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Old July 16th, 2016, 05:20 PM   #641
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After a talk with my foreign friend, he has given an advice for the new Special Express (BKK - Chiang Mai) that use CRRC Changchun aircon carriages that:

Depart BKK 2100 Arrive Chiang Mai 1000 New Day
Depart Chiang Mai 2000 Arrive BKK 0900 New Day

However, the departure time for BKK at 2100, it will be in conflicts with Sila At Rapid 105 - either Depart BKK at 2120 but still has an issue with Chiang Mai Express 51

Furthermore, the departure time from Chiang Mai at 2000 has become an issue as many want to see the scenic section (Sila At - Chiang Mai) at day, so departure time from Chiang Mai at 1630 to reach BKK at 0530 is ideal time for the new special express. However, this implication means SP 14 (Northern express using JR West) should depart after SP (Nakhon Phing Special express)

Yet, Foreigner folks said Departure time of the new train from BKK at either 2050 or 2250 would be fine even though the case of departure of the new train at 2250 means Chiang Mai Express 51 will have to be departed from 2050.

Nevertheless, Thai rainfans insisting the departure of the new train from Chiang Mai at 1630 to reach BKk at 0530 (new day) while SP 14 will use the same old schedule while SP 52 should depart from Chiang Mai around 2000 - 2100.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 09:47 PM   #642
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Denchai - Chiang Mai Double tracking will have the specifications as followed:

1. it is going to pass 4 provinces (Phrae, Lampang, Lamphun, Chuiang Mai), 10 districts, 29 communes
2. Meter gauge with curve correcting along with the new line and the improved level crossings
3. Total distance is 188 km - with 2 sections
3.1 Denchai - Lampang 105 km - using much the same old track with additional track along with the curve correcting to meet the max speed of 120 kph
3.2 Lampang - Chiang Mai 84 km - using the new tracks with longer tunnels from the section from Lampang to Lamphun with max speed of 160 kph while the 22 km section from Lamphun to Chiang Mai using much the same old track with additional track along with the curve correcting to meet the max speed of 160 kph

4. the 189 km double tracking will consist of 103 km grade level + 44 km of via ducts, + 25 km of Short Span Bridges + 19 km of tunnels.

0. Denchai (which is to be the juction for Denchai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong) and Chiang Mai
1. Pak Pan station - renovated and expanded as small station
2. Kaeng Luang station - Built anew as small station
3. Huay Mae Ta halt
4. Ban Pin station - Built anew as a Large station - while the old building will be preserved
5. Pha Khan station - Built anew as small and elevated station as it is within forest area
6. Pang Puay station - Built anew as small station - while the old building will be preserved
7. Mae Chang - renovated and expanded as small station
8. mae Moh station - built anew at the new place - Mid size station
9. Sala Pha Lad station - Built anew as small station
10. Mae Tha station - renovated and expanded as small station
11. Nong Wua Thao station - Southern suburb of Lampang city - Built anew as small station
12. Nakhon Lampang - Specially Large station - by Major renovation to accommodate both existing railway and High Speed train
13. Hang Chat station - Built anew as small station Container Yard near Highway 1039
14. Sala Mae Tha station - Built anew as small and elevated station
15. Lam Phun station - Built anew as a Large station to accommodate both existing railway and High Speed train
16. Pa Sao station - Built anew as small and elevated station since it is flood prone area
17. Saraphi station - Southern Suburb of Chiang Mai city - renovated and expanded as small station - with Container yard near Highway 121 with access to Hgih way 11 to reach Northern Industrial estate in Lamphun - Locomotive depot and maintainance center
18. Chiang Mai station - terminus - Specially Large station - by Major renovation to accommodate both existing railway and High Speed train

5. There will be 12000 passengers a day for the first year and 18000 passengers a day for the 10th year
6. Need 23 land plots (28 rai) in Phrae + 28 Sor Por Kor land plots (103 rai) in Lampang + 255 land plots with land deeds (172 rai) along with 38 Sor Por Kor land plots (57 rai) in Lamphun +31 land plots with land deeds (46 rai) in Chiang Mai.
7. Investment of 61,068 Million Baht
http://www.manager.co.th/iBizchannel...=9590000052572
http://www.thansettakij.com/2016/07/23/72666
http://www.chiangmainews.co.th/page/archives/488396
https://www.thaich8.com/news_detail/6101
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http://www.prachachat.net/news_detai...sid=1464162470
the massive double tracking from 2017 to 2022 on 7 routes with the distance of 1495 km and investment of 311,470 Million Baht will be as follows:

