Trial run begins on Laos-Thailand railway

By VNA   May 15, 2024 | 07:10 pm PT
Trial run begins on Laos-Thailand railway
A train runs along the railway tracks during a stop in the middle of Pasak Jolasid Dam, Thailand’s biggest reservoir in Lopburi province. Photo by AFP
Laos and Thailand have commenced a trial run of the new cross-border railway service before its official launch in the next few months.

Operated by the Lao National Railway State Enterprise under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the trials are taking place on May 14-17 from Thanaleng railway station to Vientiane Khamsavath station in Laos.

After this initial trial run, the testing will further extend from Thailand’s Udon Thani railway station and Nong Khai station to Laos’s Thanaleng railway station and Khamsavath station on May 18-20.

Construction of the Lao-Thai Railway Project began in 2013 with an initial completion target set for the end of 2021. However, the Khamsavath station project encountered delays, resulting in its completion in 2023.

The Lao-Thai Railway and the Laos-China Railway are crucial components of a regional rail network aimed at connecting China to Singapore through Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia.

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