STATE RAILWAY OF THAILAND

Part Two

Text & Photographs

by

Colin Carr

 

Updated 14/03/2017

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State Railway of Thailand Part One

 

'Awayday in Thailand Sept 2014',

'Bridge on the River Kwai' (aka 'Death Railway')

 

   

 

Map of the State Railway of Thailand

 
Instructions to customer service staff at Pattaya Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Just about every Thai station has a gate guardian.

 

 

4-6-0 locomotive, No.171, was built by North British

at Manchester in 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

I arrived at the station around 10:30,

to find three northbound freight trains looped.

They were waiting for a somewhat late DMU

bound for Bangkok on the single track.

 

 

 

 

Nobody minds if you wander round the sidings,

though if a train flattens you,

that's your own silly fault

for not keeping your eyes & ears open.

 

4153 is an Alstom AD24C rated at 2400hp

with a top speed of 100kph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

This is a General Electric CM22-7i,

rated at 2860hp  (2 x 1430hp diesels),

with a maximum speed of 100kph.

 

The General Electric CM22-7i is quite a lot longer than a Deltic,

but well-shy of the latter's 3300hp and 160kph top speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
A station nameboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
A helpful Local Map
 
Try enforcing that on a British football special!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Here's the Korean-built DMU

arriving from points north

on its way to Bangkok.

 

The women are about to board as part of the unofficial catering service.

They'll sell their snacks and then get off & wait for a train

going the other way to get home again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
With the DMU away, the three trainloads of petrol, diesel or whatever
are now free to head north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Love the Guard's Van!

 

4527 passes through Nakhon Sawan

with a rake of fuel tank wagons heading north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unusually smart looking 3rd class carriage,

complete with routing board.

And away they go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Offices and some decorations on platform 1
 
General view of Platform 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Station Toilets

 

 

These are also immaculate,

in sharp contrast to the old, pre-upgrade Bolton ones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Booking Office & Waiting Room
 

Note the timetable on the right.

This shows northbound trains on the left, and southbound on the right side.

 

The banner over the ticket windows commemorates King Rama 5th

who started building the Thai railway in the 19th century

as a means of moving troops around the country

to keep potential British and French colonial adventurers from invading!

 

You can book sleeper berths here on any sleeper service

up to 60 days in advance,

but there are no cheap advance fares.

 

That said. Thais currently travel FREE in third class on many services.


For immediate travel, ticket sales open about 20 minutes before departure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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Every station has a bell,

which is rung just as the train is about to depart.

     

The State Railway of Thailand is a basket case.

After decades of under investment (sound familiar?)

it has a HUGE debt mountain.

 

It has recently got its knickers in a major twist

trying to organise a tender for several projects

to double several hundred kilometres of metre gauge single track.

The Prime Minister finally lost his rag last week

and sacked the entire SRT board.

 

I don't expect any noticeable improvement

even under new management.

 

 

Colin Carr

March 2017