1. Pak Nam Pho - Denchai (285 km) at 64,921 Million Baht

2. Thanon Jira Junction - Ubon Ratchathani (309 km) at 49,951 Million Baht

3. Khon Kaen - Nong Khai (174 km) at 23,727 Million Baht including the container yard at Na Tha (3 km south of Nong Khai station) to function as a cross border cargo station

4.Chumporn - Surat Thani (167 km) at 34,726 Million Baht

5. Surat Thani - Hatyai - Songkla (323 km) at 51,065 Million Baht

6.Hatyai - Padang besar electrified double tracking (48 km) at 23,727 Million Baht

7. Denchai - Chiang Mai Double tracking (188 km) at 63,353 Million Baht (Taking the cost ovdrrun into account)
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Old July 25th, 2016, 09:38 AM   #643
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New CNR coaches test run between Chachoengsao Junction - Si Racha Junction and vice versa on the Eastern Line :

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Old July 27th, 2016, 06:58 AM   #644
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Bidding for the 25.9 km extension of red line commuter networks (AKA Missing Link) from Bangsue to Hua Mark via Phayathai - Makkasan () along with from Bangsue to Hua Lamphong in September 2016 at 44,157.76 Million Baht before starting the construction in early 2017 to be opened in 2021 as the way to deal with 13 level crossings in BKK that caused truly serious traffic jam.

Since the project has a price tag well over the 1000 Million Baht minimum, the committee to deal with public sector budget expenditure will have to deal with this project. Furthermore, the way to deal with 1030 households of slum dwellers around Chitladda Triangle and Yommarat - Hua Lamphong who show defiance along with the landowners around Phayathai who have to sacrifice 78.40 square wah of land for this extension. The compensation is just 191 Million Baht though.

This missing link consisted of 9 stations including
1. 4 elevated station including Phayathai, Makkasan, Ram Khamhaeng and Hua Mark
2. 3 underground stations including Samsen, Rajvithi and Yommarat due to the fact that this section must pass near Chitladda Palace - this has to done by applying Open Trench and Cut & Cover Tunnel. This section has to be shared with Airport Link extension from Phayathai to Bangsue Central with future extension to Donmueang. This will help to cut the cost for the construction of Airport Link extension by 1300 Million Baht from the original plan of 31,139.35 Million Baht

3. 2 At Grade stations including Yotse (near the SRT Store building and Kasatsuek bridge) and Hua Lamphong near the familiar Bangkok terminus at Hua Lamphong.

This will solve the problem at 13 level crossings in BKK including Pradiphat, Setsiri, Ranong, Nakhon Chaisri, Ratchawithee, Sri Ayutthaya, Yommarat, Rama 6, Phayathai, Rat Prarob, Asok, Ramkhamhaeng and Sri Nakharin

There will be 3 contracts for this Red line commuter extension

Contract 1: Civil Work from Bangsue to Hua Lamphong and Bangsue to Makkasan with total distance of 13.3 km with the price tags of 15,608 Million Baht

Contract 2: Civil Work from Makkasan to Hua Mark with total distance of 12.6 km with the price tags of 6,998 Million Baht

Contract 3: Electro-mechanic and EMUs with the price tags of 17,300 Million Baht - EMU at 95 Million Baht per carriage based on the Contract 3 of red line commuter which is 80 Million Baht per carriage plus inflation.

