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Train cars from Japan get on HCMC’s first metro track

By Quynh Tran, Huu Khoa   October 10, 2020 | 09:24 pm PT
Three cars shipped all the way from Japan have been placed on HCMC’s first metro track in an elaborate, meticulous feat of logistics.
After being moved from Khanh Hoi Port in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4 to the Long Binh Depot in District 9, three first coaches for the city’s first metro line have been installed to tracks.  The depot will work as the center to control, maintain and repair of trains of the first metro line until 2040.

After being transported from the Khanh Hoi Port in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4 to the Long Binh Depot in District 9, the first three cars of the city’s first metro line are on its tracks. The depot will act as the control center of the line until 2040, managing maintenance and repair of its trains.

Two crane trucks with capacity of 450 and 250 tons respectively lift each coach onto the track on Saturday. Nguyen Bui Minh Quan, deputy director of the metro line No.1’s management board under the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) said the coaches are checked all over again before being on a operated on a pilot scheme. On late Friday night and early Saturday, three trailer trucks had carried three of 51 Japanese-made coaches meant for HCMC’s first metro line from Khanh Hoi Port to Long Binh Depot. The coaches arrived at the port on Thursday morning after being shipped from Japan.

Two crane trucks with capacities of 450 and 250 tons lift a train car Saturday, October 10, 2020. Nguyen Bui Minh Quan, deputy director of the metro line’s management board under the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), said the cars will be inspected thoroughly before being deployed in a pilot run.
Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, three trailer trucks had carried the three cars that will be used by HCMC’s first metro line from Khanh Hoi Port to the Long Binh Depot. The cars had arrived at the port Thursday morning.

Each coach measures 21 meters in length, three meters high, four meters wide, and weighs 37 tons. It takes around ten minute from the crane to pick each coach from the trailer truck and put it on the track, which is 200 meters long.

A total of 51 Japanese-made cars, each 21 meters long, three meters high, four meters wide and weighing 37 tons, will be used for the first metro line. It took around 10 minutes for the crane to pick a car from the trailer truck and place it on a 200-meter-long track.

As soon as the coach was put on safely on the track, the Japanese staff and experts started to check the rail system, align the rolling wheel at different sections. This process took place in over an hour.The metro line will comprises of three contract packs, built by contractor Japanese contractors Sumitomo Corporation and Hitachi, and a consortium between Vietnamese state-owned Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 6 and Sumitomo Corporation.

As soon as the cars were placed on the track, Japanese staff and experts began checking the rail system, aligning its wheels at different sections. This process took over an hour.
The metro line comprises three contract packages executed by Japanese contractors Sumitomo Corporation and Hitachi, and a consortium comprising Vietnamese state-owned Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 6 and Sumitomo Corporation.

A Japanese expert lies under the coach to check the technical system. In the coming time, the contractors will construct and install the power line to prepare for the test run.

A Japanese expert goes under the car and lies on the track as he inspects it. In the coming days, the contractors will install the power line to prepare for the test run.

Train wheels are fitted onto the railway tie, a rectangular support for the rails in railroad tracks. For this track, the track gage, or the spacing of the rails on a railway track, spans more than 1.4 meters.

The wheels are fitted onto the railway tie, a rectangular support used on railroad tracks. The track gauge, or the space between the rails, is more than 1.4 meters.

A staff inspects the connections between the coaches. The three coaches will for be assemble into a train. The 19.7-km metro route No.1 from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien theme park in District 9 will have 17 trains.The line will have 14 stations, 11 elevated and three underground. As designed, the first train will move at 110 kph on the elevated section and 80 kmp in the tunnel.

A metro line staff inspects the coupling device that will connect two cars. Thus linked, the first three cars will become a train that will run on the 19.7-km metro route No.1 from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to the Suoi Tien theme park in District 9. The route with 14 stations, 11 elevated and three underground, will have 17 trains . The first train will move at speeds of 110 kph on the elevated section and 80 kph in the tunnel.

A tractor pushes the first coach forwards to give space for the installing the second coach, that is about to be lifted. From now until the year end, the first train of the metro line would be tested at Long Binh Depot for assessment later.The much-delayed construction began in August 2012, and work is now 76 percent complete. The city hopes to complete 85 percent this year and begin commercial operations by the end of next year.The shipping of the remaining 48 coaches for the line will depending on the pilot run of the first three coaches. If the pilot goes smoothly as expected, more coaches will be delivered in mid next year.

A truck placed on the track pushes the first car to make space for placing the second car, which is about to be lifted. From now until the end of this year, the first train of the metro line will be tested at the Long Binh Depot. The much-delayed construction of the line had begun in August 2012; and work is now 76 percent complete. The city hopes to complete 85 percent this year and begin commercial operations by the end of next year. The shipping of the remaining 48 cars for the line will depend on the pilot run of the first three. If it goes smoothly as expected, more cars will be delivered mid 2021.

Part of the workshop that spread over 4,000 square meters at Long Binh Depot, where the trains will pack, be maintained, checked and fixed if any problems occur.

A part of the main workshop that spreads over 4,000 square meters at the Long Binh Depot, where the trains will be parked, maintained, checked and repaired.

The Long Binh Depot spreads over 20 hectares in total and was built in 2012. It lies 25 km from the inner-city area. The depot itself is under construction and has had 82.2 percent completed.

The Long Binh Depot, work on which also began in 2012, spreads over 20 hectares. It is about 25 km away from the inner-city area. The depot is 82.2 percent complete, according to latest reports.

 
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