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Trains empty as travellers cancel bookings ♦ video
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:34:54 PM »
Many train passengers cancelled their reservations yesterday as the State Railway of Thailand started the suspension of all North-bound trains until October 31 beyond Sila At train junction in Uttaradit to make way for repairs.

Officials near the Sila At train station in Uttaradit inspect the rail line yesterday, following news that the State Railway of Thailand will close the northern line for maintenance until the end of October.

The SRT is organising vans to transport travellers if their destination is beyond Sila At, SRT governor Prapat Chongsanguan said.

Meanwhile, a South-bound train derailed yesterday at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong station. No casualties were reported.

In recent months, there have been as many as 10 derailments involving North-bound trains, plus a few other mishaps, including last week's accident at a Bangkok terminal and yesterday's derailment at Hua Lamphong.


Prapat said the suspension of North-bound trains should be lifted by the end of October, once the tunnels in Uttaradit, Phrae, Lampang and Lamphun as well as railway tracks at curves where derailments have taken place are repaired.

Meanwhile, up to 5,100 train tickets worth about Bt4.3 million were returned yesterday, senior SRT official Jarasphan Watcharothai said.

Prapat said that yesterday there were only five passengers travelling to Chiang Mai, while nobody had bought a ticket to the northern city for today.

Usually some 15,000 passengers travel to Chiang Mai in seven train services, Jarasphan said, adding that at least a third of this number would be lost following the suspension.

Two express train services from Bangkok to Chiang Mai had been cancelled earlier, while another three trains will be terminating in Uttaradit to make way for repairs.

The SRT said only three services were now operating on the northern line, and two express train services have been temporarily cancelled. Train travellers are being bussed in both directions between Chiang Mai and Sila At.

The SRT has set up the 1690 hotline for passengers to find out more.

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Re: Trains empty as travellers cancel bookings ♦ video
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 08:06:14 PM »
"Only 5 passengers to Chiang Mai."  SRT are going to struggle to get their customers back.  Once the public lose confidence it is very difficult to get it back. Today I took some photos of the Malaysian Double Tracking Project from Ipoh to the Thai border at Padang Besar.  One photo was taken at Tasek which is just north of Ipoh.  The Tasek area is a bit like the area to the north of Saraburi.  There are lots of big cement works.  Around Saraburi the roads are clogged with cement lorries but at Tasek the railway takes the lion's share of the cement trade.  The north-south highway is noticeably free of cement lorries.  Pity that SRT has not tried to grab some of the cement trade and keep the lorries off the road.  But then they would have to offer a reliable service!
The other photo is of Kuala Kangsar Station about 30 km north of Ipoh.  This station is still under construction and looks more like a palace than a railway station.  Kuala Kangsar is home to the Sultan of Perak and so KTMB are constructing such a station so that the Sultan will feel comfortable if he decides to take the train.  The station is also unusual in that it has 500m long platforms.  This is in order to accommodate the Eastern Orient Express which stops there for some reason. 

I am not sure of the economic benefit of the Eastern Orient Express but at least cement is a good business.
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Re: Chuvit puts derailments down to cheap railway tracks
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 12:15:17 PM »
Outspoken Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit yesterday blamed the frequent derailment of trains in Thailand on railway tracks made of low-quality steel bought cheaply from China.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Governor Prapat Chongsanguan were also present at Chuvit's press conference held at Parliament House.

At the conference, Chuvit also displayed the procurement contract signed with the company that built the tracks to back up his claim that it bought substandard steel.

He also showed reporters a video clip of the Chinese steel company's laboratory, saying it was far too small and did not meet international standards.

Chuvit went on to say that the contractor had bought the steel for only Bt20,000 per tonne, when the kind of steel used in railway tracks costs at least Bt45,000 per tonne.

He also alleged that the contractor had charged the SRT for track ballast, but instead of supplying proper ballast, it simply used stones taken from the ground in areas where track was laid. He also put the frequent derailments of late down to the SRT's practice of running trains non-stop, even while the tracks were undergoing repairs.

Chadchart, meanwhile, said he would have Prapat verify this information.

Strict law-enforcement needed

In a separate development, the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand is pushing the government to bring wrongdoers to justice after the disappearance of Pracha Maleenont following his conviction for corruption in the purchase of fire-fighting vehicles.

Jada Watanasiritham, vice chairperson of the organisation, said Thailand's judicial system and law-enforcement standards were inefficient and damaged the country, especially when the wrongdoers are politicians.

The government should ensure that all wrongdoers are prosecuted before the cases reach their statutory limits or it would further erode morale in Thai society, she said.

The organisation's statement came after the court issued a verdict in the case related to the purchase of fire-fighting vehicles. Pracha, who was interior minister at the time, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for his role in the graft-tainted procurement of fire-fighting trucks and boats worth close to Bt7 billion.

Jada said that as a long-term means of fighting corruption, the government should ensure integrity in a systematic manner, as there are several ongoing government projects, such as the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority's NGV bus project worth Bt13 billion, the Bt350-billion water-management scheme and the Bt2-trillion infrastructure project.

Public participation should be allowed in the formulation of public policies to help reduce corruption and cut down on losses. Jada said this was better than trying to fix the problem after it occurs.

The organisation has come up with seven measures to prevent corruption:

_ Public agencies and local administrative bodies need to disclose procurement projects to the public as well as broadcast auctions for mega-projects;

_ Tax measures and budget rules should be seriously enforced to control each government unit's revenue and expenditure;

_ A scrutinising network should be set up and informants should be offered prizes. There should also be a system in place for witness protection;

_ Impose stricter penalties on government officials and extend the statutory limit;

_ Reform education and promote media investigation;

_ Encourage public scrutiny through measures such as public hearings; and

_ Impose a code of ethics in the public and private sectors.

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Re: Trains empty as travellers cancel bookings ♦ video
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 01:00:00 PM »
- check material quality and quantity before signing off the contractor's work for payment.

- replace rotten sleepers.

- make relevant government officials travel every day by train.

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Re: Officials Retrieving Derailed Train
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 03:33:01 PM »
Officials Retrieving Derailed Train In Pathumthani

(8 October) Technicians are working to remove the train carriages involved in a derailment near Chiang Rag station in Pathumthani province.

It is reported that only one carriage is left to be salvaged.

The derailment is said to have occurred during the night of 7 October, after exceeded its weight limits as it was carrying cement from its company Siam Cement Plc.Ltd.

The train was travelling from Kaengkhoi district in Saraburi province to Bangkok, according to an official. It derailed soon after departing from Chiang Rag station.

There were no reports for any injuries or deaths.

The authorities have not yet evaluated the loss from the incident, but asserted that it does not affect the schedules of the trains travelling on the same route.
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