Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link offers to run high-speed train system

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High_Speed_Rail_Project_thailandRT Electrified Train Co, the operator of Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link (ARL), is ready to manage Thailand’s high-speed trains if the government approves the project, the Bangkok Post reported on October 26.

The company’s chief executive Peerakan Kaewwongwattana said the motors, power supply and track size of the ARL are similar to those of high-speed trains, with only the control system needing to be changed. The company has 600 engineers trained in China who can learn to operate high-speed trains, while the Education Ministry can work with universities to produce more engineers, he said.

Running at 82 km/h, Thailand’s ARLs are considered semi-high speed, while high-speed trains can travel faster than 200 km/h.

“The prime minister reiterated she wants the ARL to become a model for high-speed trains,” Kaewwongwattana said.

Zhou Li, the director-general of China Railway Corporation’s science and technology department, said the company is studying routes from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Nong Khai, but the decision lies with the Thai government. ”

The project will increase the employment, tourism and happiness of Thais,” he said, adding that estimated costs depend on the train speed and geographical details.

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RT Electrified Train Co, the operator of Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link (ARL), is ready to manage Thailand’s high-speed trains if the government approves the project, the Bangkok Post reported on October 26.

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High_Speed_Rail_Project_thailandRT Electrified Train Co, the operator of Bangkok’s Airport Rail Link (ARL), is ready to manage Thailand’s high-speed trains if the government approves the project, the Bangkok Post reported on October 26.

The company’s chief executive Peerakan Kaewwongwattana said the motors, power supply and track size of the ARL are similar to those of high-speed trains, with only the control system needing to be changed. The company has 600 engineers trained in China who can learn to operate high-speed trains, while the Education Ministry can work with universities to produce more engineers, he said.

Running at 82 km/h, Thailand’s ARLs are considered semi-high speed, while high-speed trains can travel faster than 200 km/h.

“The prime minister reiterated she wants the ARL to become a model for high-speed trains,” Kaewwongwattana said.

Zhou Li, the director-general of China Railway Corporation’s science and technology department, said the company is studying routes from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Nong Khai, but the decision lies with the Thai government. ”

The project will increase the employment, tourism and happiness of Thais,” he said, adding that estimated costs depend on the train speed and geographical details.

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