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Old January 23rd, 2015, 10:29 AM   #221
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Which mean I am actually miss out one information... the HSR project is actually dual track design as per high speed rail requirements but it's run as normal train when it complete? And upgrade to real high speed rail when it is necessary in future?
The lines will be constructed to be able to handle a speed of 250-300 km/h. Much of the system will match high speed trains except for the speed.
The operational speed will be 180 km/h at first (which is cheaper than 250 km/h trains), however they will raise the speed, when there is enough demand.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 10:42 AM   #222
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The lines will be constructed to be able to handle a speed of 250-300 km/h. Much of the system will match high speed trains except for the speed.
The operational speed will be 180 km/h at first (which is cheaper than 250 km/h trains), however they will raise the speed, when there is enough demand.
So, would the Rayong line simply just run at 250 to 300km/h from the start? I would think that tourism alone, could justify the demand to Pattaya.
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So, would the Rayong line simply just run at 250 to 300km/h from the start? I would think that tourism alone, could justify the demand to Pattaya.
There is no detail on eastern line (or northern and the rest) yet.
If the reason for north-eastern line to run 180 at first is only because it needs to share the track with chinese freight train for now, then there is no reason why the rest cannot run at full speed since the beginning.

But some says the government do this to reduce the objection on building HSR as a whole due to the cost and subsidise, then upgrade the speed later when everyone get used to the idea of having this running in the country. Then maybe the rest might follow the same pattern.

Anyway all standard guage lines is being studied as HSR route. So it will be able to run 300 train for sure, when the time is right.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 05:29 PM   #224
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PM Prayuth will hold talk with Japan over the three remaining HSR lines next month.
  1. Bangkok - Chiang Mai (749 km)
  2. Tak - Phitsanunoke- Khon khaen - Mukdahan (658 km)
  3. Pu Nam Ron - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok - Rayong (380 km)

Big Jin (Minister of Transport) has given his answer to why Thai HSR development are developed by China and Japan only.

Thailand has very good ties with Japan and China. With Japan it is because, they had invested heavily in Thailand for a very long time and with the highest amount of investment of any country, and for China, it is because they have bought a huge amount of thai products.

Thailand therefore can't ruled out any single country, and desire to be a good friend with both Japan and China.

Since China got the first two HSR lines, Japan might feel left out, however Big Jin emphasize that these lines are consistent with China's plan to connect with Asean.
Japan will be next in line and in February 8, the PM will visit Japan, where they have prepared three HSR lines for them.

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Prayut to hold talk with Japan over new double-track railway projects next month
January 23, 2015 9:26 pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Friday night that he will hold a talk with the Japanese government over new double-track railway projects.

The talk will be held when he visits Japan next month, Prayut said during his weekly TV programme.

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Old January 24th, 2015, 02:47 AM   #225
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Varies of dual track design with HSR spec, there must be at least a track run with real high speed train, Chang Mai-Bkk-Rayong is best choice.

If not get one real HSR now, forseeable no real HSR in Thailand in 10 yrs time....
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Old January 25th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #226
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Prajin seeks Lao deal on dual tracks Rail link to stretch as far as China
Published: 25 Jan 2015 at 08.49

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong is to push the development of dual-track rail routes linking Bangkok, Vientiane and Kunming in talks with his Lao counterpart early next month.

ACM Prajin said on Saturday he will lead a delegation to discuss the railway project in detail during a visit to Laos from Feb 1-3.

The 1.435m standard gauge tracks will connect Bangkok with the Lao capital Vientiane, and with Kunming, the largest city in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan. ACM Prajin said the talks will “make the overview of the project clear”.

Last week, the transport ministry clinched an agreement with Chinese authorities on the construction of sections of the rail route in Thailand.

The agreement related to a 873km stretch of tracks linking Kaeng Khoi, Bangkok, Map Ta Phut and Nong Khai.

The northeastern province of Nong Khai borders Vientiane in Laos.

According to the initial deal, construction of the tracks will be divided into two phases. Work on the Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi and Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut sections is expected to start in September.

Work on the Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai sections is due to start early next year.

The last two sections cannot be built any sooner because the construction will cut through national parks and villages. This means transport authorities must liaise with officials in other state agencies and with villagers to manage land expropriation issues.

“We will try to reduce the impact of land expropriation by adapting track designs,” said Chaiwat Tongkamkoon, deputy chief of the Office of Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning.

The tracks will be built in parallel with existing 1m gauge lines, so the new railways can eventually accommodate faster trains, including high-speed services.

Engineers had initially planned to increase the radius of curved sections of the tracks so that trains can run safely, but this requires more land.

