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Railways of Tramways of Viet Nam, the
ISBN :   9789744801883
WL Order Code :    E22669
Price :    US$42.00
Print :   Bangkok 2012
Size :   423 pp.,illus. 17 pp. maps, 210 x 295 mm pbk Weight  1.600 kg
  Doling, Tim

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The Railways and Tramways of Việt Nam is the result of two years of research and is the first in-depth English language history of Việt Nam’s rail and tram networks, from their inception to the present day. Drawing on both French and Vietnamese archival materials__many only recently made available to foreign researchers__and incorporating over 350 images and maps both in black-and-white and in colour, the book provides a unique insight into the development of rail transportation in French Indochina and the crucial role played the railways during the First and Second Indochina Wars. Bringing the story up to date, it also examines the development of the national railway network since reunification in 1975 and the Vietnamese government’s ambitious plans to transform the railway landscape by creating a modern and competitive main-line and urban rail network. With its fascinating subject matter, The Railways and Tramways of Việt Nam will be of interest not only to railway enthusiasts, researchers and historians, but also to the average visitor to this captivating country. It will also be an essential tool for the “platform-end” rail fan, with appendices containing locomotive technical data, running numbers and depot allocations, a complete station/km listing for all operational Vietnamese railway lines and a directory of key contacts in the Vietnamese railway sector, including diesel depots and stabling points.

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Date : 2014-08-03 09:37:04  |   Vietnam railway history
Reviewer :   warren miller
There has been little information available in English on the history of railway development in Vietnam, but Tim Doling's book fills this gap very well. The book contains a great amount of factual information, which is well organised and presented in a very readable manner. The context in which the railways were created and operated is always fully described, and will be a useful resource for anyone interested in the construction of railways in a colonial administration, and their development through periods of social change. However for this reader, the most interesting part is the coverage of the role the railways played in the 'American War', and the challenges faced by the government in transforming the railways into a modern commercial enterprise, up to the present day. It is always enjoyable to read a book which covers a transport subject that has otherwise had little previous attention (at least in English)

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