The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) conducted a trial run of the Kiha 183 passenger train carriages donated by Japan after the modification and renovation work on the first three carriages was completed. These renovated wagons, capable of running at the maximum speed of 100 to 110 kilometers per hour, will be put into service next month on short tourist routes.
Nirut Maneephan, the SRT governor, led members of the media on Tuesday to take part in the trial run from Makkasan maintenance yard in Bangkok to Chachoengsao station.
The 17 used cars, donated by JR Hokkaido, arrived in Thailand in December last year.
SRT paid around 42 million baht for the shipment from Japan and modified them to fit the one meter gauge Thai tracks. Second-hand cars also need interior renovation and painting.
SRT expects all 17 cars to be ready for use by the end of next year. (TNA)