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Train tickets for Tet Holiday to be sold online

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

German police remove nuclear waste train protesters

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

German protesters mobilise against nuclear waste train

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

London braces for Underground train strike

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 5:42 am

Train fares for Tet holiday down up by 80 percent

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Vietnam Railway will begin selling train tickets for the Lunar New Year in the end of October with Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City fares down by as much as 80%.

        Sai Gon Railway StationAccordingly, train fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City before Tet holiday and Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi after Tet will drop 80 percent.

This is the most decrease that the Vietnam Railway has ever launched. The previous years saw a maximum cut of 50 percent.

Customers can buy tickets by phone or on the Internet, at the station and local agencies.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam rail traffic resumes after train accident

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

Vietnam’s north-south railway traffic resumed last night, having temporarily shut down, after a train en route to Hanoi collided with a truck in Ha Nam Province near the capital, seriously injuring the train conductor, railway officials said.

Railway traffic was disrupted on August 6 when three carriages of the Thong Nhat train were derailed after it hit a truck in Ha Nam Province. (Photo:SGGP)

Around 8:00 am, the train crashed into a truck loaded with stones at a crossing in Tien Tan Commune, Duy Tien District.

There were no warning signs or barriers at the crossing.

Three carriages went off the track and overturned, however, nearly 300 passengers on the train were not hurt.

Train conductor, Truong Xuan Thuc, 40, was taken to a hospital for emergency aid for severe injuries he sustained in the crash.

Meanwhile, the truck driver escaped injury, having jumped from the truck before it was struck by the train.

The three carriages were transported to the nearest station for repair work, clearing the track for traffic.

Vietnam Railway Corporation had to send staff to repair 50-meters of damaged railway.

By 4:30 pm the same day, the north–south traffic resumed.

Four trains en route from north to south were delayed and thousands of passengers had to wait at the Hanoi train station due to the accident, said Nguyen Van Binh, deputy director of Hanoi Railway Passenger Transport.

According to police, a lack of warning signs or barriers at the crossing were to blame for the accident; also, the truck driver did not observe his surroundings carefully enough as he tried to cross railway line with a train approaching. 

Source: SGGP

North-South express train derails in truck collision

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

North-South express train derails in truck collision

QĐND – Friday, August 06, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

Four carriages went off the tracks and overturned when a North-South express train en route to Hanoi collided with a truck in Ha Nam province, about 70km from Hanoi, on August 6.

All 350 passengers on the train were safe with some sustaining minor injuries, but the truck driver was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. Dao Quang Huy, an assistant train driver, had one of his hands severed after being trapped in the smashed locomotive cabin. He was also admitted to a local hospital nearby for treatment.

The accident happened at 08.00am when the train crashed into a truck loaded with stones at a crossing in Tien Tan commune, Duy Tien district. There were no warning signs or barriers at the crossing.

The accident caused serious traffic congestion along National Highway No1A from Nam Dinh to Hanoi. Rescue workers used cranes to help with the rescue work.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

50 dead in India train crash

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

KOLKATA, India, July 19, 2010 (AFP) – A speeding express rammed into the back of another passenger train in eastern India early Monday morning, killing more than 50 people and trapping others in the wreckage, officials said.

The express hit the other train as it stood at a station in Birbhum district, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Kolkata, the state capital of West Bengal.

In an image grab taken from Aaj Tak television Indian bystanders and rescue officials crowd the scene of a train accident at Saithiya, some 250kms north of Kolkata on July 19, 2010. AFP

The force of the impact lifted one of the stationary train’s rear carriages off the tracks and left it lodged at an angle over a passenger bridge at the station.

Bodies and badly injured travellers were being pulled from the crumpled mass of steel by emergency services and members of a huge crowd of onlookers which had gathered around the site of the accident.

“The death toll has crossed 50. We are still struggling to pull out some bodies from the coach,” senior police officer Humayun Kabir told AFP by telephone from the scene.

There was no immediate report of what may have caused the accident.

Most of the dead were in the rear “unreserved” carriages, which are usually tightly packed.

“The people who have lost their lives were travelling in unreserved coaches. We do not have their names and any vital information about them to inform their relatives,” Sunil Banerjee, a local rail traffic manager told AFP.

“Relief trains have been rushed from Kolkata,” he said.

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and other senior officials were also on their way to the site.

The accident came less than two months after a train collision blamed on Maoist saboteurs killed nearly 150 people in West Bengal.

In that incident, a Mumbai-bound high-speed passenger express from Kolkata veered off the tracks into the path of an oncoming freight train. Police officials said a section of the track had been removed.

The state-run railway system — still the main form of long-distance travel in India despite fierce competition from new private airlines — carries 18.5 million people daily.

There are 300 accidents on the railways every year, and past crashes have left hundreds dead.

In 2002, 100 were killed and 150 hurt when a carriage plunged into a river in the northeastern state of Bihar, while in 1995 more than 300 died in a collision near Ferozabad, close to the Taj Mahal city of Agra.

The worst accident on record dates back to 1981 when a train plunged off the track into a river in eastern Bihar state, killing 800 people.

Source: SGGP

Blame-game over deadly India train crash

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

KOLKATA, India, July 20, 2010 (AFP) – A probe into a rail crash in eastern India that claimed more than 60 lives focused Tuesday on why a packed express train hurtled at high speed into a station where it was scheduled to halt.

