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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » February 20, 2019, 3:40 am

Oh, they are crafty alright and tough. They are certainly more difficult to deal with for the Chinese than many other nations. And, the people of Burma realise just how tough the Tatmadaw is. Burmese people like to read and they will tell you that Orwell wrote a triology about Burma: Burmese Days, Animal Farm and 1984.
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by FrazeeDK » March 6, 2019, 11:13 am

the real deal or just bombast? My speculation was and is that the Thai government will not want to have the Lao-Chinese railway from Kunming to Vientiane with a railhead sitting across the Mekong waiting forlornly for the linkup with Thailand. The Lao railway is scheduled to be fully operational by December 2021. Will we see a flurry of activity starting soon on the Thai side???? . https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... in-4-years
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by FrazeeDK » March 6, 2019, 11:18 am

of course the article does show that the first segment of the railway down in Khorat is moving forward at blazing speed:
Construction is under way on a 3.5km section from Klang Dong to Pang Asok in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district, under the first contract worth 425 million baht. The work began in December 2017 and is 45% done...
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Post by parrot » March 6, 2019, 11:21 am

FrazeeDK wrote:
March 6, 2019, 11:13 am
the real deal or just bombast? My speculation was and is that the Thai government will not want to have the Lao-Chinese railway from Kunming to Vientiane with a railhead sitting across the Mekong waiting forlornly for the linkup with Thailand. The Lao railway is scheduled to be fully operational by December 2021. Will we see a flurry of activity starting soon on the Thai side???? . https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... in-4-years
We're into the 3rd month of 2019 already. I'm very skeptical.

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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by FrazeeDK » March 6, 2019, 4:54 pm

The stretch from Khorat to Nong Khai is a relatively easy stretch. Not too many bridges of note and no tunnels.. I would bet that with the appropirate motivation that stretch could be knocked out pretty easily.. The stretch from Khorat to Saraburi that goves down the edge of the Khorat Plateau would take longer I imagine... Anyway, note the article mentions another bridge across the Mekong to support the high speed rail.. If you see the Chinese starting to build that one you'll know things will happen quickly...
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » March 6, 2019, 7:21 pm

The Chinese plan to colonise Laos, and Thailand is proceeding nicely, for them.
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by FrazeeDK » March 9, 2019, 2:25 pm

not so sunny news on the Nong Khai-Bangkok high speed rail.. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transp ... tract-fees
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by rick » March 10, 2019, 4:15 pm

And only last week it was meant to be going so well. Normal service has been resumed!

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Post by FrazeeDK » March 13, 2019, 6:25 pm

meanwhile unbeknownst to us, the SRT managed to complete their dual-tracking on their meter gauge line (NOT the new planned "high speed" rail) from Khorat to Khon Khaen and it was officially opened by the PM today.. the article states KK to Khorat travel time as one hour and 20 minutes.. I imagined eventually the dual-tracking will extend up to Nong Khai but see no construction or preparation for that last 110km section yet. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transp ... er-numbers
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by the-monk » March 13, 2019, 7:08 pm

Hard to believe ... passenger trains travel time down from 3 hours to 1H 20.. freight trains travel time cut from 6 hours down to 2 h 30 min...number passengers will go from 2 000 000 to 10 000 000.
No timetable, no sign of new equipment...... What s wrong with this picture ?

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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by FrazeeDK » March 13, 2019, 8:54 pm

well, while I knew they were building the elevated portion of the dual track in KK and that they were working on the segment to Khorat I had no idea it was ready to open.. So, who's to say that SRT hasn't bought new rolling stock and engines that we don't know about?? I was looking at portions of the Khorat-KK railway on Skyscraper city and it appears that portions of the link are fenced off which would certainly allow much higher speeds since herds of cows and water buffalo wouldn't be wandering onto the tracks.. SRT did buy the new sleeper train well over a year ago that provides service between BKK and Nong Khai... It only received a little bit of publicity.. Of course, new equipment does not necessarily mean greatly improved service...
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Re: Lao Railway Progress

Post by jackspratt » March 13, 2019, 9:35 pm

When I drove south in mid-January, there was a lot of work going on a couple of kilometres south of where the Khon Kaen bypass hits Hwy 2. There were big overpasses and bridges for seemingly no other reason than that was where the railway passed through.

Coming back, further north on the KK - Udon section of Hwy 2, I noticed some further big time construction going on, which appeared to be also rail related.

I wondered at the time if this was connected to the high speed rail, but perhaps it is more about the dual track that FDK refers to above.
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