Bangkok Railway Station

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Bangkok Railway Station
สถานีรถไฟกรุงเทพ
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Station statistics
Address Rama IV Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330
Coordinates 13°44′20″N 100°31′0″E / 13.73889°N 100.51667°E / 13.73889; 100.51667Coordinates: 13°44′20″N 100°31′0″E / 13.73889°N 100.51667°E / 13.73889; 100.51667
Line(s) Northern Line
Northeastern Line
Eastern Line
Southern Line
Connections MRT, BMTA
Platforms 14
Other information
Opened June 25, 1916
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code HUA
Owned by State Railway of Thailand
Traffic
Passengers (22,000,000) 60,000+ per day
Services
Preceding station   State Railway of Thailand   Following station
Terminus Northern Line
toward Chiang Mai
Terminus Northeastern Line
Terminus Northeastern Line
toward Thanaleng
Terminus Southern Line
Terminus Eastern Line
Terminus Eastern Line
Preceding station   MRT (Bangkok)   Following station
Terminus MRT Blue Line
Transfer at: Hua Lamphong
toward Bang Sue

Bangkok Railway Station (Thai: สถานีรถไฟกรุงเทพ), inofficially known as Hua Lamphong Station (หัวลำโพง), is the main railway station in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the center of the city in the Pathum Wan District, and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand.

Naming[edit]

The station is officially referred to by the State Railway of Thailand as Krungthep Station in Thai ('Krungthep' is the transliteration of the common Thai language name of Bangkok) and Bangkok Station in English.[1] Hua Lamphong is the informal name of the station, used by both foreign travellers and local people in Bangkok. The station is often named as Hua Lamphong in travel guide books and public press papers.[citation needed]

In other areas of Thailand the station is commonly referred to as Krungthep Station, and the name Hua Lamphong is not well known.

In all documents published by the State Railway of Thailand (such as train tickets, timetables and tour pamphlets) the station is uniformly transcribed as Krungthep (กรุงเทพฯ) in Thai.[1]

History[edit]

The station was opened on June 25, 1916 after six years' construction. The site of the railway station was previously occupied by the national railway's maintenance centre, which moved to Makkasan in June 1910. At the nearby location of the previous railway station a pillar commemorates the inauguration of the Thai railway network in 1897.

The station was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance style, with decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows. The architecture is attributed to Turin-born Mario Tamagno, who with countryman Annibale Rigotti (1870–1968) was also responsible for the design of several other early 20th century public buildings in Bangkok. The pair designed Bang Khun Prom Palace (1906), Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the Royal Plaza (1907–15) and Suan Kularb Residential Hall and Throne Hall in Dusit Garden, among other buildings.

There are 14 platforms, 26 ticket booths and two electric display boards. Hua Lamphong serves over 130 trains and approximately 60,000 passengers each day. Since 2004 the station has been connected by an underground passage to the MRT subway system, which has a nearby station of the same name.

The station is also a terminus of the Eastern and Oriental Express luxury trains.[2]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Northeastern Line Timetable". State Railway of Thailand. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Perkins, Ed (2013-08-01). "10 iconic train excursions". USA Today. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

References[edit]

  • รายงานกองบัญชาการครั้งที่ 20 กล่าวด้วยการเดินรถไฟหลวงทางขนาดใหญ่ในกรุงสยามประจำพระพุทธศักราช 2459 (ปิคฤศต์ศักราช 1916-17), กรมรถไฟหลวง, โรงพิมพ์กรมรถไฟ, 2460 (Stored in National Archives of Thailand)
  • งานฉลอง 50ปี กรมรถไฟหลวง, กรมรถไฟหลวง, โรงพิมพ์กรมรถไฟ, 2490