Eastern Line (Thailand)

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Eastern Line
Hua Mak Railway Station.JPG
Hua Mak Railway Station, one of some stations that can be interchanged to Airport Rail Link (Bangkok)
Overview
TypeInter-city rail
LocaleBangkok, Chachoengsao Province, Nakhon Nayok Province, Saraburi Province, Prachinburi Province, Sa Kaeo Province, Chonburi Province, and Rayong Province
TerminiHua Lamphong
Main: Aranyaprathet, Ban Phlu Ta Luang, Kaeng Khoi
Branch: Map Taphut, Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port, Maenam, and Lat Krabang ICD
Services3:
Operation
Opened24 January 1907[1]
OwnerState Railway of Thailand
Depot(s)Makkasan depot
Technical
Line length255 km (158 mi)
Track gauge1,000 mm

Eastern Line is a railway line in Thailand, built and owned by State Railway of Thailand (SRT), located in Bangkok, Chachoengsao Province, Nakhon Nayok Province, Saraburi Province, Prachinburi Province, Sa Kaeo Province, Chonburi Province, and Rayong Province.

It is the most important freight transport line in Thailand because there are many freight trains on the line. It was opened on 24 January 1907.[1]

Timeline[edit]

In 1941, SRT had built 17-kilometer railway line into Cambodia, but five years later, that line was removed because of World War II ending.[1] In 1953, Cambodia had asked SRT to build rail line linking again, so SRT built 6-kilometer rail line into Cambodia again and opened it on 22 April 1955.[1] However, in 1961, Cambodia-Thailand relations have a problem, so the linking line has been defunct since 25 October 1961 and now there are no train services between two countries.[1] Terminal station is still Aranyaprathet.

Services[edit]

The lines is divided into three main line:

Other branch line:

  • Makkasan-Maenam
  • Lat Krabang-ICD
  • Sriracha Junction-Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port
  • Khao Chi Chan Junction-Map Taphut

Notable railway stations[edit]

The Eastern Line begins at Bangkok before heading through Chacheongsao, Prachinburi to terminate at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew Province, 255 kilometers from Bangkok. There is an unused rail link to Cambodia from Aranyaprathet, currently being rebuilt. A branch line also connects Khlong Sip Kao Junction to the Northeastern Line at Kaeng Khoi Junction. At Chachoengsao Junction, there is another branch to Sattahip. Along the route to Sattahip, at Si Racha Junction, there is yet another branch towards Laem Chabang Deep Sea Port and further at Khao Chi Chan Junction for Map Taphut Port, in Rayong.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e History of Thai railway (in Thai)