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So.

Sad news. Laid up with an ankle broken in two places and will be in plaster for at least six weeks!

 

Can't get out to photograph anything and can't get into the workshop to do anything there either. So I've decided to re-master my Thai rail videos taken between 2005 and 2009 and also upload a load of pictures from the same period. I'll probably release the videos every two weeks on youtube. The first one is Khon Kaen in 2009. Khon Kaen is the regional capitol of the Isan region in the North East area of Thailand and is on the main line that heads North to the Laos border

 

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There were local trains, express Diesel railcars on the longer distance trains and Loco hauled long distance passenger trains

 

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Freight workings were Cement trains to the north returning empty southbound

 

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Propane tankers working to Samran with the obligatory barrier wagon between the loco and the tankers

 

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As late as 2009 the original roundhouse still stood, now in use as a caddy shack for the Railway owner golf course

 

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I got quite adept at working out the timetables

 

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on the video you can see

12/01/2009

 

RHN 1011+14+1022+37

Train 418 Talat Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima

GEA 4555

South Propane tankers

RHN

Train 416 Udon Thani-Nakhon Ratchasima

Alsthom ALS 4152

North Propane tankers

RHN 1023+18+1044

Train 416 Udon Thani-Nakhon Ratchasima

THN 1223+?+1102

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

Rot Tok

 

13/01/2009

 

ALS 4152

South Propane tankers

AHK 4307

shunts oil teminal

GEA 4555

North Propane tankers

1223+?+1102

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

GEA 4555

North Propane tankers

RHN

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

THN/NKF

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

14/01/2009

 

GEA 4555

North Propane tankers

1045 + 25+34

Train 416 Udon Thani-Nakhon Ratchasima

15/01/2009

 

Rot Toks

 

THN/NKF

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

16/01/2009

 

GEA 4559

Fuel Tankers North

17/01/2009

 

GEA 4555

Train 69 Bangkok-Nong khai

RHN 1023+18+1044

Train 416 Udon Thani-Nakhon Ratchasima

ALS 4125

South Bogie cements

THN/NKF

train 76 Talat Nong Khai-Bua Yai

ALS 4125

South Bogie cements

 

https://youtu.be/IRJhBs7arCM?si=JWurpaBjNbh2ZB--

 

Kev

 

Next time the steam depot at Thonburi and Bagkok Noi station in 2005 and 2007

 

 

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Thanks Jeff

 

Bangkok Noi and Thonburi.

 

An essential visit for anyone interested in Thai Rilways and in particular steam locos

 

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Home of the active steam fleet and also in those days the best chance to find working Krupp Diesel Hydraulics. See above is Kawasaki built 4-6-2 No. 824

 

C56 2-6-0 713 aka C56 15 

 

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The other Kawasaki pacific 850 was peeking out of the shed doors

 

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You could walk around without anybody bothering

 

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in 2007 when I got talking to the managers and they found out I worked for the Railways in the U.K the rest of the day was great but they did get me slightly drunk with a bottle of Japanese whisky they had hidden it in  a filing cabinet!

 

One of the Krupp Diesel Hydraulics 3118

 

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Alsthom Co-Cos were always in evidence. ALS 4149 comes onto the depot for servicing

 

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Bangkok Noi.

This station was built to replace the original, magnificent Thonburi station and did not match it in anyway

 

Then

 

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The new station was built on the original Thonburi goods

 

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now

 

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More tomorrow

 

kev

 

 

 

 

 

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The station shunter was usually one of the Henschel built HAS 0-6-0DHs

 

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A Hitachi HID Co-Co took over

 

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The main duty being assembling the passenger trains for the Southern services

 

Train movements are controlled by Thonburi Signalbox

 

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Video from May 2005 and May 2007

 

https://youtu.be/Jbs4ulOiEGk?si=l122t-AXrO9NeUP5

 

Next up Bang Sue, a truly awesome place for a railfan

 

Kev

 

 

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On 1/19/2024 at 10:21 PM, kevsmiththai said:

An essential visit for anyone interested in Thai Rilways and in particular steam locos

 

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I've found these interesting. They're almost like an alternate take in which the D51s became pacifics (and not just their boilers, like the C61s)

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The first time I went to Bang Sue junction, to the north of Bangkok in 2005, I barely scratched the surface of what was there. I made up for that later when I explored all of the vast site including the fomer Hump yard and marshalling yards.

 

In total, over the years I ended up taking over 530 photographs in the area which is a bit nuts

 

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2005 and the first train I got at Bang Sue Junction station was one of the Daewoo railcars heading North

 

A Bangkok bound express hauled by Alsthom ADD 4408 comes to a halt at Bang Sue. In many cases the train engine comes off here for servicing at the depot with a local engine taking over for the last few Km into Hua Lamphong

 

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I never found as many of the BREL built SuperSprinters on my visits to Thailand as I wanted to,These were built on a parralel production line at Derby Works alongside the BR class 158 DMUs using the same bodyshells but obviously metre gauge rather than standard gauge with upgraded Air-Con ( Not good)Leather seats and no Gangway connections

 

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I always tried to photo the station nameboards

 

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more soon

 

Kev

 

 

 

 

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The Diesel depot was typical

 

that's not water in the foreground. It was a mix of diesel, oil, coolant and god knows what. I was wearing white linen trousers so this was as far as I went.

