Bangkok's hidden train repair yard keeps Thailand on its rails

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Bangkok's hidden train repair yard keeps Thailand on its rails

Post by hhfarang » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:45 pm

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) — The contrast is stark. You're riding the sleek, elevated rail line into central Bangkok from the city's main international Suvarnabhumi Airport. Just a few stops from the city's center, you see old rail stock -- engines and cars -- scattered through what looks almost like an urban jungle.
As you get closer to the city center, the jungle gives way to old warehouse structures, with Bangkok's skyline gleaming close by.
This is Makkasan, hardly a prime spot for travelers to the Thai capital. But if you like a bit of the eccentric when you travel, it offers some great rewards.
Below the Airport Rail Link, between its Makkasan and Ratchaprarop stations, you'll find the State Railway of Thailand's Makkasan station -- separate from the rail link's station of the same name. Walk along Nikhom Makkasan Road toward the station and transport yourself to what feels like the Thailand of 40 or 50 years ago. ..."

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Re: Bangkok's hidden train repair yard keeps Thailand on its rails

Post by MLS » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:42 pm

Hhfarang, thanks for the link, and I hope to have a shufti around there before long. Kind of coincidentally, I’d only just finished the last pages of The Railway Man by Eric Lorax less than a couple of hours before I saw your post so it was especially interesting to read in the link about the two Japanese engines residing there.

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