Laos and China signed a memorandum of understanding to build the railway last year 2010. China will cover a 70 percent of the project investment and the rest will be provided by the Lao partner. The Lao government believes the high-speed link (as picture below) will help Laos transform itself from a landlocked to land-linked nation.
High Speed Train
The Lao National Assembly on December, 2010 gave its permission to a plan of high-speed railway construction linking China to its capital of Vientiane. The construction of the seven-billion-U.S. dollar project from Boten to Vientiane, which is 421 kilometer long and forms part of the proposed Asean-China railway, is scheduled to begin in April of 2011 and will be completed in 2015.
The joint venture will generate income from railway service charges, which will be used to repay the Chinese loan. China wanted to use the railway to boost trade with Asean nations. Currently, China exports goods worth US$4,000 billion to Asean, this railway would be economical if it could transport 10 percent of Chinese exports to the region.
Here are the high speed trains that currently operating in China
Watch Video Below about China high speed train
Here's the video graphic presentation about Boten-Vientiane railway link if the construction finish Laos will have the exact railway link like this ones.
Boten-Vientiane Railway Presentation
Here are some details of Boten Vientiane railway link:
The railway link starts from Boten passing through four provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane. As 80% of the railway link are going through mountainous area then there will be 165 bridges total length 92.6 km, 69 tunnels total length 186.9 km. The combine length of bridges and tunnels is 279.5 km which cover 66% of total railway distance of 421 km.
Map of Boten-Vientiane railway link
At the beginning there will be 21 stations as follow:
2. Ban NaThong
3. Ban HuaNam
4. Muong Xai
5. Ban NakhokTay
6. Huoi Phoulai
7. Luang Prabang
8. Muong XiengNgeun
9. Ban Sen
11. Ban BuaPheouk
12. Ban Phatang
13. Vang Vieng
14. Ban VangMon
15. Ban MangKhi
16. Ban HinHop
17. Phonh Hong
18. Ban Sakha
19. Ban Phonh Sung
20. Vientiane Neua
21. Vientiane Tay
Here are graphics model photos of some proposed train stations in Laos
Muong Xay Station
If the Boten Vientiane railway go ahead and finish on time by 2015, Laos will have a modern railway road that will help improve transportation, economy, tourism and the stand living of its people.
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