The State Railway of Thailand’s (SRT) new passenger carriages will be put into service on two of the four long-haul routes on Nov 11, and reservations are now open.
The SRT governor has stated that the carriages would be fixed to trains operating the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani which passes through Buriram.
The services on the Bangkok-Nong Khai and Bangkok-Hat Yai routes will get the comfortable new coaches a month later, starting on Dec 2.
Ticket reservations for these services can be made from Saturday.(October 29)
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 cars, 88 second-class sleeper cars, nine cars with facilities to support people with disabilities and nine dining cars.
All were delivered to Thailand late last month.
The new first-class sleeper cars have 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 as well as an automatic lifted-up platform for people travelling with wheelchairs to board the train, vacuum toilets like those used in aeroplanes, Wi- fi connection and security cameras.
The fares on the four routes, which operate daily, are first-class tickets ranging from 1,157 to 1,594 baht, and the second class service from 731 up to 945 baht.
The SRT expects the modern carriages to accommodate up to 1 million passengers a year, generating an additional 500 million baht in revenue.
(Thanks to Bangkok Post for information)