Posts Tagged ‘Skytrain’

New Bangkok Skytrains Coming in 2010

December 17, 2009

Skytrain Entering Nana StationThis article in the Bangkok Post (Thailand’s major English-language newspaper) has two interesting snippets of information:

  1. 1. “BTS has ordered 48 new Chinese-made trains worth US$70 million. The new carriages will enter service in June.” That’s ambiguous. I think it means 16 new trains of three carriages each. The words aren’t synonymous. There are currently 35 three carriage trains in service – 105 carriages. They’re the original stock manufactured by Siemens. They have been in service for ten years but look well-maintained.
  2. “BTS and Bangkok Metro Plc, which operates the subway in the capital, also expect their single ticketing system will be ready to serve Bangkok commuters early next year. The electronic cards will be available at convenience stores and hypermarkets in the future.” I wonder if that has any connection with the Subway withdrawing the 30-Day Pass. Perhaps it is incompatible with their new system. Whatever … it is still a pain and very badly handled by the Subway management team.

Two Students Waiting for the Subway
More trains will mean more advertising opportunities for the system. From the same article:

BTS chief operating officer Surapong Laoha-Unya said that of the total 2010 revenue, 3.7 billion baht would come from ticket fares and the remaining 100 million baht from advertisements.

The subway is all underground and al the stations have platform doors. So they don’t have the same external advertising opportunities that benefits the Skytrain system. The trains are a symbol of modern Bangkok.

Pleasing Dutch Mill Ad at Sala Daeng Skytrain Station

November 10, 2009

Dutch Mill Ad at Sala Daeng Skytrain Station
I must have walked by this Skytrain support column a thousand times since I have been in Bangkok. But on Sunday I stopped to take a photo.

The Dutch Mill dairy products ad works very well to my eyes. It’s quite new – the previous renter of the space was something to do with Manchester United and it didn’t work as well – even though red normally photographs very well.

Bangkok Skytrain 10th Anniversary

October 17, 2009


It’s surprising to remember that the Bangkok Skytrain has only been open since December 5, 1999. The trains are starting to carry 10th Anniversary stickers like this.

(December 5 is the King’s Birthday so Thailand often arranges important things for that day. On December 5 this year they will open the Airport Express.)

The Skytrain has had a huge impact on traveling in Bangkok, especially for tourists. Before the Skytrain we were at the mercy of unscrupulous taxi drivers. I remember how hard it was to go where I wanted as the taxi drivers always wanted to take me to a jewellery shop where they’d get a commission.

I don’t know it has improved traffic a lot but it’s made travel a lot less frustrating.

I hope they will continue to develop and expand the system. The next development should be the extension of the Sukhumvit line beyond On Nut.

Punnawithi Skytrain Station

September 21, 2009

Punnawithi Skytrain Station

I took a walk down Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok on Sunday afternoon. It was not very interesting, being fairly quiet on a weekend. I thought I would try a new area as i have been traveling west to the older parts of Bangkok so much. Now I know why: the newer western areas don’t have so many interesting sights.

Indeed the highlight was looking at two of the new Skytrain Stations on the Sukhumvit Line extension beyond On Nut. I posted a picture above and more to Picasa Web here along with other pictures from the trip: mostly vehicles.

The stations Bang Chak and Punnawithi are structurally complete but need fitting out with ticket machines and so on. It’s interesting to think just how much stuff goes into a station. In Thailand most of it is imported and is the subject of negotiations, contracts and so on.

The stations appear identical to the others on the Sukhumvit Line. I could not get up to the platform level so I don’t know if they will be covered like the new stations on the Silom Line.

So if that was the highlight – peering at an unfinished station – then you can imagine how interesting the rest of the walk was.

Maybe it’s me – it was hot and I tired early. A good photographer should be able to find compelling subjects anywhere. Right?

Messed Up Panorama – But Good?

August 16, 2009


Sometimes the “Merge to Panorama” function in Photoshop CS4 cannot make a good panorama of a Skytrain. Usually the result is a mess, but in this case I thought it was attractive once I added a black background. I decided to keep it, with apologies to F&N.

Chong Nonsi Skytrain B&W on Flickr

August 1, 2009

Chong Nonsi Skytrain B&W

I was impressed with Leo Laksi’s pictures of the Skytrain in b&w here. He used a Leica M8 with B&W film.

I don’t have a film camera any more but I thought I’d try my hand at B&W conversion in Photoshop.

When I first learned Photoshop we used the Channel Mixer for fine control of the conversion. Since CS3 Photoshop has had a special tool for the process. This is what used for these pictures. Most looked best with the “maximum black” setting but the Euro smiley face looked best with the infra-red preset.

Skytrain Advertisers

July 26, 2009


Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

You can tell it’s a slow day …

Here’s a list of the current advertisers on the Bangkok BTS Skytrain. I am experimenting by attaching it as a Adobe PDF file.

I think I have photos of all of the current liveries, most changes going back to 2006 and panoramas like this of many advertising designs.

If anyone is interested I will keep the document up to date on this blog. Let me know.

Bangkok BTS Skytrain Advertisers 2009-07-26