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    Transhipment facility opened at Laos-Thailand break-of-gauge

    2022-07-18T08:00:00Z

    LAOS: The Vientiane South freight transhipment yard opened on July 1, at the break of gauge where the standard gauge railway from China which opened in December last year meets an extension of the metre-gauge line which enters Laos from Thailand. The first traffic was a ...

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    Southeast Asia: Tackling the break of gauge

    2022-03-15T12:00:00Z

    Passenger and freight facilities are being developed in both Vientiane and Nong Khai to facilitate increased rail traffic across the Laos-Thailand border.

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    Freight-only launch for Laos – China rail link

    2021-12-03T09:11:00Z

    LAOS: The 418 km railway linking Vientiane and the Chinese border at Boten was formally opened for revenue services with a ceremony on December 3, marking the 46th anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The government hopes that the line will help to stimulate the ...

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    Tunnel breakthrough marks progress in China – Laos link

    2020-08-17T14:28:00Z

    Photo: Xinhua Construction teams celebrate completion of the Koulong tunnel in Laos earlier this year. CHINA: On August 13 construction teams holed through the 14∙5 km Duoji tunnel in the Mojiang Hani district, northeast of the town of Pu’er Simao. The tunnel is one of the most ...

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    The first railway in Laos, a 3·5 km line from Nong Khai (Thailand) north over the border Friendship Bridge to Thanaleng southeast of Vientiane, opened in March 2009. It is operated by State Railway of Thailand. Plans to extend the line beyond Vientiane were dropped in November 2010 in favour ...

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    Rail agreements reached at the Belt & Road Forum

    2019-05-02T08:04:20Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Railway projects were included in the ‘283 concrete results’ announced by the hosts following the Second Belt & Road Forum for International Co-operation, which was held in Beijing on April 25-27. The forum was organised by the Chinese government to bring together heads of government and other senior figures ...

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    Construction starts on China – Laos railway

    2016-12-28T07:00:00Z

    LAOS: Ceremonies were held in the northern city of Luang Prabang on December 25 to mark the launch of construction of the 414·3 km rail link from the Chinese border to Vientiane. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith formally turned the first sod and struck a gong to mark the start ...

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    Laos railway construction contracts awarded

    2016-09-15T08:46:00Z

    LAOS: Laos-China Railway Co Ltd has awarded China Railway Group subsidiaries contracts for the civil works on sections I, II and III of the Boten – Vientiane railway. The three contracts awarded to China Railway No 5 Engineering Group, China Railway International Group and China Railway No 8 Engineering Group ...

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    Ceremony launches Laos railway construction

    2015-12-04T11:52:00Z

    LAOS: A groundbreaking ceremony in Vientiane on December 2 marked the formal start of construction of a Chinese-backed standard gauge main line running north-south through Laos from the Chinese border to the Thai frontier at Nong Khai. Lao President Choummaly Sayasone ceremonially dug into a pyramid of sand, telling assembled ...

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    Trans-Laos railway construction could begin in November

    2015-10-26T14:30:00Z

    LAOS: Construction of the planned standard gauge corridor running north-south through Laos could begin next month, according to officials in Vientiane. The railway would be an extension of China Railways’ existing line running south from Kunming in Yunnan province towards Vietnam. The Chinese and Lao governments agreed to develop ...

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    Malaysian firm to build east-west corridor in Laos

    2012-11-08T12:24:00Z

    LAOS: Watched by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, a contract was signed in Vientiane on November 5 for construction of a 220 km railway running east-west across Laos from the Thai to Vietnamese borders. Under an agreement with the Laotian government worth ...

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    Chinese loan agreements revive trans-Laos project

    2012-10-30T11:20:00Z

    LAOS: Vientiane has agreed to accept US$7bn of loans from China to restart construction of the stalled 420 km north-south railway linking the capital to China’s Yunnan province via Phônhông, Vangvieng, Luang Phabang, Oudomxay and Louang Namtha. The cross-border project dates back to 2009, when an agreement between the Laotian ...

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    Cross-border line to reach Vientiane

    2012-07-23T14:24:00Z

    LAOS: Within a budget of 495m baht, the cross-border railway between Nong Khai in Thailand and Tha Na Laeng in Laos is to be extended to the capital Vientiane, where a station and railway offices would be built. The 7·8 km extension should be completed ‘within two years’, according to ...

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    Laos cross-border freight hopes

    2011-05-24T15:26:00Z

    ASIA: A senior official at State Railway of Thailand has raised hopes that freight services may be introduced later this year over the Friendship Bridge to the Laotian railhead at Tha Na Laeng. 'Hopefully this year we can run the first freight service', Voravuth Mala, Director of Marketing at SRT ...

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    Inaugural train begins Laos royal visit

    2009-03-05T15:03:00Z

    LAOS: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand presided over the inaugural cross-border rail journey into Laos on March 5. Following a ceremony at Nong Khai station, the princess travelled across the Mekong to Tha Na Laeng, where she began a two-day official visit to Laos. The Thai-Lao Friendship bridge ...

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    Coach donation prepares for Laos railway launch

    2009-02-20T11:56:00Z

    LAOS: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is expected to inaugurate the cross-border rail connection on March 5, with public services beginning at 16.20 that day. From March 6 there will be two daily return trips across the Thai-Lao Friendship bridge, taking 15 min between Nong Khai and the ...

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    Trans-Laos railway survey agreed

    2008-12-04T10:00:00Z

    LAOS: Investment company Giant Group is to undertake surveys for a railway running 220 km across southern Laos from the Thai to the Vietnamese borders. A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed with the Ministry of Public Works & Transport on November 10. The proposed electrified line ...

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    Testing takes train into Laos

    2008-07-07T12:00:00Z

    LAOS: State Railway of Thailand began running test trains over the recently-completed rail link into Laos on July 4. SRT plans to operate two test trains a day until July 15, with passengers carried free of charge but unable to alight in Laos until customs facilities are completed. The railway ...

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    Laos link launched

    2007-03-01T11:00:00Z

    WORK to link Laos to Thailand's rail network officially began on January 19, when Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula attended a ground-breaking ceremony in Dongphosy. This will be the site of the future Tha Naleng passenger and freight rail terminal, close to ...