The frontage of the new station in Saigon on 25/5/1990. Photo : Colin Martindale

Much like the other countries in Indochina, the railways in Vietnam have been much damaged by successive wars following the Japanese invasion in 1940. It was not until the late 1970s following the Vietnam war that renovation started, with the first through trains between Hanoi & Saigon running once more in December 1976; although much work remained to be done to replace or repair damaged bridges, poor track, and signalling. The final steam operations were not eliminated from the Hanoi area until 2001.

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