The Doorstep Railway of Hanoi


21st Mar, 2014


You might have heard of the Railway Food Market in Thailand but here’s another urban oddity to feast your eyes on. This is the main line railway that passes through the residential old quarter and commercial neighbourhoods of Hanoi, Vietnam. The trains pass through the heart of the city twice a day, just inches away from the doorsteps of residential buildings.

Lead image (c) Steve Calcott



Images (c) Ashit Desai 

Adam Armstrong traveled to Vietnam recently and witnessed the train in action…


Speaking to Oddity Central about the urban railway, Adam recalls the surreal sight…

“The people here know the schedule well,” said Adam. “At just about 4 pm and 7 pm every day, you suddenly notice people start to file into their homes and in the front yard where kids were playing and women were cutting vegetables is suddenly replaced by rushing steel and noise.”

By the train tracks, Hanoi

Image (c) Helge Arne Hanken


Image (c) Sabine Fricke 

Hanoi Vietnam 1st May 2012

Image (c) Lose_Grip

In a local newspaper claiming that more than $2 billion would be needed to improve conditions of Vietnam’s railways, Vice chairman of National Committee for Traffic Safety Nguyen Hoang Hiep told Viet Nam News that each year, the number of people dying in railway accidents accounts for about 2 per cent of all deaths in Viet Nam.

“A majority of railway accidents reportedly happen at crossings, especially at illegally-built crossings. At present, Viet Nam has nearly 3,200 kilometres of railway with about 6,000 railroad crossings. However, just 1,000 were built legally while the rest were built illegally as shortcuts by households who live along railways,” said the Chairman.

Railway crossing in Hanoi

Image (c) Torsten Schmidt

Passing a station @ "Hai Van Pass" (Cloud Pass)

Image (c) Florian Grupp

Hanoi Vietnam 30th April 2012

Image (c) Lose_Grip

3988 Reunification Railway, Hanoi

Image (c) Paul Johnson 

Could there be a more appropriate situation to use the phrase, “t00 close to home”?

via Oddity Central

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