"Revolution Express": A Blast from the Past Connecting Danang and Hue

06 June 2024

Two vintage water trains, now revamped and shiny, are set to become the new talk of the town, linking Danang and the ancient capital, Hue, promising a journey through Vietnam's heritage heartland. Expected to roll out by late 2024 or early 2025, these refurbished "Revolution Express" trains are the brainchild of Danang Railway Service Joint Stock Company and Wafaifo Optimisers.

Dating back to the 1960s, these iconic trains, the last of their kind in Vietnam, have undergone meticulous restoration. Each train sports two passenger cars with a classic design, accommodating up to 57 passengers per car, along with a unique kitchen car and a separate luggage car.

From traversing the majestic Hai Van Pass, flanked by azure coastlines, to halting at the scenic Lăng Cô station, the journey promises a glimpse into the breathtaking vistas of Central Vietnam. Passengers can soak in the vintage charm, served by talented staff in ancient garb, savoring light bites and drinks while beholding the endless beauty of Southeast Asia's finest coastlines and mountain passes.

danang to hue

Michael Gebbie, Chairman of Danang Railway Service, expressed pride in reviving Vietnam's railway heritage, aiming to bridge the nation's historical and future narratives. Pieter van der Hoeven, CEO of Wafaifo Optimisers, added that their team is thrilled to be part of this special heritage tourism venture, offering passengers a nostalgic journey through Vietnam's serene landscapes.

The highlight of this experiential journey will be themed dining experiences at three stations along the route: Kim Liên (Danang), Lăng Cô, and Hue, each offering unique menus and entertainment schedules tailored to welcome "Revolution Express" passengers.

At the Hue station, the original train maintenance building is being transformed into a regal-themed restaurant, echoing the city's imperial past. Meanwhile, Lăng Cô's restaurant will reflect Vietnam's contemporary independence, offering a range of delicacies from food carts serving homemade ice cream, fresh fruit juices, Vietnamese coffee, to pure sugarcane juice.

The third restaurant, planned for an outskirts station in Danang, will adopt a colonial-era design, reflecting another chapter in Vietnam's rich history. Passengers disembarking at these stations will be greeted by live music and staff in military uniforms.

"Revolution Express" marks Vietnam's first privately operated railway venture. Wafaifo Optimisers will oversee marketing, reservations, and onboard services for the train, along with launching a resort in Hoi An's Old Town in the third quarter of this year.

Stay tuned for further announcements on "Revolution Express" departure dates and ticket bookings, coming in the next few months.

Temporary Schedule:

  • 09:00 Departure from Kim Liên Station, Danang, heading northbound across Hai Van Pass.
  • 10:15 Arrive at Lăng Cô Station. Passengers may disembark or board "Revolution Express" here.
  • 11:30 Depart from Lăng Cô Station to Hue Station.
  • 13:00 Arrive at Hue Station.
  • 14:00 Depart from Hue Station.
  • 15:30 Arrive at Lăng Cô Station.
  • 16:30 Depart from Lăng Cô Station.
  • 17:45 Arrive at Kim Liên Station, Danang.

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