the members of the Vietnam railways Forum 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.








kompozer
Created with Kompozer
the Open Source Web Designer

Railways in Vietnam website 2009-2012 David Gurnett
Last Updated January 2,  2012
All images remain the copyright of their original owners and are reproduced purely for the purposes of research.

Please feel free to contact me at info@railwaysinvietnam.com