The office is aware of the issue and is trying to adapt rail designs by building as many straight sections of track as possible, Mr Chaiwat told a public hearing with local officials and residents in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The northeastern province of Udon Thani also hosted a public hearing on dual-track rail routes last Thursday. Four provinces in the region are set be affected by the construction. They are Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nong Khai.

The Transport Ministry is preparing its development plan for the southern rail route.

Trains will still run on the 1m gauge, but diesel locomotives will be swapped for electric models, so that the southern rail network can connect with Malaysia’s train system, ACM Prajin said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/tran...on-dual-tracks
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List of contractors to deal with BKK- Kaeng Khoi - Map Taphut section (133 km + 246.5 km = 379.5 km) to be started on 1 September 2015 and Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km) and Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) to be started by the end of March 2016 since it needs a clearance on the section through Dong Phraya yen (Kaeng Khoi - Pak Chong) which need 8000 - 10000 meter long tunnels.

Chinese firms:
CRCC - China Railway Group (CREC), China Power, China Harbour - CREC

Thai contractors who are going to become subcontractors for Chinese firms due to their experience with SRT:
ITD PCL, CKC PCL, STECON PCL, AS Associated Engineering (1964), Thiphakorn Co. Ltd., and Krung Thon Engineering.


the investment choices:
1. EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction- using cheap loan from China EXIM Bank
1.1 EPC + F (Engineering Procurement Construction and Finance)
1.2 EPC + F + O (Engineering Procurement Construction and Finance and Operation)

2. PPP in BOT format (Build-Operate-Transfer Contract) - hiring CRC of China and Tahi company to construction and administrate - to be transferred to Thai government after the end of concession
3. Joint Venture according to assets
http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1422262618

Big Too coming to Japan on 8 to 10 Feb 2015 to deal with the issue on the standard gauge line while Mom Aui coming to Burma to deal with Dawei deep sea project with rail links - with Japanese partners

However, the priority route seem to be Phu Namron - Kanchanaburi - BKK - Chachoengsao - Aranyaprathet since Chinese firm would NEVER let Japanese meddle into BKK- Kaeng Khoi - Map Taphut section (133 km + 246.5 km = 379.5 km)
http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1422354956
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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:34 AM   #228
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Tokyo to help with east-west rail link
Prayut will forge deal during February trip
Published: 28 Jan 2015 at 06.00
Writer: Chatrudee Theparat

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Thailand and Japan have agreed in principle on joint development of a 1.435-metre standard-gauge rail network linking a border village in Kanchanaburi with Cambodia.

Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said Tuesday after meeting with Hiroto Izumi, a special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that Tokyo was willing to invest in the route to connect the Dawei project in Myanmar to Cambodia via Ban Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi, Bangkok, Chachoengsao and Sa Kaeo's Aranyaprathet district.

The route offers another link between eastern and western Thailand.

A working committee of Thais and Japanese will be set up later to work out details such as route, scale and type of investment.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding on the rail project during his Feb 8-9 visit to Japan.

A railway from Thailand to Myanmar through Kanchanaburi has only been tried once before, but the project was halted in August, 1945.

Phu Nam Ron is best known these days as a border-crossing town for tourists and visa-runners from Thailand, seeking to visit Myanmar for a short time.

"The route will run at a speed higher than Nong Khai-Bangkok-Map Ta Phut [which will run at 160-180 km/h], as Japan wants to develop a genuine high-speed train with a speed of more than 200 km/h," MR Pridiyathorn said.

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong recently said after a meeting on the Sino-Thai rail development project that Thai and Chinese officials were on the same page regarding construction of an 873-km Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut-Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi route.

Thailand and China agreed the rail route would be 1.435-metre standard gauge divided into four sections: Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi (133 km), Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut (247 km), Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima (139 km) and Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai (355 km).

The Bangkok-Kaeng Khoi and Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut sections will be built under one contract. Construction of those sections is set to begin in September.

The Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai sections will be constructed under another contract, to begin late this year or early next.

MR Pridiyathorn said Japan was being urged to invest in the Dawei project, a long-awaited joint development between Thailand and Myanmar.

"Japan was invited to become the third partner in Dawei because Dawei is a very large-scale project," he said.

"Dawei's development will see quick progress if Japan agrees to join the development."

Japan is also invited to act as an observer at a joint meeting of Thai officials and their Myanmar counterparts this week.

The two countries are scheduled to sign an agreement on the first phase of Dawei development.

