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Dalat Railway Station

Plans to build the Da Lat Railway Station were laid tabled at the turn of 20th century but construction did not commence until 1932.Dalat Railway Station was one of the finest feats of colonial engineering in Vietnam.Dalat Railway Station

In the early 20th century, Paul Doumer, the French Governor-General of Indochina from 1897 to 1902, approved the construction of a railway line from Thap Cham in Ninh Thuan province to Da Lat at a cost of 200 million franc.

The colonialists hired Swedish engineers for the job, who had experience at building zigzag railways for use on steep slopes. Although the initial survey was conducted in 1898, construction of the first phase running from Thap Cham to Song Pha, just 38 kilometres, only commenced in 1908 and took seven years to be completed.

 

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