Thailand railway news

News about railway and urban rail infrastructure, operations, policy, projects and the supply industry in Thailand.

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    Korean company awarded Thai signalling contract


    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand has awarded South Korean company LS Electric a 32·7bn won contract to supply signalling for the 177 km railway under construction between Ban Phai and Nong Pok. This forms the first phase of a 55·4bn baht project build a 354 km ...

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    Japanese DMUs find second homes in Thailand and Cambodia


    ASIA: Japan’s JR Hokkaido and JR East have sold cars of ex-Series KiHa 183 diesel multiple-units to Thailand and Cambodia. JR Hokkaido announced on April 12 that it had sold its remaining 11 cars, which had served as Series KiHa 183 diesel multiple-units, to Cambodia’s national ...

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    Bangkok Pink Line monorail opens


    THAILAND: Passenger carrying test operations have begun on the 34·5 km Pink Line straddle monorail in Bangkok. Passengers can travel free of charge until January 2. Official opening is scheduled for December 18. The northwest-to-northeast Pink Line serves 30 stations. It links Nonthaburi Civic Centre on ...

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    Double-tracking towards Thai-Laos border funded


    THAILAND: The Prime Minister’s Office formally approved State Railway of Thailand’s request for 29·7m baht to double-track the Khon Kaen – Nong Khai railway line on October 16. The 167 km long metre-gauge north-south route runs to Nong Khai near the border with Laos. It handles ...

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    ETCS Level 1 deployed around Bangkok


    THAILAND: A consortium of Thales and River Engineering has completed a project to deploy ETCS Level 1 across 321 route-km and 48 stations on State Railway of Thailand’s Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Southern lines radiating from Bangkok. The programme began in 2019 and covered routes from ...

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    Bangkok Yellow Line monorail opens


    THAILAND: The opening of the full length of the MRT Yellow Line monorail running 30·4 km from Lat Phrao to Samrong in the east of Bangkok with 23 stations was marked with a visit by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on June 19. Limited preview trips had ...

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    Comment: Stations really matter


    The opening on January 25 of Long Island Rail Road’s deep-level hub at Grand Central Madison in New York encapsulates the challenges facing station developers, who must balance urban regeneration objectives with operational improvements to rail services. This is no simple task, argues our Executive Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    French companies take on China in Thailand’s rail market


    THAILAND: The Rail Technology Research & Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with four French companies which are aiming to strengthen their links with Thai partners in what Systra said is ’a context of increasing competition in the region, particularly with Chinese technologies’. Thailand’s ...

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    Bangkok Pink Line monorail branch agreed


    THAILAND: Agreements have been signed for the construction of a branch off the Bangkok MRT Pink Line monorail to serve exhibition, hotel and retail destinations to the north of the city. Expected to cost 4bn baht to complete, the 3 km branch will run from Si ...

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    Southeast Asia: Tackling the break of gauge


    Passenger and freight facilities are being developed in both Vientiane and Nong Khai to facilitate increased rail traffic across the Laos-Thailand border.

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    MRTA lets contracts to build Bangkok Purple Line extension


    THAILAND: The Mass Rapid Transit Authority signed six construction contracts for the 23·6 km extension of Bangkok’s Purple Line at a ceremony held on March 11.

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    Southeast Asia: Progress falters with Thai projects


    Construction of a new line through Laos from the Chinese border to the capital at Vientiane in just five years is in marked contrast to the halting progress being made by several rail schemes in neighbouring Thailand. Peter Janssen reports from Bangkok.

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    Thai locomotives rolled out in China


    THAILAND: CRRC Qishuyan has rolled out the first of 50 diesel locomotives ordered by State Railway of Thailand to replace locos more than 40 years old. The 6·5bn baht contract signed on August 31 2020 required the first 20 locomotives to be ...

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    Thailand looks at battery traction


    THAILAND: The Ministry of Transport is pushing ahead with the procurement of battery railcars, and consideration is being given to local production and the conversion of existing diesel locomotives to battery power. The Department of Rail Transport and State Railway of Thailand have been tasked with ...

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    State Railway of Thailand awards locomotive ETCS contract


    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand has awarded Progress Rail’s ECM subsidiary and its local partner GLI Grandline Innovation a contract to design, supply and install onboard equipment on 70 locomotives to support ETCS Level 1 operation. Italian company ECM develops and manufactures HMR9 microprocessor interlockings and ...

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    Bangkok light rail study underway


    THAILAND: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has commissioned a feasibility and business case study for a proposed light rail line between Bang Na and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which it envisages could be built and operated under a public-private partnership contract. The two-year study is being undertaken by ...

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    Soft launch for Bangkok’s Red Line suburban services


    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand held a soft launch for Bangkok’s Red Line elevated metre-gauge suburban rail corridor on August 2, offering three months of free travel before the start of full commercial services in November. Services on the Red Line were inaugurated by Prime Minister ...

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    Thai and Japanese railway research organisations to co-operate


    THAILAND: The National Scientific & Technology Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute covering co-operation on technical matters, human development and joint research to help improve the Thai railway network. Initially running until the end of June 2023, the ...

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    Thailand: Grand opening in prospect


    Passengers are expected to start using Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand station in July as the first phase of the emerging passenger hub begins to serve two elevated suburban routes, reports Peter Janssen.

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    Bangkok monorail extension approved


    THAILAND: Approval has been granted for an extension of Bangkok’s future Pink Line monorail. The 34·5 km Pink Line from Khrae Rai to Min Buri with 30 stations is now 72% complete, with the first section expected to open this year and the full route in 2022. ...