Another Thai Railway Accident

Bangkok Post

This is worrying: a train derailed to Bang Sue Junction yesterday. The SRT says it was because the station staff switched the points before the train had passed over them. They were in a hurry. That’s surprising: normally the Thai railway network operates slowly and trains have to wait for a long time for tracks to clear. Why the rush on a Sunday morning?

Bang Sue Derailment

Bang Sue Derailment

Bang Sue Junction is quite close to my home. I have taken many photos there.

Bang Sue Junction

As with the accident in October it seems that the State Railway of Thailand lacks modern safety systems like accurate train location and signal passed at danger (SPAD) detection. The technology will never make the human factor irrelevant but it can help.

Railway travel is still far safer than traveling by road but these accidents make me wonder. Note the Bangkok Post article does not say anything about casualties.


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