Thailand's high-speed train project underway

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Post by Stargeezer » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:28 am

If China builds this HST network, I would be very impressed.
I took a ride on the system in China, from Beijing to Some city about 2 hours
drive by car away. It took about 40 minutes and was very comfortable.
Maybe China does want a high speed system all the way from China to
Singapore. That would be a good thing. I won't hold my breath at
how long it will take it to be built through Thailand though.
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Post by StevePIraq » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:48 pm

Interesting article at Nikkei Asian review

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Post by oakdale160 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:07 am

Eurostar has announce its new train on the channel run -- e320.
Max speed 320k/Hr (200miles/HR)
That would be BKK> HH with two stops in about 1hr 20 mins.

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Post by oakdale160 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:11 am

I'm sorry my math is faulty it would be in 45 mins, commuting distance!

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Post by Dr Mike » Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:44 am

So it looks as if the Japanese are the favorites to build the high speed railways. They did build pretty quickly the last time they tried in the early 40s. If it comes to pass I hope they are in charge of the money in addition to the construction

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Post by buksida » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:54 pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the construction of high-speed trains connecting Bangkok with famous tourist sites and invited the private sector to participate in the project.

The Prime Minister on Thursday said the high-speed train project from Bangkok to Pattaya or Hua Hin might be a joint venture in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Thai and foreign investors were both welcomed, said the premier.

Tracks of the high speed trains are expected to be constructed in parallel with the one-meter or 1.453-meter tracks.

As for the U.S., the PM said it was still necessary for the Thai government to trade and invest with all countries despite the U.S.’ misunderstanding of Thailand’s internal affairs. Thailand and the U.S. needed to continue their trade relations as politics was politics, said the premier.

Gen. Prayuth also instructed all ministries to integrate information on their investment strategies so that he could use it for his official trips to foreign countries.

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Post by dundrillin » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:37 am

Hopefully the Thai government will not stuffed in a similar fashion as the last Labour government were with PFI's

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Post by STEVE G » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:35 am

buksida wrote:Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the construction of high-speed trains connecting Bangkok with famous tourist sites and invited the private sector to participate in the project.


http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/new ... 2120010023
I'm a bit bemused as to why the junta is even getting involved in these vast infrastructure projects, surely that is the job of the next elected government. After the coup, his stated aims were reconciliation and being a neutral arbitrator in making political reforms before elections, there was no mention of railway construction, perhaps he wants to make the trains run on time like Mussolini!

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Post by buksida » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:15 am

STEVE G wrote: I'm a bit bemused as to why the junta is even getting involved in these vast infrastructure projects, surely that is the job of the next elected government.
Economic stimulus I guess, spending some of the state funds that the previous lot had stockpiled for their family, 'voter wooing schemes', and 'favoured projects'!

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Post by oakdale160 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:57 am

You cant wait fora new elected govt, that could be many years from now, you cant stagnate till then.
Do you hear much demand from everyday Thai people for an election??

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:46 am

oakdale160 wrote:Do you hear much demand from everyday Thai people for an election??
About as much as they demand a High-Speed train.
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Post by Dr Mike » Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:17 am

Good point BB. The real driver for the HST is China, who want Kumming to Singapore and Yangong links.

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Post by STEVE G » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:30 am

oakdale160 wrote:You cant wait fora new elected govt, that could be many years from now, you cant stagnate till then.
Do you hear much demand from everyday Thai people for an election??
Actually yes, from the ones who voted for the last government.

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Post by Bamboo Grove » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:29 pm

Actually yes, from the ones who voted for the last government.
Actually many of them are very disappointed with the infighting reds and probably wouldn't vote them any more.

Back to the topic. I agree with Dr.Mike but think that rather than Singapore or Rangon, they are after a connection to Dawei.
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Re: High-speed train bids to start in 2013

Post by Dr Mike » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:59 pm

I am sure that the Chinese realize that bringing it thru LAOS will be easy politically, of course they will have to pay. Malaysia is going to do it for their own reasons. the missing link is Thai. going to Dawei will be less distance than running it down to Butterworth.

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