Should the present rail system be restored or should a high-speed system be built? Critics have implied a proposed high-speed train would be unaffordable to most citizens.

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Should the present rail system be restored or should a high-speed system be built? Critics have implied a proposed high-speed train would be unaffordable to most citizens.


Should the present rail system be restored or should a high-speed system be built?  Critics have implied a proposed high-speed train would be unaffordable to most citizens.

  • Start date:Dec 17, 2012
  • End date:Dec 19, 2012
  • Voters: 4,053 times
  • restore present system
    80.3%
  • go high-speed
    19.7%

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  • Discussion 11 : 17 Dec 2012 at 19.3911

    Stick with the poorly maintained and accident plagued 2G equivalent rail system, it's good for another 50 years and just make a giant billboard that looks like a fast train passing located near some old tracks; kinda like the cardboard cutout cops. Don'y worry about the future, everything will magically take care of itself.

  • Discussion 10 : 17 Dec 2012 at 15.2510

    @bangmodker #8: Who do you think will hire your proposed company if they don’t include the usual 30%?

  • Discussion 9 : 17 Dec 2012 at 15.049

    not sure what is taking so long to build any reliable train system, should have
    thought of this long ago.

  • Discussion 8 : 17 Dec 2012 at 15.028

    Give Leonhard Weiss GmbH,Deutschland,a call and they will propose the best,safest and cheapest long term solution to Thailands railway system.
    An extra plus is the fact that they won't allow space in the budget/offer for the usual 30+% kick-backs for corrupt Thai officials. A win-win situation for tax-payers,commuters and the enviroment in Thailand.
    By the way,Germany also produce and sell fully tested,cheap,comfortable,reliable and enviromentally friendly trains. What more can you ask for? What are you waiting for???

  • Discussion 7 : 17 Dec 2012 at 14.167

    At least a standard gauge should be built. This will enable train speed to be competitive and more comfortable with road transport. Cleanliness is urgently needed to be restored. Modernization of locomotives and cabins is long overdue. State Railway is 50 years behind reality in both hardware and human resources.

  • Discussion 6 : 17 Dec 2012 at 14.116

    We already have a high-speed system called air travel, which is readily available, much cheaper and faster than any high-speed trains in existence. Moving freights by regular train system, however, is still the cheapest mode of transportation, given that their reach their destination safe and sound. So, restoring or even updating the existent rail system is preferable.

  • Discussion 5 : 17 Dec 2012 at 12.515

    I.e. in Germany trains drive faster than 200km/h on “normal rails”. But to make this possible the trains and tracks are well maintained. As long as (preventive) maintenance is an unknown concept in Thailand any kind of train will fail. So as long as nobody dares to bring the idea of maintenance into Thailand any slow transportation is better than a faster one because high speed accidents are more likely to be dangerous or deadly.

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    Discussion 4 : 17 Dec 2012 at 11.174

    Either way, they should build a reliable,l reasonably quick and affordable alternative to many of the inter-province buses which have such a poor safety record. Such a system would not only be convenient, it would be a lifesaver

  • Discussion 3 : 17 Dec 2012 at 10.583

    Comfortable, clean, reasonably priced rail transport is the way to go. I always recommend the overnight sleeper service, between Bangkok and south Thailand to my friends.
    Train travel is not about speed, it's about meeting people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it's the journey not the destination.

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    Discussion 2 : 17 Dec 2012 at 10.192

    Neither .The present railway is the wrong gauge .We should build a reliable normal speed train .High speed will be over priced and an accident waiting to happen .Indias railway is carrying half the population of Thailand on it as we speak .

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