The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will spend 54 billion baht to buy more trains to serve along upgraded dual-tracks that will be gradually opened between 2021 and 2023, said SRT deputy governor Siripong Preutthipan.

The first phase of the dual-track upgrades covers five routes – Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon, Map Kabao-Jira, Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin, and Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho.

The earmarked to purchase 50 new diesel trains to run for the first phase of the upgrades is Seven billion. The bidding is ongoing and deliveries will be made 30 months after the purchase contract is signed.

The State Railway of Thailand plans to ask the cabinet to approve a 15-billion-baht budget for it to buy 216 more diesel trains in September. And another 13 billion baht to purchase air-conditioned trains.

“We are also planning to spend 5 billion baht to buy 1,000 flat-wagon containers to serve our logistics arm. And 813 million baht to buy three railroad cranes. Before adding the agency plans to spend 13 billion baht to lease 50 diesel locomotives to support its operations.

Siripong also said that SRT engineers are testing hybrid trains to reduce the agency’s dependence on fossil fuels.

why trains?

The greatest advantage of railway transport is that it is the most dependable mode of transport as it is the least affected by weather conditions such as rains, fog, etc. If compared to other modes of transport. And also the rail transport is better organized than any other form of transport. It has fixed routes and schedules. Its service is more certain, uniform and regular as compared to other modes of transport. The last things are cheaper and safety. It is a cheaper mode of transport as compared to other modes of transport.

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