MR Pridiyathorn said the official meeting of the Dawei policy panel would take place tomorrow or Friday and endorse the development projects of Italian-Thai Development Co (ITD) and Rojana Industrial Park Plc.

ITD and Rojana have proposed developing 27 sq km of industrial estates and constructing a two-lane road from the Thai border to Dawei as well as building a port and a power plant.

Dawei, a Myanmar city 350 kilometres west of Bangkok, will feature a number of megaproject investments and a special economic zone (SEZ).

Last October, the Thai and Myanmar governments agreed to revitalise the project by letting Thai firms play a bigger role in the much-delayed SEZ after Gen Prayut paid an official visit to the country.

Arkhom Termpitayapaisith, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, previously said the initial phase would take two or three years to complete.

Thailand and Myanmar see completion of projects in the initial phase as a confidence builder for foreign investors.

A motorway connecting Dawei with Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri province is also under consideration.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...west-rail-link
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Land exappropriation for Thai - China railway with construction cost of 198,000 Million Baht
The construction will be 2 phases
1. BKK (Bangsue Central) - kaen Khoi - 133 km and Kaeng Khoi - Maptaphut (246.5 km) - land exappropration started in 1 Jan 2015 -
construction started on 1 September 2015 and opened in December 2017 - preferably 5 Dec 2017 for a good reason -
the first 84 km from Bangsue Central to Ban Phachi will follow the existing railway line

2. Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km) and Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) - land exappropration started in 1 Jan 2015 -
construction started on 1 December 2015 and opened in March 2018 - This is due to the difficulty to dig the tunnel through Dong Phraya yen which need
land exappropriation of 20 meter wide for tunnels on the concession zone of Siam Cement, TPI Cement, Siam City Cement

The station positions:
1. Bangsue Central - the ongoing constructed place
2. Donmueang - the same old Donmueang station - North of Donmueang station of red line commuter - 200 meter away
3. Ayutthaya - the same old place while the old Ayutthaya station is preserved
4. Ban Phachi - the same old place
5. Saraburi - the new place 3 km east of existing Saraburi station near Central Plaza Saraburi
6. Pak Chong station at the treasury land at Nong Sarai - 5 km east of existing Pak Chong station
7. Nakhon Ratchasima at the same old place since there is enough railway land to do so
8. Khon Kaen station at the same old place since there is enough railway land to do so
9. Udonthani station at the same old place since there is enough railway land to do so
10. Nong Khai station at the same old place since there is enough railway land to do so

For the section from BKK to Nakhon Ratchasima, it will be 100 km of elevated track on the city areas along with the flood proned area of Ayutthaya, 4 km via ducts and 58 km at grade
along with 4 tunnels from Ban Phachi to Nakhon Ratchasima including 2 tunnel from Pha Sedej to Hin Lap [202 meter + 3326 meter] and 2 tunnels near Lam Takhong reserviors near Klong Khananjit station
[557 meter + 1243 meter]

The first phase of the project from BKK to Nakhon Ratchasima is at 170,450 Million Baht for
1. land exappropriation of 926 Rai for curve correction and tunnels at Dong Phraya Yen section and Lam Takhong section with the distance of 17 km at 8000 Million Baht - the treasury land not counted
2. consulting fee of 3000 million Baht
3. construction cost of 140855 million Baht
4. electromechanic section of 31700 million Baht

The second phase of the project from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai is at 108,245 Million Baht

Kaeng Khoi - Map Taphut section will be in parallel with existing Kaeng Khoi - Klong 19 - Chachoengsao - need 119 rai of land exappripriation for Chord line
in Chacheongsao, Ban Phachi and Kaeng Koi and Phra Phutthachai tunnel (1200 meter) - after Chachoengsao, the line will follow the route to Laem Chabang

SRT will have to deal with 3700 cases of slum dwellers on railway land in Isan area + 406 cases of slum dwellers on railway land in Chachoengsao area and 422 cases of slum dwellers on railway land in Sri Racha area +
http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1422437702
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Now, We DO learn that Japanese government still want the route from Chachoengsao to Laem Chabang and Map Ta Phut - not just the route from Ban Phu Namron checkpoint in Kanchanaburi to Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew - even though Thai government still offer the route from Mae Sod to Mukdahan via Phitsanuloke Phetchabun and Ban Phai and the Northern route to Chiang Mai
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The major topic which will be discussed on Feb 9 is the cooperation between Thailand and Japan on the development for 3 more HSR lines.

