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Thailand Unveils Royal Blossom Train, Redefining Rail Travel

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Governor, Nirut Maneepan, has disclosed plans for the introduction of the “Royal Blossom,” marking a significant advancement in the country’s rail transportation. This initiative, which encompasses the enhancement and expansion of the railway system, includes ten refurbished trains currently undergoing testing, with five slated to commence service by mid-year.

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Deliberations are ongoing regarding routes and initial fare rates, with the initial focus on popular short-distance routes such as Chachoengsao, Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, and the Lopburi Dam. The fare structure aims to be accessible to all passengers, with rates based on distance traveled. Additionally, plans are underway to refurbish five more air-conditioned passenger trains of the Hamanasu type, with completion expected by year-end.

According to Ekarrat Sreearanyanpong, Head of SRT’s Office of the Governor, SRT has acquired ten Hamanasu passenger trains from Japan’s Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). These trains, comprising five SUHAFU (with engines) and five OHA (engineless) models, have undergone cabin refurbishments to facilitate tourism, bolstering domestic travel potential.

The first set of refurbished Hamanasu trains, named “SRT Royal Blossom,” nearing completion, follows the success of the KIHA 183 tourist train, which generated revenue for SRT and left a positive impression on travelers.

The Royal Blossom carriages are currently undergoing system testing and are expected to commence tourist services on short-distance routes by mid-year, offering day trips or overnight stays and catering to major festivals or chartered trips as per demand.

Externally, the Royal Blossom coaches are adorned with a cherry red and gold livery, reminiscent of cherry blossoms, symbolizing the uniqueness of this tourist train. The carriages feature a distinctive logo, “State Railway of Thailand Royal Blossom since 2022,” accompanied by the Royal Crown flower, denoting a new era of travel.

Internally, meticulous attention has been given to detail, with new seating upholstered in plush fabric, adjustable curtains, and LED lighting installed. Main decor elements are crafted from durable cedar wood, with foldable seats and brass-clad handrails, ensuring both elegance and functionality.

Technical upgrades include widened wheelbases, revamped air conditioning systems utilizing Power Car engines for electrical supply, and standardized electrical outlets and USB ports for passenger convenience. Restrooms have been upgraded to aircraft-grade facilities, with increased water tank capacity and compatibility with other passenger trains for waste disposal.

The five Royal Blossom carriages are segmented into a Group Car, accommodating private group travel, and three Passenger Cars, offering a mix of forward-facing and group-oriented seating arrangements, each with USB charging ports. Additionally, there are eight separate seats for those seeking privacy.

A Leisure Car, transformed into a dining car, provides onboard food and beverage services, with a spacious layout allowing communal activities and expansive windows for scenic views. Furthermore, an open area at the rear of the carriage provides space for relaxation.

Originally serving as the Hamanasu express train linking Hokkaido and Honshu in Japan, the Hamanasu model dates back to 1988. Its final service in Japan was on March 21, 2016, earning it the nickname “Japan’s Rose.” The Hamanasu holds significance as a symbol of Hokkaido’s identity, with the rose being its emblematic flower.

Photos Courtesy : ข่าวนวัตกรรมขนส่งเดลินิวส์-Dailynews 

 

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