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PM hails new trains – service from Bangkok to Chiang Mai slashed by three hours

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Prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha inaugurated fancy Chinese rolling stock yesterday heralding a new era for the railways in Thailand.

The smart new trains are part of a 176 billion baht investment to upgrade the rail system.

The PM yesterday was taken on an auspicious first test run from Bangkok to Nakorn Pathom.

Some 115 new carriages are being purchased from China to supplement the system. Thirty nine of these are now ready for service and after a further month’s testing they will be ready for service.

The public will get a chance to use the new trains on the Chiang Mai – Bangkok run in October. Speeds will be up to 120 kph with first class and buffet car available. W-fi and LED screens will be available.

Railways governor Wuthichart Kanyarnmit said that the investment represented a new level of service and convenience for the travelling public adding that journey times from the north to the capital would be slashed by three hours.

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