The Songkhla to Hat Yai Rail Line

On July 1, 1978, the rail link between Songkhla and Hat Yai was abandoned. Today, the tracks are completely overgrown and the bridges rusted out. Just before the line reaches the outskirts of Hat Yai, it is obliterated by new development and disappears entirely. However, the route is still printed on most maps. Photos below of the tracks are from June 2002 and July 2003.

Also: The Songkhla train station
Also: Walking the Songkhla line (from the station to the edge of town)

More links: Phil Abbey has a webpage about riding trains in the south in the early 1970's which includes the Songkhla Bullet to Songkhla, the Smuggler's Express to the border, and going from Nakorn Sri Thammarat to Hat Yai


Right: A sole remaining rusted sign along the tracks--the Thai character wahwan


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

A trestle along the route


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

The largest remaining bridge


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

The tracks vanish into current development.


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

A remaining rusted sign (detail above)


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

A house along the tracks


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

Much of the remaining tracks look like this.
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