I prefer free travel, but I fell for the temptation of TV home shopping and went on a group trip to Vietnam.
My main destination is Halong Bay, but I ended up staying overnight at a hotel in Bac Ninh. It is said that Bac Ninh is a corporate city about 40 km from Hanoi, and there are quite a few Korean companies in it, so it is enough to form a Korea Town.
However, I did not have time to go to Koreatown due to my tight schedule. Fortunately, they gave me a preference, not a preference for late departure the next day.
So, I decided to use this good opportunity as an opportunity to know a little bit about Vietnam Railways rather than Korea Town and went to sleep. No, because of the forced march, I just stretched it out.
I woke up terribly bright in the morning and headed to the train station by myself with my body exhausted. The station I went to is called THICAU Station.
▲ Vietnam’s three-track multi-gauge railway in the direction of Tikau Station.
When I asked about the train time at the hotel, they said that it only runs twice a day, and that there are no trains for several hours from now.
If you look at the picture above, is it different from a normal railroad? This is a three-line composite gauge that can mix two gauges. The Vietnamese railway is a narrow gauge of 1000 mm, which is called a meter gauge. However, from Dang Dong Station on the border with China to Jarrum Station in Hanoi, narrow gauge and standard gauge are installed together.
▲ On the other side of Tikau Station, the railway going towards Bac Ninh Station
▲ Obstruction signal encountered along the way
In the distance, you can see the signal sign at Tikau Station. The occlusion method seems to be an interlocking occlusion method, and since it is a single wire, I think it may be a remote signal.
▲ Tikau Station Square (?)
The size of the station is about the same as a simple station. Two young friends were drinking tea. I can see that you are concerned about taking pictures.
▲ Platform at Tikau Station
It is a barota structure that allows you to enter the station premises and board the train immediately.
I stopped by the station office shown on the right side of the picture, and after using Google Translate to convey my intentions, I was able to get permission to enter the premises and take a picture.
▲ Waiting room at Tikau Station
A place where I had a bit of a culture shock. There was a bar in the waiting room. He is also an expert in dipping sauce…
▲ Crossing at Tikau Station.
Since the trains run so infrequently, you can often see people walking on the track like this (from me…).
The fact that there is a junction right next to the crossing is a bit of a stability problem. I thought the twin-signal track changer was right there in a place with high (if low) traffic.
This guy’s occupational disease…^^
▲ Crossing at Tikau Station
This is my favorite picture because anyone can tell that it is a Vietnamese railway. It was very impressive to cross the railroad crossing on a bicycle with non-la on.
▲ The premises of Tikau Station as seen from the crossing.
The papaya tree is lovely, but it looks a bit dangerous.
▲ A guard at a railroad crossing in Vietnam
It’s not Tikau Station, but a cut while traveling by bus.
Although it was a short time of about two hours, I looked around Tikau Station and Bac Ninh Station. There was no station staff at Bac Ninh Station, so I couldn’t enter the station, so I could only see it briefly.
In the next article, I will briefly tell you about Park Ninh Station.