A narrow residential street in Vietnam has a speeding train passing through twice a day, just inches away from the doorsteps of residential properties.
The Hanoi’s Train Street or Doorway Railway is a railway line which passes twice a day through residential and commercial area of Hanoi in Vietnam. Located between Lê Duẩn and Khâm Thin street in Hanoi’s old quarter, the Doorway Railway is one of the must-see attractions in Hanoi.
For the locals who live and move in this unique street, it is a normal routine as train driving past just inches away from their doorsteps. But, for foreign visitors, it is fascinating to witness the terrifying passing train, with motorbike traffic, homes and businesses literally opening out onto the railway lines. The Hanoi train street has become a favorite photo-taking spot for locals and international tourists who are looking for an inspiration.
The railway dangerous proximity to houses and shops is a result of the illegally built train crossings throughout Vietnam. However, the residents are quite familiar with the train schedule. When the train is about to arrive, the residents ensure their bikes, goods and personal belongings, as well as their roaming children, are all safely out of the way, before the train passes. A sudden rush takes over everyone and the bustling street turns dead silent in a matter of seconds. The silence is broken only by the screeching heavy metal minutes later.
If you suddenly hear the train tooting its horn, you literally had to jump off the tracks and stand almost pinned against a wall or duck into a nearby cafe to escape being killed.