Laos flag symbol inspires passenger train design for Laos-China Railway

VIENTIANE, October 15 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Lao flag symbol with its three colors inspired the design of the first train to run on the Laos-China Railway.

The EMU train, called “Lane Xang” after the old name of Laos when the country was known as the kingdom of Lane Xang (million elephants), is expected to arrive in Vientiane on Friday, before the planned opening of the railway line in December.

The Laos-China Railway Company said the Lao flag symbol inspired experts when designing the train.

This will make it easy for people to recognize that the design of the outer part of the train was inspired by the symbol of the flag and its three colors – red, white and blue.

Red represents the blood of Lao revolutionary fighters, blue the country’s rich natural resources, and white the solidarity of the people under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

The train consists of seven cars with two seating classes offering 720 seats combined. First class has 56 seats and second class consists of 662 seats and two special seats for disabled passengers.

Laos and China have agreed to inaugurate the railway line, which connects Vientiane to the Chinese border, on December 2, the day the Lao People’s Democratic Republic celebrates its 46th anniversary.

The Lane Xang train will be used on the inaugural day and operated later.

The Laos-China Railway Company plans to purchase another train to strengthen its operations and services.

The second train is named “Khaenlao” after the khaen, a traditional pipe instrument whose music has been recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. culture (UNESCO).

The Lao government confirmed last week that the Laos-China railway will open on December 2 despite the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

Authorities are drawing up plans to open and operate the railway under conditions consistent with measures to combat the coronavirus, to ensure the safety of all involved.

Trains must travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h on the 422.4 km railway line.

Once operational, the rail service will facilitate and speed up travel from Vientiane to northern Laos, which is currently via roads traversing mountainous terrain.

The railway line is expected to reduce the cost of transport across northwestern Laos by 30-40%, compared to transport by road. -Vientiane Times/ANN

Jose P. Rogers