The State Railway of Thailand recently unveiled the first 39 of 115 newly acquired Chinese rail carriages from China’s Railway Rolling Stock Corporation. The rest of the cars will be delivered by September.
The new trains were showed off at the Siracha Junction in Chon Buri province. The operation will start next month with the maiden service of the new cars taking the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route.
All new cars will be put into services plying the four routes of Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Hat Yai, Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani and Bangkok to Nong Khai that will operate on two daily express train trips by September next year.
This is a turning point for train travel in Thailand and to Book a train in Thailand taking these routes will be convenient and comfortable. This acquisition is a testimony of the government’s intention to improve the train services and facilities in Thailand according to Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chivapruek.
Nine of the 115 carriages will be air-conditioned first-class sleeper cars. Each first-class seat will have a TV screen for entertainment like movies and music, and there will be a USB slot for battery charging. Passengers shall be able to order for food and refreshments through the communications system installed in their individual seats too.
Eighty-eight carriages will be air-conditioned second-class sleeper cars. There will be 4 LCD screens on every second-class sleeper cars.
There will be vacuum toilets akin to the types installed on air crafts.
There will also be facilities to serve the elderly and people with disabilities through the wheelchair elevators.
Every car will be equipped with a CCTV system for safety and security of the passengers.
Every train will then be accompanied with a power car replacing engines in older ones resulting to an environment friendly, power saving and quiet train.
Fares will be the same on the new trains.
The entire fleet will be made up of 9 air-conditioned sleeper cars (first-class), 88 air-conditioned sleeper cars (second-class), 9 cars for the disabled, 9 power cars with 11 of these for reserve, and 19 canteen cars.