Approximately 2 weeks ago I went to photograph the massive track lake on the Mahachai line in the Bang Bon area of Bangkok. This track lake exists from May to November each year due to heavy rainfall during the rainy season. However its existence is more to do with poor track maintenance by SRT as other sections of the line get small track lakes from time to time.
The Mahachai line is the 2nd busiest of the commuter lines around Bangkok and is an important time saver especially at peak times where it can save you up to 60 minutes off a trip from Mahachai to inner Thonburi.
In other parts of the world such a track lake would stop train services from operating and would be repaired quickly but in Thailand they just keep the system running regardless of the track lake. It is one of many signs that the Mahachai line needs a massive upgrade just to keep up with peak hour demands. Which today it cannot handle properly with most trains packed in like sardines from Bang Bon to Wong Wien Yai in the mornings and afternoons.
Now onto the pictures of the track lake. All of these pictures where taken from near a level crossing on the Wong Wien Yai side of Bang Bon Station.
1. This is a shot of the Bang Bon track lake. Taken looking east along the line. The size of the track lake varies with the amount of rain. If it had been raining for days the lake can be up to 500 meters long.
2. This is a close up shot of the track lake. At this time it was around 100 metes long. Note the quality of the track before and after the track lake.
3. This is a shot of DMU number 1207 taken as it was approaching the track lake. Train type: NKF built in Japan in 1985. Note the failed carriage doors on the rear carriage.
4. This is a shot of DMU 1207 just after it had passed through the track lake at Bang Bon. Note how the water is now greatly disturbed.
5. This is a movie of DMU 1207 passing through the track lake on a service to Wong Wien Yai. Note how much vertical movement there is as the train passes through the track lake. Trains normally slow down to around 10kph when passing through the lake. Although some lazy drivers have been known to go through much faster resulting in water spray going everywhere.
6. This is another wider angle of DMU 1207 after it had passed through the track lake. This track lake appears to be a low point in the Bang Bon area as a lot of water flows to this area from the south.
7. This is another close up shot of the track lake. Note how the rails just disappear into the water. These rails are immersed in water 24 hours a day for about 6 months of the year. I'm sure this is helping to weakening the rails through constant corrosion.
8.This is a shot of the concrete road way next to the track in this area. Just like the railway this road often is underwater. But it does help to show the northward flow of water from the track lake across the road. If the entire road is under water then the track lake cannot drain and the lake gets larger normally all the way back to the level crossing.
9. This is a general view shot of the area near the track lake. Note the modern 4 story apartment building facing the railway. This shot is taken looking east from near the level crossing.
10. In addition to the track lake the Mahachai line has number of broken rails often near level crossings such as this one near Bang Bon station. This crossing is typical of level crossings on the Mahachai line.
This section of the post is to ask for some feedback about ideas for future trips around Thailand.
The next trip I will do for photographing will be when the new Airport link railway opens in 2010. However between now and then I need some ideas of what types of things people really want to see transport wise from around Thailand.
So I ask you all to provide some feedback on these questions so as to help me make better posts for future topics on transport in Thailand.
1. What type of vehicles do you want to see more of on the website?
2. Is the location of the images important or just the vehicles? E.g. is it worth going to remote rural areas to take pictures of trains just for the nice background scenery.
3. Do any previously visited areas need to be revisited in the future either to take better pictures or to see what's changed? Is this a good idea at this time?
4. Any other tips or ideas will be very much appreciated at this time to help me make the site better.
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Monday, November 09, 2009
Thai Mass Transport Topics List
- Welcome to the Thai Mass Transport Systems Blog
- The Buses of Rama 2 road
- The Buses of Wong Wian Yai
- SRT Mahachai Train runs with the doors wide open.
- A Trip from Wong Wian Yai to Bang Bon on the SRT Mahachai line.
- A Ride on Route 147 (Kanchana Phisek rd)
- A Ride on Route 146 (Kanchana Phisek rd)
- The New Southern Bus Terminal + Intercity buses.
- The Mass Transport Vehicles of Mahachai City.
