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Train in vain?

State Railway of Thailand is taking small steps toward improving its infrastructure and reputation.

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It was 11.45 on a February night when 27-year-old Anon Chawseeroy and three friends boarded a third-class train at Rangsit station heading to Chiang Mai. 

The SRT moves 50 million passengers a year on its 4,000-kilometre network, but carrying passengers is a money-losing business. The heavily indebted state enterprise could make a lot more money by carrying freight if it can overhaul its old, slow and creaking infrastructure.

For someone who had been on a train just three times in his life, he said it wasn't that bad.

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