Consultant fee is 2.7% of total price of 44,700 Million Baht EIRR at 29.91% and FIRR at 13% TOR will be ready in August 2016 and the bidding will be in September 2016 the contract will be signed and construction started in early 2017 to be done in 36 months and opened for service in 2021
http://manager.co.th/iBizChannel/Vie...=9590000074191
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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:15 AM   #645
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Testrun of the new set of carriages (13 carriages) on Friday 29 July 2016 - Depart Bangkok at 05.00 AM to reach Chiang Mai at 7.10 PM - Photograph from Pathompong Ditsuwan
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Old July 28th, 2016, 12:15 PM   #646
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First 150 BCFs out of 308 BCFs from China via Siam Bogie and China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) to be used by SRT with 20 ton axle load to be used by SDA-3 Locomotives for Ladkrabang ICD - Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port

These 308 BCFs with axle load of 20 ton has a price tag of 131,446,920.00 Renminbi or 722,950,000 Baht

the old 284 BCFs being used for Ladkrabang ICD - Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port will be distributed to the other 13 SDA-3 locos to run cargo train between Laem Chabang and other regions including Nong Khai cargo
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Old July 29th, 2016, 06:18 AM   #647
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Khun Marut has given a report on Yotse station and Hua Lamphong station for red line commuter extension from Bangsue Central to Hua Lamphong that both will be at grade stations
1. Both Yotse station and Hua Lamphong station will be at grade station - emerged from underground section from Mahanak canal to Hua Lamphong
2. Yotse station will be Island platforms
3. Hua Lamphong station will be temporary station due to the controversies on the planned extension from Hua Lamphong to Mahachai via Wongwian Yai since there are lots of protest from the local people against the elevated tracks while pressing demands for underground track until the line has passed Talad Ploo station on Mahachai line which is going to cause the cost overrun for sure.
4. Hua Lamphong station will used Planform 1, Planform 1/1, Planform 1/2, and Planform 2 of the existing Bangkok railway terminus at Hua Lamphong though,
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Platform of Hua Lamphong station
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3. Hua Lamphong station will be temporary station due to the controversies on the planned extension from Hua Lamphong to Mahachai via Wongwian Yai since there are lots of protest from the local people against the elevated tracks while pressing demands for underground track until the line has passed Talad Ploo station on Mahachai line which is going to cause the cost overrun for sure.
Is there any timeline for the extension to Mahachai?
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Is there any timeline for the extension to Mahachai?
Not being implemented yet due to that damning controversies
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Axle Test run for Bangkok to Chiang Mai using CNR Changchun - Need to be doubleheaded with Alsthom to pass Khun Tan section - as a rule of thumb - if it passed Hill at km 588 near Pang Puay station at the speed of 20-25 kph instead of 40-45 km, the driver must send the radio message to Lampang Locomotive Depot to send another locomotive to be double headed to pass Khun Tan section.
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Test of Lift for the handicapped carriages that need wheelchairs and valets at Chiang Mai station - 30 July 2016
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Special test-run train no. 1010 (Chiang Mai - Bangkok) passing Tha Chomphu Bridge on the Northern Line :

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Bidding for the 25.9 km extension of red line commuter networks (AKA Missing Link) from Bangsue to Hua Mark via Phayathai - Makkasan along with from Bangsue to Hua Lamphong which has been mothballed since 2008 in September 2016 at 44,157.76 Million Baht before starting the construction in early 2017 to be opened in 2021 as the way to deal with 13 level crossings in BKK that caused truly serious traffic jam.

Since the project has a price tag well over the 1000 Million Baht minimum, the committee to deal with public sector budget expenditure will have to deal with this project. Furthermore, the way to deal with 1030 households of slum dwellers around Chitladda Triangle and Yommarat - Hua Lamphong who show defiance along with the landowners around Phayathai who have to sacrifice 78.40 square wah of land for this extension. The compensation is just 191 Million Baht for 2 plots of land around Phyathai though.

