On May 21, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that the Ministry agreed to allow the steam locomotives to operate on the railway section of Hue – Da Nang. The functional units will work with the investor to lease railway infrastructure and prepare a train operation plan.
A couple of steam locomotives mainly serve tourists, running daily from Lang Co station (Thua Thien Hue) – Da Nang station. This train has VIP seat carriages, sightseeing wagons and restaurants, power generation wagons and kitchens. The wagons are all newly built at Di An Railway Plant.
The train will run through Hai Van pass, the most beautiful route of the North-South railway with sections running around the pass, railway bridges and tunnels built by the French.
This type of locomotive was popularly applied in the world from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. The Vietnamese railway industry gradually replaced steam locomotives with electric and diesel locomotives in the 1990s.