These lines are:
  1. Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Phu Namron (180 km)
    Bangkok - Chachoengsao - Map Ta Phut (200 km)
    Bangkok - Chachoengsao - Aranyaprathet (255 km)
  2. Bangkok - Chiang Mai (749 km)
  3. Tak - Phitsanunoke - Khon khaen - Mukdahan (658 km)



Thailand and Japan will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the economic impact and the value of the investment.
The HSR line that Thailand will ask Japan to study first, is the rail line from the east - west corridor, which is a link between Map Tha Phut port and Dawei port in Myanmar.

However, it is possible that Japan will focus on the Bangkok - Chiang Mai line, since they has previously expressed interest in it.

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2 HSR lines in cooperation with China. These lines are divided into 4 sections to speed up construction.

These first 2 sections will be started in September 2015 and done in April 2018
  1. Bangkok - Kaeng Khoi (133 km)
    Kaeng Khoi - Map Ta Phut (246.5 km)
  2. Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km)
    Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km)
These last 2 sections will be started in December 2015 and done in April-October 2019.




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Khorat in the next decade after High Speed train and massive double tracking with the new Nakhon Ratchasima station Building [AKA Khorat Central]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=2yrV7_Y7k1A

Big Too coming to China onj 11-13 Feb 2015 on the issue of Thai - China railway [BKK (Bangsue Central) - kaen Khoi - 133 km / Kaeng Khoi - Maptaphut (246.5 km) / Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km) / Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) - total 873.5 km] while Lao - China Railway will have 7 billion Dollars [44.25 Billion Yuan] contract with loan from China EXIM Bank signed in 2015 to start the construction in 2016

http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1422853549
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65.56 % Budget increase to 177,095 Million Baht in BE 2559 budget to finance Thai - China railway from Nong Khai to Map Ta Phut and BKk - Saraburi - with a plan for the line

For the case of Japan, there are 3 choices -
1. Maesod - Phitsanuloke - Khon Kaen - Mukdahan (770 km)
2. Ban Phu Namron to Rayong as well as from Chachoengsao to Aranyaprathet (339 km)
3. BKK - Chiang Mai (653 km)
http://www.manager.co.th/iBizchannel...=9580000014655
http://www.thaipost.net/news/060215/102618
http://www.now26.tv/view/34740/%E0%B...5-percent.html
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Big Shock - the Chinese loan for 873 km Thai - China railway with a total price tag of 392,570 Million Baht is 2-4% annual interest rate in yuan Denomination with 4 year grace period and all to be paid back in 20 years - well above JICA loan for Purple line and Airport Link which is 1.5% annual interest rate with 10 year grace period and all paid back in 40 years - worst, Chinese government also demands that they will have full right to design, doing the civil work and run the railway traffic on Thai soil while Thai government insisting to run the traffic by themselves. Initially, Thailand thought that the loan will be 30-40 year payback and the final settlement to start the construction on 1 Dec 2015. If Chinese government refuses to cut down the annual interest rates while extending the payment period from 20 year along with the grace period while allowing the sell of rice and para rubber to pay off the loan + interest, Thailand may opt to the massive domestic loan to prevent FOREX fluctuation risk despite of the fact that the domestic loan is 5-5.5% annual rate or JICA loan which is going to become a vexing issue for Chinese government. Chinese should learn better that allowing the foreigners to run railway on Thai soil is strictly FORBIDDEN.

In fact, Big Jin said the first Chinese bank offer the loan at 100000 Million Baht in Yuan denomination with 3% with payment period of 20 year while the second Chinese bank offer the loan at 200000 Million Baht in Yuan denomination with 2.9% with payment period of 15 year - not long period enough to satisfy Thai government. Now, Chinese EXIM bank offering 400000 Million Baht loan in Yuan denomination with payment period of 30-40 year at the rate of 3% - paying 100,000 Million Baht a year for 4 year construction period.

Even though Chinese firms are the main contractors but they are running out of labors so they would rely on Thai contractors like ITD as well as AS Associate Engineering (1964) to do the down and dirty jobs while Chinese contractors will offer fast railway construction technology which Thai contractors may not have .... In fact, 3 Chinese firms now coming to negotiate with ITD to become subcontractors for them including:
1. CRECG (China Railway Engineering Corporation Group
2. CPI (China Power Investment Corp)
3. Chinese EXIM Bank - creditors

for the case of 3 routes offered to China,
1. Bangkok - Kaeng Khoi (133 km)
2. Kaeng Khoi - Map Ta Phut including 9.9 km branch line from Sri Racha to Laem Chabang (246.5 km) => need addition study for 9.9 km branch line from Sri Racha to Laem Chabang
3. Kaeng Khoi - Nakhon Ratchasima (138.5 km)
4. Nakhon Ratchasima - Nong Khai (355 km) => this has to speed up the study