This missing link consisted of 9 stations including
1. 4 elevated station including
1.1 Phayathai (just behind CP Tower - the existing Phayathai stop)
1.2 Makkasan (existing Makkasan station)
1.3 Ram Khamhaeng (clearly at Sukhumvit 71 stop) and
1.4 Hua Mark (existing Hua Mark station)

2. 3 underground stations including
2.1 Samsen, (at the existing Samsen station - due to the proximity of Army offices along with Si Yan and Ratchawat area)
2.2 Rajvithi (just next to Rajvithi House for the orphants) and
2.3 Yommarat (between the northern end and Southern end of Chitladda Triangle)

This is due to the fact that this section must pass near Chitladda Palace - this has to done by applying Open Trench and Cut & Cover Tunnel. This section has to be shared with Airport Link extension from Phayathai to Bangsue Central with future extension to Donmueang. This will help to cut the cost for the construction of Airport Link extension by 1300 Million Baht from the original plan of 31,139.35 Million Baht

3. 2 At Grade stations including
3.1 Yotse (near the SRT Store building and in between Kasatsuek bridge) and
3.2 Hua Lamphong (inside the Platform 1 - 1/1 - 1/2 -2 in the Bangkok terminus at Hua Lamphong)

This will solve the problem at 13 level crossings in BKK including Pradiphat, Setsiri, Ranong, Nakhon Chaisri, Ratchawithee, Sri Ayutthaya, Yommarat, Rama 6, Phayathai, Rat Prarob, Asok, Ramkhamhaeng and Sri Nakharin

There will be 3 contracts for this Red line commuter extension

Contract 1: Civil Work from Bangsue to Hua Lamphong and Bangsue to Makkasan with total distance of 13.3 km with the price tags of 15,608 Million Baht

Contract 2: Civil Work from Makkasan to Hua Mark with total distance of 12.6 km with the price tags of 6,998 Million Baht

Contract 3: Electro-mechanic and EMUs with the price tags of 17,300 Million Baht - EMU at 95 Million Baht per carriage based on the Contract 3 of red line commuter which is 80 Million Baht per carriage plus inflation.

Consultant fee is 2.7% of total price of 44,700 Million Baht EIRR at 29.91% and FIRR at 13% TOR will be ready in August 2016 and the bidding will be in September 2016 the contract will be signed and construction started in early 2017 to be done in 36 months and opened for service in 2021
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Test run of the 2nd set of the new CRRC Changchun carriages from Bangsue to Nong Khai - departing from Bangsue at 11 AM of 10 August 2016 to reach Pasak Jolasit dam around 1.30 PM before reaching Nong Khao at 10 PM

the return trip on 11 August 2016 will depart Nong Khai at 5.30 PM before reaching Bangsue at 4.20 AM of 12 August 2016
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Old August 17th, 2016, 02:43 PM   #655
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Speeding up red line commuter - after 20% delay due to the fact that SRT has transferred the land slowly as well as the extra work on the 4th track - need 1 year extension for this reason


First contract for red line commuter (Bangsue Central - maintenance center - Chatuchak at km 11) done by SU Consortium (STECON PCL and Unique Engineer PCL) at 29,826,973,512 Baht is 47.26% done even though the target is 60% done

Second contract for red line commuter (Samian Naree - Rangsit) done by ITD PCL at 21,235,400,000 Baht is 67.73% done even though the target is 90% done -

Second contract was supposed to be done in 2018 to put the system on test run in 2019 and opened in 2020 but the delay means the system is to be done in 2019 and test run will be started in 2020 and opened in 2021 -

Contractors said 5 month extension to July 2017 due to the issue with the 2011 Great flood is not enough due to the issue with pipelines by FPT for Contract 1 that dragged the construction of Bangsue Central which has been settled in 2016 and the issue of slum dwellers around Lak Hok station and other sections for Contract 2 - as contractors would not want to pay delay fine of 0.01% of the contract prices.

the delay of Contract 1 and Contract 2 have caused a tardiness on Contract 3 - electrification + signal installation + 130 carriages of EMU by MHSC Consortium (MITSUBISHI Heavy Industrial Ltd - Hitachi - Sumitomo Corporation at the price of 32,399.99 Million Baht even after contract 3 has started on 28 June 2016 -

130 EMU carriages consisted of
1. 10 sets of 4 car formation for Bangsue - Rangsit
2. 7 sets of 6 car formation for Bangsue - Rangsit
3. 8 sets of 6 car formation for Bangsue - Taling Chan

First year of operation - 129000 passengers a day
Year BE2585 (2042) - 230000 passengers a year

the total distance of red line commuter from Bangsue to Rangsit is 26.3 km - started at km 6+000 (1.8 km from Bangsue Central) with the list of station as follows:

