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Prajin pledges first rail route to finish in two years

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BANGKOK: -- Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong said the country's first standard-gauge rail route from Nong Khai to Rayong and Bangkok would be completed in two years or by 2017.

He said Thai and Chinese authorities will discuss the construction of the first rail route on January 20-22.

The meeting will be the first since the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on rail network development in December.

ACM Prachin said the design, route details, land expropriation issued and the formation of a joint administrative committee to oversee the work, would be among topics to be discussed.

The second meeting from February 5-7 will concentrate on financial matters, particularly contribution to the project and the investment period.

ACM Prajin said Chinese authorities will submit a list of financial institutions interested in financing the construction, and lending conditions.

Survey of the route is scheduled from February to early March while full details of the project including financing should be concluded by August, ACM Prajin said.

The standard 1.435-metre gauge tracks will enable trains to travel at up to 180 kilometres per hour and can accommodate high-speed trains up to 250 kilomettes per hour in the future.

At present, the country’s rail network uses a 1-metre gauge

The project consists of two routes, first is . the 734 kilometres route running from Nong Khai province to Map Ta Phut deep-sea port in Rayong via Nakhon Ratchasima province and Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi province.

The second route from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok is 133 kilometres long.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/prajin-pledges-first-rail-route-finish-two-years

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-- Thai PBS 2015-01-10

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The project consists of two routes, first is . the 734 kilometres route running from Nong Khai province to Map Ta Phut deep-sea port in Rayong via Nakhon Ratchasima province and Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi province.

So according too the ''expert'' this engineering feat will be completed in two years.

One dreads to think what the P.Way standards and construction as well as the signaling system and the general infrastructure needed to run a railway safely.

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I think most of us have first hand experience of Thai project delivery deadlines. So when the Transportation Minister says 2 years, we automatically think . . . ok, 2 years, double that then add in additional time for uncertainties, and we figure that the real timeframe will be anywhere from an optimistic figure of 4.5 years to a more practical estimate of 6 years to never. whistling.gif

That is just for planning how to allocate the contract to conduct the bidding.

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Pah- two years. I am sure they will finish earlier and maiden trip will be next year. More important: WHAT will be for lunch in the dining car?

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Land expropiation alone will take 2 years or more.

I am sure there will be more 'parties' in the finance meeting in February than the construction meeting on january.

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Completed in 2 years with quality of materials and workmanship assured !

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"The standard 1.435-metre gauge tracks will enable trains to travel at up to 180 kilometres per hour and can accommodate high-speed trains up to 250 kilomettes per hour in the future..."

so are there safety standards like in the aircraft industries which prevents Thais from supplying parts and doing maintenance? whistling.gif

what do the commies get out of this?

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A 734 kilometre long dual track rail line running from Nong Khai province to Rayong, built concurrently with a second 133 kilometre long route from Kaeng Khoi to Bangkok, enabling speeds up to 180 kph (up to 250 kph in the future) will be planned, designed and constructed in two years?

Let's contrast that with some of the other sections of the mega Kunming–Singapore Railway spearheaded by China:

  1. The Kunming–Yuxi Railway or Kunyu Railway is a single-track railroad in Yunnan Province of Southwest China. The line runs 55.5 km (34 mi) from Kunming to Yuxi and was built from 1989 to 1993. Bridges and tunnels account for 22% of the total length of the line.
  2. The Yuxi–Mohan Railway or Yumo Railway is a double track electrified line, 487.7 km (303 mi) in length running from Yuxi in central Yunnan to Mohan, a town in Mengla County on the border with Laos in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture of southern Yunnan. The line will be capable of accommodating trains traveling at speeds of up to 200 km/h (124 mph), and was reported to take five years to build.
  3. The Yuxi–Mengzi Railway or Yumeng Railway, is a railroad in Yunnan Province of Southwest China. The line runs 141 km (88 mi) from Yuxi in central Yunnan to Mengzi City in southern Yunnan. Construction began on December 15, 2005, and the line opened to commercial service on February 23, 2013.
  4. The Mengzi–Hekou Railway or Menghe Railway is a railroad in Yunnan Province of Southwest China. The line runs 140 km (87 mi) from Mengzi City in southern Yunnan to the Hekou Yao Autonomous County on the border with Vietnam. Construction began in December 2008 and the line entered operation in December 2014.

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Edit: Apparently they were thinking more realistically when they first announced this plan...

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/747329-ncpo-approves-us34-billion-rail-line-project-plan/

Edited by jamesbrock

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Amazing what <deleted> they come out with when it's not allowed to criticise them...........coffee1.gif

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Impossible! Obviously no idea about the job entails, move him on for safety's sake.

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