The International Steam Pages
(50%) Real Steam in Vietnam, November 2010
Fabrice Lanoue visited the steelworks of Thai Nguyen - the last stand of steam in
Vietnam - with a Far Rail Tour.
They use one (or maybe two) Chinese 0-6-0T for shunting operations in the steel works and for the few hundred yards to the state railway station.
The party had an official permit for the visit including the blast furnaces, the slag tip and the depot.
The management agreed to use two steam locomotives. The steelworks still has six of the Chinese GJ class locomotives. Most of the tracks inside the steelworks have mixed gauge (three rails). The steam locomotives are used on the standard gauge while Russian diesel locomotives are the metre gauge locomotives.
The steelworks still have a Japanese 2-6-2-metre gauge tank engine which is stored in good condition in the shed.
Hanoi (all metre gauge)