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Offline thaiga

First new passenger train carriages in 20 years
« on: August 30, 2016, 12:02:59 AM »
SRT's brand new passenger cars make inaugural run


The station master raises a green flag as the new train approaches Bang Bamru station on its inaugural run from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom. (Photo by Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)

A new standard of rail travel was launched on Monday morning with the inaugural trip of a train pulling the pride of the SRT - the first new passenger carriages in 20 years.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the ceremony and then boarded one of the new carriages purchased from China for the trip from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom.

He was joined by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, State Railway of Thailand board chairman Pichit Akarathit and SRT governor Wutichart Kallayanamit. 

Mr Arkhom said the train was showcasing the new, modern passenger cars.

The SRT has contracted China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) to supply 115 of the new carriages. The first batch of 39 were handed over to the SRT on July 14.  The SRT had been making test  uns of the new cars for the last month. 

They will first be put into service on the Bangkok - Chiang Mai special express trains in October. They will later be used with special express trains on three other routes: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok - Nong Khai; and, Bangkok - Hat Yai.

Mr Wuthichart said the carriages were the pride of SRT, which had not bought any new passenger cars for over 20 years.

Each of the special express trains comprise a power car to supply electricity, nine second-class air-conditioned cars, one second-class air-conditioned car for wheel-chair passengers, one first-class air-conditioned car, and one air-conditioned carriage for catering services.

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Offline koratbob47

Re: First new passenger train carriages in 20 years
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2016, 05:15:05 PM »
Whenever I go to Bangkok now, I normally take the train and I can tell you that it is absolutely true they have not bought any new cars in 20 years. I always thought that India had the oldest most antiquainted rail cars until I started riding SRT. The trip  is convenient because it ends at the MRT line and I arrive in Bangkok stress free from not having to navigate the highways and roads in Bangkok and I do not have to worry about a bus driver falling asleep but comfort is not high on their priority list and sometimes the air con that you pay for does not work.... but as we say TIT. New cars, even if Chinese quality, will be welcomed and I hope the Bangkok to Nong Khai line gets them soon.
 

Offline sowhat

Re: First new passenger train carriages in 20 years
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2016, 11:54:40 AM »
hi bob, being fairly new to korat, where is the train station, and what part of bangkok does it run to.

TIA sid.    :cheers
 

Offline koratbob47

Re: First new passenger train carriages in 20 years
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2016, 11:52:48 PM »
Hi

Railway Station  is on Mukkamontri road - same road that PEA office is on and the 100 Years Market ... almost directly opposite the Mall but back a couple of streets. The train stops a few places in Bangkok including Don Muang airport and ends at Hua Lamphong MRT station ... short walk from RR station to MRT ... very convenient. The cars are very old but if you get 2nd class it means air conditioning so it is more comfortable but must admit that these RR cars came over with Noah on the Ark but they get you there safely.
 
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Offline sowhat

Re: First new passenger train carriages in 20 years
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2016, 12:01:59 AM »
spot on bob,Don muang that will be great. Choo Choo

                                         thanks  :cheers
 

 



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