The State Railway of Thailand insists the maintenance of the northern railway line from Uttaradit to Chiang Mai will be completed in 45 days as planned.
This partly damaged 48-year-old oil painting hangs at the State Railway of Thailand headquarters, showing wear and tear around the railway tracks, fuelling rumours it was a "bad omen" and had caused frequent derailments. (Photos by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
SRT governor Prapat Chongsanguan also said he was confident the number of train passengers between Bangkok and Chiang Mai _ about 2,000 per day _ would not decrease during the repair work, despite the fact they have to switch to a bus when they reach Uttaradit.
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