The express roared into Sainthia station in West Bengal state at 90 kilometers an hour (60 miles an hour) early Monday and slammed with enormous force into the rear of a stationary train waiting to leave the platform.

An Indian man weeps as he identifies a body outside the city hospital in Suri, some 200 km north of Kolkata, on July 19, 2010, following the railway accident. AFP

More than 160 people were injured and two of them died overnight, raising the overall death toll to 63.

Speculation and looming state elections in West Bengal produced a host of theories in the immediate wake of the crash, as the potential for blame was shifted between politicians and railway officials.

Indian Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahay suggested that human error was the most likely cause, saying the express driver had ignored a stop signal and then failed to reduce speed as he approached the station.

“Why was the train travelling so fast? The driver didn’t even touch the brakes or the emergency brakes,” Sahay told reporters.

With the express hurtling towards them, officials at Sainthia station issued frantic warnings over the public address system, telling those on the platform to run for safety.

Retired train drivers interviewed by several Indian newspapers questioned Sahay’s version of events, saying the fact that neither the driver nor his assistant attempted to apply the brakes suggested a signal failure or other technical malfunction.

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee had initially raised the possibility of sabotage, a move her opponents said was aimed at deflecting criticism for a recent spate of train accidents on her watch.

Banerjee has come under pressure for neglecting her ministerial duties in order to concentrate on the May 2011 polls in her home state of West Bengal where she is aiming to end more than three decades of Marxist rule.

“Shunt Her Out” was the front page verdict of the Mail Today newspaper, while an editorial in The Hindu said Banerjee was “clearly not up to the job of ensuring safety on the tracks”.

West Bengal Civil Defence Minister Srikumar Mukherjee, an arch rival of Banerjee’s, ridiculed her hints at possible sabotage.

“The tragic accident took place because of negligence on the part of the railway administration,” Mukherjee said.

Source: SGGP

Party turns to horror as Spanish train slams revellers

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

CASTELLDEFELS, Spain, June 24, 2010 (AFP) – “In three seconds there were bodies everywhere,” said Marcelo Carmona, who watched helplessly as an express train ploughed into revellers crossing a railway track in northeastern Spain, killing 13.

Carmona was one of hundreds of people who had arrived at Castelldefels, a town of some 63,000 people just south of Barcelona, on a local train just before midnight to attend the annual San Juan festivities at its beach.

Women cry outside the Legal Medicine Institute of Barcelona where the bodies of the victims of a train crash were sent for identification on June 24, 2010. AFP

He said the youths who packed the train were “euphoric” at the prospect of the bonfires, fireworks and dancing traditionally held on the sands by the little station to celebrate the start of summer.

“When the doors opened, I stayed behind with my family. The younger ones headed for an underpass but it is very narrow and it immediately became full,” Carmona, a Bolivian, told reporters at the site of the accident.

“A wave of passengers crossed the tracks by foot. Then a train arrived at great speed. It made several warning sounds,” he added.

The passenger train, travelling from the southeastern city of Alicante to Barcelona, struck a group of some 30 people caught in the middle of the track.

“Everyone was screaming and crying, they were in a state of shock,” said Carmona.

Amateur video images taken right after the accident broadcast on Spanish television showed a young man carrying an injured woman to one of the dozens of ambulances which had raced to the scene.

Small groups of youngsters embraced, their clothes lit up by the flashing lights of the vehicles of emergency services. Some wept or held their hands to their heads as they looked at the bodies strewn around them.

Castelldefels mayor Joan Sau said a footbridge over the tracks was closed in October due to remodelling works at the train station and it was replaced by the underground passageway.

Some witnesses said many people were unsure how to get across the tracks when they found the entrance to the footbridge closed.

“We were disoriented, we did not know which exit to take, where to go. There were a lot of people,” said Candy Carmona who arrived at Castelldefels with a group of friends on the same commuter train as the victims.

Claudio Lucero, the Chilean owner of a small supermarket located just in front of the station, said the express train did not sound its warning siren “until the last moment.”

“Last night, all the trains were packed and there were people everywhere on the platform. Having seen that at previous stations, the driver could have travelled a bit slower,” he added.

State-owned rail network Renfe said the train which struck the passengers was travelling below the recommended speed when it passed through the station.

A human body and some body parts were still visible on the tracks hours after the accident amid dozens of police, medics, firefighters and Red Cross workers.

Teams of forensic workers scoured the tracks for body parts. Officials said the task of identifying the victims is expected to be complicated because the bodies were smashed to pieces by the force of the impact.

The remains were taken in 20 sacks to a medical institute in Barcelona, where their loved ones gathered in the afternoon.

“I’m sad for my son’s friend who’s inside,” said Yolanda Flores, an Ecuadorian woman whose two children narrowly escaped the accident.

“His mother is looking for him everywhere in the hospitals. She doesn’t want to believe that he is here with the other bodies.”

Lucero, the owner of the supermarket at the train station, questioned the attitude of the police at the scene before the accident.

“Several hours before, they stopped kids who were crossing the tracks on foot. Rather than dissuading them, they frisked them. They seemed to be more interested in seeing what they had in their knapsacks,” he said.

Source: SGGP