'Ultraman' to deploy on select train routes this month

'Ultraman' to deploy on select train routes this month

muscling in: A new train nicknamed 'Ultraman' due to its red and grey colouring, which resembles the Japanese manga character, comes into operation this month.
muscling in: A new train nicknamed 'Ultraman' due to its red and grey colouring, which resembles the Japanese manga character, comes into operation this month.

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will deploy the "Ultraman", its newest diesel-electric train, on select routes this month, according to its governor Niruj Maneepun.

The new trains became known locally as the Ultraman because of its distinctive red-grey locomotive, which rail watchers said resembles the famous manga character.

The trains -- manufactured by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Company -- were imported by SFR Consortium, who won a contract worth 6.52 billion baht to procure 50 new trains back in August 2020.

Twenty sets arrived in February, another 15 are due to arrive at the end of October, and the rest will arrive in February next year.

The trains have a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour, much higher than the SRT's older rolling stock.

"The higher operating speeds, coupled with the ongoing dual-track upgrades nationwide, will help improve our overall service capacity," he said.

The engines can be run on biodiesel or gasohol E20 -- which is 20% ethanol and 80% unleaded gasoline 95 which emit less hazardous fumes, and the locomotives produce 24% less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon particles, and 25% less PM2.5 pollutants, according to the SRT.

"In addition, the trains are equipped with an electronic air brake system manufactured in Germany. CCTV cameras are also installed for safety," Mr Niruj said, adding the SRT has finished doing test runs.

"The Ultraman is a little bit taller than our older trains, so we need to run tests to ensure the train can safely pass narrow passages and tunnels," he said.

According to the SRT, the trains will be deployed between Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Trang and Bangkok-Chiang Mai.

"Our audit committee will run final checks of the trains before they are deployed. In addition to promoting tourism, we hope to use the Ultraman trains to meet our logistics demand," he said.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (20)

Race against time

Searchers are still pulling survivors from the rubble of the earthquake that killed over 11,200 in Turkey and Syria, but window for rescues is narrowing and severe weather reduces people's chances of survival.

19:45

Nestle to buy renewable energy from Egat

Nestle (Thai), a consumer goods manufacturer and marketer, plans to focus more on clean energy for its operations, working with the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) as its trade and energy partner.

19:32

Qatar investors 'plan bid for Man U'

LONDON: Qatari investors are planning to make a huge bid to buy the Premier League club Manchester United, the Daily Mail newspaper has reported, citing unnamed sources.

18:42