Mr Dang Sy Manh

     Deputy General in Charge

Vietnam Railways (VNR)

An Overview of Vietnam Railways

The first railway line of Vietnam was constructed in 1881 with 71 km in length linking Sai Gon and My Tho. Then the Trans-Viet line was operated in 1936. Up to now, railway network has been made a rapid leap compared with the starting period in terms of its scale and operation capacity. Vietnam Railway network consists of 7 main lines linking and passing through 35 provinces and cities with difficult terrains.                             

  

  • 1881
    The first railway line in Vietnam and in Indochina with the length of 71 km between Sai Gon and My Tho was constructed.
  • 1936
    Completion of railway network in Vietnam with the total length of 2,600km.
  • 1946
    President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to Vietnam Railways praising the staff for their best services. Then the letter date is considered to be Vietnam Railways’ Tradition Day.
  • 1955
    The Prime Minister promulgated the decision to establish General Railway Administration.
  • 1976
    After 36 years of separation, the railway line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city was reunified connecting North and South of the country.
  • 1990
    General Railway Administration was reformed to be Vietnam Railway Union according to Decision No. 575/QD/TCCB-LD dated April 10, 1990 of the Minister of Transport.
  • 1999
    The railway itineraries from the North to the South and vice versa were shortened from 58 hours (1988) to 32 hours (1999).
  • 2000
    The 2nd generation passenger cars were firstly manufactured by VNR. These cars have been supplied with new features and highly valued by the public.
  • 2003
    Establishment of Vietnam Railways based on the former Vietnam Railway Union under Decision No. 34/2003 QD-TTg dated March 4, 2003 of the Vice Prime Minister.
  • 2005
    The Law on Railways was approved by the National Assembly. It is the highest legal base for a sustainable development of Vietnam Railways.
  • 2010
    Mother Company - Vietnam Railways -was restructured according to Decision No. 973/QD-TTg dated 25 June 2010 by the Prime Minister to be a State owned One-Member Limited Company.
  • 2013
    The plan for restructuring of Vietnam Railways in 2012-2015 period was approved by the Prime Minister.
  • 2017
    The Revised Railway Law was approved by the National Assembly with many breakthrough mechanisms and policies.

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