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This section will concentrate on other rail related structures, not including stations.

1. Flagman's Buildings

I don't what to call these. In Australia we would call them 'humpy's or something similar. There doesn't seem to be any eqivalent of what we would call a 'signal box' or 'signal tower', as all points appear to be manually operated from next to the point (turnout). However there are small structures located adjacent to points, passing sidings, level crossings, bridges and tunnels, which appear to be used by the flagmen (flagpersons?) who apparently control access. I am a bit confused as to why you need these persons at tunnels or the entrance to bridges, as the signalling system on the mainline line appears to be some form of semi-automatic colour light system. Maybe there is no interlocking with the points? Whatever, they make for a collection of interesting buildings, each one slightly different from the last. Internally they seem to be made up of a single room, with a table and chair and somewhere for staff to sleep, at least that's what I could see from the window of SE8, presumably a phone, and little else.

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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 (or any language for that matter) 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 late last year (2009) I've collected quite a bit of data and quite a few photos, though there are some ommissions.

How long it will take me to get it all up online I don't know. So please be patient.








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