- SRT: The Maeklong line and Maeklong railway market
- The Maeklong Bus Terminal
- The Modern Rail Based Mass Transit of Thailand
- The Modern Bus Based Mass Transport of Bangkok.
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Chao Phraya Express)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Dao Khanong Klong Boat)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Klong Saen Saep Boat service)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Phra Khanong Klong Boat Service)
- SRT: The Mahachai line a trip from Bang Bon to Mahachai.
- SRT: The Mahachai Rail Yard.
- SRT: The Eastern Line and the construction of the Airport Rail Link.
- SRT: The Main System (Hualamphong Station and rail yard).
- SRT: A trip on the Ayutthaya Commuter Line (Main North line).
- The Buses of Suvarnabhumi Airport and Suvarnabhumi Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Prachuap Khiri Khan railway station and night shots.
- The Mass Transport of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
- A Summary Bus Guide to Bangkok’s Mass transport bus system.
- SRT: Thonburi Rail Yard + Thai Steam Engine Fleet.
- The Buses of Nakhon Pathom and Bus Route 402.
- SRT: The Thonburi to Nakhon Pathom Commuter Line.
- The Mega Mochit 2 Bus Terminal.
- Mochit 2: The Metro Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Bang Sue Junction and Station.
- The Main South line: Bang Sue to Taling Chan link.
- The Mass Transport of Samut Chedi and The Temple in the Sea.
- The Mass Transport of Kheha Thonburi + Vans of Rama 2.
- The Buses and Trucks of Paknam City
- The Mass Transport of Phra Pradaeng.
- Free BMTA Bus and SRT rail travel.
- SRT: The Queensland railways SX commuter carriages.
- A little extra BTS and SRT.
- The Bangkok BRT (Bus Rapid Transit System) and Buses of Thaphra.
- SRT Cargo Trains and Chachoengsao Junction (Eastern Line).
- SRT: Kaeng Khoi Junction night shots and movies.
- SRT: Hin Lap Station and Curve + Dong Phraya Yen Pass.
- Alternative Travel arrangements for Bangkok Airport Passengers.
- The Mega Victory Monument Metro Bus Terminal.
- The Eastern Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Cab Ride Mahachai Line: Bang Bon – Wong Wian Yai.
- The Buses of Rangsit.
- The Rangsit Metro Bus Terminal and Bus Depot.
- The Buses of Pathum Thani.
- SRT Northern Line: Paknam Pho Station and Yard.
- SRT: Kaeng Khoi Junction in the Daylight.
- SRT: Bua Yai Line and Chong Samran.
- The Buses of Saphan Taksin.
- The Buses of Sanam Luang and Tha Chang.
- The Buses of Nonthaburi.
- Chao Phraya Express Boats – The New Pak Kret Service.
- The Southern Line: Hat Yai Junction Station and Yard.
- The new BTS Extension to Wong Wian Yai.
- The Tha Din Daeng cross river ferry + Route 20 terminus.
- The Buses of Chinatown.
- The Eastern Line: Kabinburi and Prachantakam.
- SRT: Khok Salung and Pasak Chonlasit Dam.
- SRT: Southern line the second attempt.
- The state of the Mahachai Line and Bang Bon "Track Lake".
- The Mass Transit of Vientiane Laos.
- Udon Thani's Mass Transit System.
- Thai VIP Intercity Buses + Thai - Lao International Buses.
- The Mass Transit of Mukdahan.
- SRT: Hualamphong Station by Night + Overnight Trains.
- SRT Northern Line: Thailand's Highest and Longest – Khun Tan.
- The Bangkok Airport Rail Link: The fastest train in Thailand.
- SRT: Maeklong Line – Ban Bo Station.
- Bangkok BRT System: Chong Nonsi BTS (Sathorn) to Ratchapruek.
- SRT: Mahachai Line + Buses of Wong Wian Yai during morning peak.
- The new BTS extension from On Nut to Bearing.
- SRT Northern line: Steam Locomotives at Bang Pa In.