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1930s train restored in Dalat

2009-12-08 (GMT + 7)

A train built based on a 1930s French design began shuttling tourists in the central highlands resort town of Dalat on Friday.

The four-compartment train offers sightseeing tours around Dalat’s vegetable and flower gardens along seven-kilometers of rail between the Da Lat and Trai Mat stations.
A tour guide accompanies tourists on the trip, said Ngo Minh Chau, Da Lat Station Director.  
Each compartment is adorned with old-fashioned décor and the train plays old French and Vietnamese songs about Da Lat, Chau said.  
Da Lat-Trai Mat railway was part of the Da Lat-Thap Cham Railway built by the French in 1932. The 84-kilometer railway was closed down late 1960s.  
In 1991 the local authorities restored the Da Lat – Trai Mat section for tourism and began building the 1930s train three months ago.

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