for the case of 3 routes offered to Japan, here is more details:
1. Maesod - Phitsanuloke - Khon Kaen - Mukdahan (658 - 770 km) => so far Ban Phai - Mukdahan - Nakhon Phanom of 358 km has been studied even though it is meter gauge at 42,106 Million Baht but already has provision for standard gauge section - the missing is Maesod - Phitsanuloke - Khon Kaen (Ban Phai) even though SRT is working on the study of Maesod - Tak - Kamphaeng Phet - Nakhon Sawan section of 240 km
2. Ban Phu Namron to Rayong as well as from Chachoengsao to Aranyaprathet (339 km) - ONLY 193 km from Bangsue Central to Rayong has been studied - 250 kph at 152000 Million Baht - the missing part is 180 km from Bangsue central to Phu Namron
2.1 Bangsue central - Kanchanaburi - Phu Namron (180 km)
2.2 Bangsue central - Chachoengsao - Map Ta Phut (200 km)
2.3 Bangsue central - Chachoengsao - Aranyaprathet (255 km)
3. Bangsue central - Chiang Mai (653 km - 749 km) with the price tag of 445,304 Million Baht so far Bangsue central - Phitsanuloke has filed the case of EIA - the section from Phitsanuloke to Chiang Mai not done yet

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with the interest rate and string attached like this, Big Jin considers Domestic loan to finance Thai - China Project as Thai demands Loan with interest rates LESS than 2% a year unless Chinese government accept Thai government conditions
http://www.now26.tv/view/34842/%E0%B...%E0%B8%99.html
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After the negotiation with Japan, here is the negotiation results
1. 3900 Million Baht loan from Japan to Burmese government for 138 km road from Phu Namron checkpoint to Dawei Deep Sea Port - as ITD wants to relegate this job to Burmese government
2. For the railway line, Japanese government would invest on Phu Namron - Kanchanaburi - Bangsue Central - Chachoengsao - Aranyaprathet first - the line from Mae Sod to Mukdahan via Phitsanuloke and the Northern line to Chiang Mai will be executed later.
3. the support to Japanese private sector to invest at Special Economic Zones Tak, Mukdahan, Trat, Sakaew, Songkla and Nong Khai while Thai government going to invest 10,000 Million Baht to build necessary infrastructure including power plant + waterworks + roads+ custom checkpoints with BOI Plus with 30-50 year land leasing + 50 year extension
4. First focus is at Treasury Dept land at Pa Rai commune (10 km from Klong Luek checkpoint) and Ban Mai Nong Sai commune, Aranyaprathet district of Sa kaew - even railway land at Ban Dan commune - 12 km from Klong Luek checkpoint is also considered

For Thai - China railway, it must be a JV company - 51% Thailand - 49% China while the loan issue is to negotiate with China that even Japanese government has offered loan with 1.5% annual interests to be paid back in 40 year
http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1423467154
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Sorry I can't find anywhere mentioning about the railway agreement. Could you please point out for me?
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Sorry I can't find anywhere mentioning about the railway agreement. Could you please point out for me?
Full details not available at the time being - that's what I got from the news available.
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JV on high-speed railway proposed
THE NATION TOKYO February 11, 2015 1:00 am


Prayut happy with outcome of japan visit; says election expected in early 2016

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday proposed a joint-venture model to Japan for collaboration in building Thai railroads running high-speed trains, a system the prime minister said would be fruitful for the Kingdom and improve its people's standard of living.

"We proposed a joint-venture model to Japan for collaboration on the construction of the [1.435-metre-gauge] railroads," General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on the last day of his three-day visit to Japan.

The prime minister said he believed that if Thailand could build a high-speed rail network, it would be beneficial to the country in terms of trade, and would also benefit low-income earners. Areas along the rail lines, and areas around the stations, could be made commercial venues, he said.

On the rail-system project, both parties on Monday signed a memorandum of intent on the study and development of three routes - the "urgent" phase - which would connect both the East-West and North-South Economic Corridors.

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Revision on Thai - China railway investment - Prefer loan mixed with Baht denomination from domestic sources and Yuan denomination from China EXIM Bank to cut down the exchange rate risk - for the issue related to the traffic services, Thailand would let China to act a mentor to train Thai railway men to handle the traffic of the trains during the first 5 years before letting them to go alone.

Main focus is BKK - Kaeng Khoi - Map Ta Phut route first which constrution is to be started on 1 October 2015 before dealing with the line from Kaeng Khoi to Nong Khai via Nakhon Ratchasima which is to be started on 1 Jan 2016

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