 

 

 

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On the Cripple road I found one of the rare Henshel B-B Diesel hydraulics

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I would have loved to have seen 3025 running

 

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Also on the cripple was fire damaged Alsthom ALS 4141

 

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more soon

 

 

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outside the front of the depot

 

GEK 4025, Alsthom AHK 4207, HAS 0-6-0DH 77 and KRUPP 4111

 

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HID 4522

 

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GEA 4537 on the Ready Track

 

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more soon

 

Kev

 

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There were a lot of light engine moves and empty coaching stock moves coming back to BangSue from Bangkok for servicing

 

GEA 4544

 

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Alsthom ALS 4125 brings back a set of BTCs

 

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GEK 4011 hauls ALS121 back to the depot

 

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in the area surrounding Bang Sue are some plinthed locos and coaches

 

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A derelict ex Maeklong railway 2-4-0T is parked on Kamphaeng Phet road

 

and rather improbably behind it is an exRhaetian Bahn tender from a 2-8-0

 

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Outside the depot is another Maeklong 2-4-0Tin much better condition

 

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I understand some of these have been tidied up since I was last there

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At the railway owned Golf course at Bang Sue was 2-8-2 no 943

 

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more soon

 

Kev

 

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Not just locos but oddities as well

 

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A 60cm/2 ft gauge quarry loco re-purposed as a shrine

 

 

And an early matchboard sided coach

 

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Kev

 

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The video

 

Shame about the constant racket from the Tamper and Ballast regulator on the 2009 bit

 

Here is a precis of what is on the video

 

In the early years of the 21st century Bang Sue was a vast area of SRTs Thai rail network. With marshalling yards, carriage sidings, a diesel maintenance  depot and two stations 100 metres apart I ended up taking over 500 photos there over the years

 

 

29/04/2005

View

Daewoo Railcar 2534 North

Alsthom ALS 4135 North

03/05/2005

G.E GEK 4045 North

Hitachi HID 4516 South

19/01/2009

Alsthom ADD 4414 North

Tamper and Ballast regulator

Alsthom AHK 4212 and ALS 4121 arrive with Bangkok train and come off for servicing

Alsthom ALS 4115 arrives with empty stock

GE GEA 4544 light engine onto depot

GE GEAs 4529 and 4527 light engine off depot

 

and then various scenes from the area around Bang Sue including plinthed steam locos and the Library train

 

Since the videos and photos were made the whole of the Bang Sue area has been completely transformed by the building of Bang Sue Grand station and the associated elevated tracks on concrete viaducts. Barely recognisable now I think. I think I really need to get back out there and have a look!

 

https://youtu.be/xO0PlKW3ztc?si=O-aK_sdJEdAhF9uM

 

Need to decide what to do next. There are two big beasts, Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok Hua Lamphong station and there will be a a medley of more rural country station where I may have only got one or two trains in action Tha Phra, Pattaya, Chachoengaoa Juntion, Thanonchira etc

 

More soon

 

Kev

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So I pulled into the car park at Nakhon Ratchasima station in 2006 and knew straight away this was going to be good

 

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The city is the third largest in Thailand but has a very rural feel. It is the gateway to Isan province in the North east of Thailand and is a junction on the North Eastern line that runs from Bangkok to the Laos border. The city is also known as Khorat

 

The station frontage gives a hint of how busy the railway would be.

 

A magnificent Hanomag 4-6-2, number 261,  was plinthed on the station forecourt

 

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First port of call was the roundhouse. I could not believe my luck. One of the rare and very venerable Davenport Bo-Bos was still in action shunting railcars and the shed breakdown crane.

 

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516 had the charactristic throaty roar from the exhaust even though it only has 500 hp.When we get to the video you might get the idea that the driver knew I was there and was giving it some welly!

 

More soon

 

Kev

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Thanks.

Plaster cast due to come off march 1st. Can't wait!

 

Did manage to get out and film the Sellafield to Heysham Nuclear Flask train late last week. The first photo I have taken since January 7th.

 

The roundhouse was undertaking some heavy maintenance on the RH/RHN diesel railcars, These were shunted onto the turntable and then stong armed onto the appropraite road by a willing gang of titters

 

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As I said. The Davenport was trunding around quite busily and I was thrilled when it returned with the breakdown crane in tow. Crane 33 was built by Hitachi in 1955 ( Same age as me)

 

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Note the very tatty railcar at the rear!

 

 

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Despite the line being so busy much of the signalling was still mechanical. If you went in a signalcabin it like stepping back in time in Germany. All the signalling gear was based on German practice. Note the very german ground signal in front of the box

 

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A view east of the marshalling yard. The yard stretches a long distance in either direction from the station. Lots of CG vans but loads of rare stuff as well

 

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More soon

 

kev

 

 

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