Bangsue central (Bangsue Grand station) 38.24% done due to the pipeline issue - the underground floor with park and ride of 1700 vehicles, with first floor for selling tickets and connection to Bangsue Subway station - second floor with 12 platforms - 4 for red line commuter and 8 for intercity - third floor with High Speed train and Airport link extension

Chatuchak
Wat Samian Naree
Bang Khen
Thung Songhong - 70.89% done with Ground Floor (First floor) Level for parking, Concourse Level (Second floor) for selling tickets and CT Platform Level (third floor) with Side Platform along with 2 tracks for commuter trains and 2 central tracks for express trains
Laksi
Karn Kheha
Donmueang
Lak Hok
Rangsit


Next on the line is Missing Links from Bangsue central to Hua Mark via Phayathai and Makkasan and Bangsue Central to Hua Lamphong with the total distance of 25.9 km and 44,157.76 Million Baht. However, the real goal is to expand to function as the commuter networks with the following extensions
1. Rangsit - Thammasart Rangsit Campus - Ayutthaya - Ban Phachi
2. Hua Mark - Chachoengsao
3. Talingchan - Salaya - Nakhon Pathom

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On the issue of constructing Nakhon Pathom - Hua Hin double tracking:
Station Class 1: Nakhon Pathom, Phetburi, Hua Hin
Station Class 2: Ban Pong, Ratburi, Cha Am
Station Class 3 to be built anew - Prong Maduea, Ban Khoo Bua (to be functioned as Ratburi station for High Speed train in the future), Pak Tho (wiht a faint hope that red line commuter will follow the Mahachai - Mae klong railway line), and Huay Sai Tai - the rest will be just renovated

Starting Point: km.47+700 from the old Thonburi station (the end existing Double tracking to Nakhon Pathom)

Elevated tracks: km 211 + 582.900 to km 215+872.900 - to built the elevated Hua Hin station by the request from Mayor of Hua Hin city while the old elegant Hua Hin station building will be preserved as it is the model for the elevated Hua Hin station along with stations in Prachuab Khirikhan province.

EOL: km 217 + 700 from the old Thonburi station (the Northern end of Nong Kae station)

EIRR = 23.41%

Hope to get contractors in 2017 to be done in 2020
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Those who compare it dont know what Thailand is preparing..
This di*k-measuring thing (mine is longer / mine is wider / mine is newer bla bla) is a child's play.
It is no longer just a child play as many partisan media have use this viral photo to discredit JUNTA to the point that SRT Governor and SRT PR Dept have to come to explain to the media about that issue - yet many Thai nettizens still vent their angry voices on the issue of perennial late on train services - SRT Union have not joint in this melee yet.

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Wish that the current diesel-hauled 'International Express' (Bangkok-B'worth) train will be changed to an electric-hauled soon, once the Thais complete their EDTP on the SRT's Southern Line !!!

Then the journey will take only 8-10 hours to complete, instead of 22-24 hours currently lor ???
Need more power plant but NGOs say NO to coal fire power plant to the bitter end while insisting a giant solar power plant and giant wind power plant yet some idiots said a giant solar power plant and giant wind power plant are harmful to the environment

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Thai railway infrastructure is very good in Bangkok metropolitan with new red line commuter electrified train service that may be better than KTM Komuter but the rail infrastructure outside Bangkok is relatively less developed

The SRT is heavily subsidized by the Thai govt that provide cheap train services in the rural areas but are unreliable and gradually deteriorating as govt just cant allocate enough funds to modernize the entire SRT.

Same case facing KTMB for many years but Malaysia government set aside some resources to modernize KTM via the EDTP project. Being lowly populated relative to Thailand and with extra oil $$ also made KTM modernization possible.
Even after first 90 km double tracking (1926 - 1942) and 234 km double tracking + Major rehabilitation by Japanese Loan (1993 - 2003), there are pressing demands for more nationwide double tracking - need at least 2500 km double tracking out of 4000 km - Need to deal with the next 900 km double tracking in all direction along with 1600 km double tracking just to reach Chiang Mai (751 km), Nong Khai (621 km), Ubon (575 km) and Padang besar (990 km)
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Renovating Songkla station Phase 3 in 2017
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So from my understanding, Thai railways have had double tracks for many decades but did not electrify the lines. They also did not get new diesel locomotives but have been using old locomotives for many decades. There has not been electrification because there is not enough power plants being built to supply the electricity.

