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Bangkok – Rayong High Speed Rail Project


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Now that work has begun on the high speed rail project linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, and the U-Tapao airports, thought it would be good to have a topic to track the construction progress with photos. It'll be interesting to see how the area changes over the coming years.

Project Description
The Bangkok – Rayong High-Speed Rail features a 1.435-metre standard gauge track with capacity to serve a maximum speed of 250 kilometres per hour. It travels on an elevated route with a 300-metre tunnel portion near Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan) spanning 193.5 kilometres. the rail connects with Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Bang Sue – Rangsit Red Line, and the Bangkok – Hua Hin High-speed Rail, easing traveling between Bangkok and the eastern region of Thailand. The project involves installation of the track, system work and equipment in order to meet the standards of a high-speed railway.
https://pipeline.gihub.org/Project/ProjectDetails/856

Latest news report on the start of the project: High speed rail project construction in Chonburi linked to three major airports expected to start this October

Photos from this morning of the preliminary road work. View looking north and south from Khao Noi.
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Hope they have good elevation of the track as this area is the low point between Kha Noi and Khao Talo that floods every heavy rainstorm.
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And the view looking north and south of Khao Talo.
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Thanks for starting this thread, will be great to see it develop.

Are the tracks really only 1.435m wide? Seems very narrow to me for a train hurtling along at 250kph.

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7 minutes ago, awesum4 said:

Thanks for starting this thread, will be great to see it develop.

Are the tracks really only 1.435m wide? Seems very narrow to me for a train hurtling along at 250kph.

It's standard gauge so will be okay.

I am not sure what they will do when the tracks heat up. In the uk it grinds the railways to a stop.

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3 hours ago, tombon said:

I am not sure what they will do when the tracks heat up. In the uk it grinds the railways to a stop.

Or when it is cold or there is ice on them..... or...etc etc....

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8 hours ago, jacko said:

Or when it is cold or there is ice on them..... or...etc etc....

God forbid leafs ever fall on the tracks.

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Related to the rail project...

Pattaya city to move forward with major drainage project intended to fix flooding by Pattaya railway

Pattaya City will start a major new five-year project that will have a significant budget with the first phase of construction set for next year to help solve the continual flooding problems along the Eastern Pattaya railway road area, as well as improvements to the South Pattaya drainage system.
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Just another in a long string of public works projects that have only a marginal impact on the flooding problem.

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