Crémaillère Railway Station
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Lonely Planet review
Dalat’s pretty train station is now largely decorative. The cog-railway linked Dalat and Thap Cham from 1928 to 1964, but was closed due to VC attacks. A short section of the track to Trai Mat village has been running since 1997 and the government has pledged to restore the rest of the line. If completed this would provide a great tourist link to the main north–south lines.
There are old locomotives on display, including a Japanese steam train. Five scheduled trains run to Trai Mat (return ticket 100,000d, 30 minutes, 8km) every day between 7.45am and 4.05pm. In reality tickets must be booked half an hour ahead and they won’t leave without at least two passengers.