Probably the power stations are more needed to supply the population and electrification of the railway is not a priority. With electrification completely new systems for signaling and control have to be installed, new electric locomotives or EMUs have to be bought.

Having to maintain and run year 1964 locomotives for revenue service is quite an achievement but may be there is no choice. It's either keep it functioning or risk a collapse of the service as there is no new locomotives being bought.

I can appreciate the point of all the frustration being ventilated but probably it's not all the junta fault but the problem of unstable politics and frequent regime change that made long term planning difficult.
the latest one before the SDA-3 locos for Laem Chabang cargo along with Oil trains and Cement trains and SDA-4 for running TPI cement is GEA dated from 1995 though - more than 20 years indeed -

Hope that the new 16 ton axle load DEs as the replacement of GEKs will help after getting the New carriage sets from CNR Changchun ..

Yah the case of endless tussle and political football between Government-EGAT-Federation of Thai industry vs NGOs and Southerners with lignite mines along with the Northerners with lignite mines on the issue of the new power plant have caused the postponement for electrification - despite of rising demands for electric power that need import from Laos and Myanmar to fill the demands.

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I think the electrification can wait as log as they have frequent services using the diesel electric trains. Mostly the electrification is needed when higher speed can only be achieved by electric trains (I may be wrong). Anyway the thing that I cant understand is that the airport link in Bangkok basically runs in parallel to the existing rail line. Is there any reason that they decided to build a new line instead of upgrading the existing line? In my opinion it may be a good start for the electrification project.
For the issue of diesel railcars,we have to keep the old 1971 RHN DH Railcar running though even though some of them have been renovated with aircon ...
Just for the case of Kaeng Khoi Loco depot alone, there are demands for 25 sets of Diesel railcars (in 2 car formation) - yet there are 6 sets of Diesel railcars (in 2 car formation) at any given time ... and Nakhon Ratchasima Loco depot would need even more diesel railcars for Isan region alone ... while Lampang Loco would need Railcars to revive Lampang - Chiang Mai shuttle and Phitsanuloke - Lampang shuttle

Hope that 186 new DE Railcars would give the real relief so as to send those other old railcars to fill the rural demands ans revived some defunct trains.

Major traffic jam since 1980's demands elevated tracks - the case of point is the defunct Hopewell and the ongoing construction of red line commuter with Bangsue Central to be done in 2020.
However, the construction of Suvannabhum Airport demands the dedicated railway lines for this - as the nearest station at Lad Krabang is 3-5 km away from Suvannabhum Airport and the study results in year 2000 dictate that there should be a main terminus for Airport Link at Makkasan ... at that time they use Daewoo DMU as a model but the change of political regime has forced the change to Siemens EMUs that offer 160 kph at the cheaper price than the Japanese EMUs which can be used on the Meter gauges .... as 160 kph on the meter gauge is almost equal in term of rolling stock sophistication to High speed on standard gauge (250 kph++) ... and Siemens offer the off the shelf model (Desiro 360) - with the body width of 2.7 meter.

Now, the demands for Airport link to function as commuter are so great that 7 more sets are in need but political changes along with the signal issue with Siemens (need an opened signal system so as to use Cheaper deal from CNR Changchun or so) have postponed such bidding to fill the demand.

Red line commuter extension from to Hua Mark is to give the real relieve to those commuters on the Eastern part of BKK though ... but the actually real and working one would be the extension all the way to Chachoengsao (km 61 from BKK) to pick those in Suburbs as well as KMITL students while the traffic jam would dictate the elevated tracks - with a small underground section at Chitladda Royal station
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Here is the official - SRT has to shorten IE 35/36 to Padang besar effective on 1 September 2016 - the section to Butterworth will need to purchase the additional ticket from KTMB at Padang Besar station https://www.facebook.com/pr.railway/...20985977916269
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