First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:12 pm

HHTel wrote:"I hope they have better catering, very disapointing and beer on my train!"

Alcohol is banned on all trains in Thaiand. You can't even take your own - if found, it will be confiscated. Having said that, Railway employees have been seen drinking openly on these trains and it was drunken employees which led to the ban!
LOL - sale of alcohol was banned nationwide for the last 2 days, but you found a way around it :wink:
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by HHTel » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:56 am

A little different BB. Alcohol was banned for consumption 11th July 2014. The reason was of an incident when a poor girl was beaten and raped and thrown off the train just south of HH. The aggressor was an employee of SRT but the knee-jerk reaction was to ban alcohol on all forms of transport.
Getting a drink on 'Buddha days is a completely different scenario.

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:51 am

If you say so - both are crimes.
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by HHTel » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:42 am

Only a crime to sell/buy alcohol, not a crime to drink it.
It is a crime to drink alcohol on a train!

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Pleng » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:41 pm

I always found it amusing on the HH - Butterworth route... the guy who came around to takes orders for table service clearly knows the regulars. As soon as the train passed the border into Malaysia we was coming around offering beers to those that he thought would want one.

Considering the respective images that Thailand and Malaysia have when it comes to alcohol consumption.

I speak in the past tense because the last couple of times I've done the route, we've changed onto an express train after hitting the border, which doesn't have any form of catering.

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:30 am

I've just seen some publicity photos on the net. I'd need to buy 2 tickets just for me :shock:

When I saw the original photos, I assumed the seats were like the UK's Inter-City 1st Class seats.
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by hhinner » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:48 am

^^ That looks like a sleeper carriage and the seat would be for one person.

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Nereus » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:02 am

There is a bunch of photos here:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/adv ... next-month

Modern trains Bangkok-Chiang Mai: Next month
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:08 am

hhinner wrote:^^ That looks like a sleeper carriage and the seat would be for one person.
Why publicise with 2 SMALL people sitting in it then? It's certainly put me off.
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Nereus » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:13 am

And then there are these that can go from Bangkok to Chang Mai in 3 or 4 hours: :shock:

http://www.thailandtrains.com/buy-train ... hiang-mai/

Train times from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Train Number*
Departure
  Arrival  
Train Type
Journey Time
7

08.30
19.30
Special Express
 11 hr 10 min
109

13.45
04.05
Rapid
14 hr 20 min
9

18.10
07.15
Special Express
13 hr 05 min
13

19.35
08.40
Special Express
3 hr 05 min

51
22.00
12.10
Express
4 hr 10 min
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Re: RE: Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by hhinner » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:47 pm

Nereus wrote:There is a bunch of photos here:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/adv ... next-month

Modern trains Bangkok-Chiang Mai: Next month
15 Jul 2016 at 12:49
The photo labelled second class seating car is obviously a sleeper - the upper bunks have been lowered to sleeping positions.

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by HHTel » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:12 pm

Big Boy wrote:
hhinner wrote:^^ That looks like a sleeper carriage and the seat would be for one person.
Why publicise with 2 SMALL people sitting in it then? It's certainly put me off.
That is definitely a sleeper but as you say BB, why put 2 small people in a single seat. Maybe the photo crew and stooges just didn't know!

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:23 pm

Actually, if you look through the link provided by Nereus the seating in the 2nd class sleeping car is the same as the seating in the 2nd class seating car.
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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by HHTel » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:39 pm

The pics are completely misleading. The pic that is marked as a 2nd class seating car is in fact a sleeper car!

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Re: First look at Thailand's sleek new express trains

Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:57 pm

Have you used one to be sure?
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