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Decision coming on design of Hanoi urban railway carriages

Released at: 22:45, 05/06/2015

Decision coming on design of Hanoi urban railway carriages

Trains used on the Cat Linh - Ha Dong route in Hanoi will be imported from China, with a final decision on the design to come shortly

by Son Ho

The Railway Project Management Board has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Transport on the exterior and interior design plans for trains on the Cat Linh - Ha Dong urban railway line in Hanoi.

It proposes that 13 B1 trains be purchased from the Beijing Rolling Stock Equipment Co., each of which has four stainless steel carriages.

As it’s not a high-speed railway an aerodynamic design is unnecessary, but a dynamic and modern look with youthful colors and décor that express Vietnamese culture is preferred.

The Chinese company submitted ten design plans, of which six were for the exterior design and four for the interior design. The Management Board has agreed with the sixth plan submitted for the exterior design.

The lead carriage is wedged-shaped with a dynamic and modern design commonly found in high-speed trains, with its windshields and windows being tinted. It will feature a symbol of the Temple of Literature in the middle of the carriage, with the words “Cat Linh - Ha Dong” shown underneath.

No final decision on the design has been made so far, however. Mr. Le Kim Thanh, General Director of the Railway Project Management Board, said that after the design plans are green-lighted by authorities the Board will start working closely with the manufacturer.


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