BANGKOK — The State Railway of Thailand will put into service new Chinese-made train carriages on Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok routes as of November 11, SRT governor Wutthichart Kalyanamit said on Wednesday.
For the next step, new train cars will be put into service on two more routes; Bangkok-Nong Khai-Bangkok and Bangkok-Hat Yai-Bangkok, tentatively scheduled on December 2.
The governor said that all old train carriages for three routes would be replaced by new cars from China with the exception of Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok route in which a mix of old and new carriages will be used.
Travelers who want to use the service of the new carriages can book tickets in advance as of October 29 at all train stations.
The SRT paid 4.7 billion baht for 115 carriages from China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation and China CNR Corporation – the first new passenger coaches in 20 years. The order included nine first-class sleeper carriages, 88 second-class sleeper cars, nine carriages with facilities to support people with disabilities and nine dining cars.
All were delivered to Thailand in late September.
The new first-class sleeper cars feature 12 private rooms. Each room has a bunk bed for two passengers, a personal video screen and power sockets supporting a USB charger.
The second-class sleepers have four TV screens. Other facilities include an automatic lifted-up platform for people travelling with wheelchairs to board the train, vacuum toilets like those used in airoplane, Wi-Fi connection and security cameras