- Southeast Asia Railways
- News: January 2024
News: January 2024
100 days of the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway, Bangkok-Vientiane train by April, bidders for the KL-Singapore HSR, HCMC-Can Tho Railway
Welcome to the first edition of Southeast Asia Railway news for 2024. I’ve moved the newsletter to a new platform, but it should be business as usual in your inbox.
I haven’t got any train trips planned next month (no trains where I am going) but I have mapped out a plan for 2024 that involves some new train trips. Some of them are in this month’s newsletter.
Here is a summary of news and stories of rail travel in Southeast Asia over the last month.
“Trial runs to start next month on final link to main station in Lao capital, says SRT.”
"Seven local and international consortia, comprising 31 firms have submitted Request for Information (RFI) concept proposals for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project."
“The chairman of MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd, Datuk Seri Fauzi Abdul Rahman, said that there may be a possibility that the bullet train will be extended to Malaysia’s northern sector, with a final stop at Padang Besar in Perlis, but the immediate priority is on the KL-Singapore HSR to be developed.”
“On June 1, 1885, the railway age dawned on Malaya. It was a momentous occasion when the country’s first train embarked on an 8-mile (12.8km) journey from Taiping to Port Weld.”
“A Japanese steam train that used to run on the Thai-Burma 'Death Railway' plies the rails in Thailand today thanks to the loving care of Thai mechanics.”
"Under the group’s proposal sent to the government, the railway route would be 174 kilometres long and have 12 stations, running HCM City, Can Tho City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Long An, Tien Giang and Vinh Long. It will transport both passengers and goods."
"Vietnam Railway Administration (Ministry of Transport) said it is working with the China National Railway Administration to agree on a point to connect 1.435 mm standard gauge railway tracks between the two sides at Lao Cai, deployed from 2025."