Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
It is also the nation’s largest Belt and Road project and this marks the beginning of a brand new era in Thai rail travel. A massive ceremony has taken place at the midway point of somewhere known as Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday. This place had been chosen since this is the exact spot where in 1990, the first major rail line of Thailand’s was completed.
The rail network has been neglected in Thailand.
There have been some improvements ever since it was created about 100 years ago as the nation looked towards a robust roads and air travel. Riding trains is cheap but then they are old and slow as well as they are polled by diesel locomotives. And their average speed in the country is just 50 kilometres per hour.
Due to the ageing track derailments are quite common.
These trains stop at several stations. Consequently the journeys seem to continue for a very long time and people only resort to them when they are not in a hurry to reach their destination.
But then, following a few years of negotiation and planning, a start has now been made on the nation’s first new railway system.
An impressive 600-kilometres track is being planned, right from the capital Bangkok to Nong Khai city located at the northeastern border of Thailand. The new electric trains would be running at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. A journey that presently consumes about 10 to 12 hours would be cut down to just three and a half hours.
The scheme is a partnership between China and Thailand.
Thailand would be owning the network and is paying the cost of about 12 billion US dollars. But the expertise is sourced from China that would be designing the railway and supply the trains.