Fate of the ex-Maeklong Railroad Stock

Fate of the ex-Maeklong railroad stock - May 27, 2004
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Robert M. Boer of Rail Asia tells the story of the fate of the ex-Maeklong railroad stock. [Ed.: It is interesting to see these in private hands. The government has seized historic trains from private collectors in the past--even when they have been legally purchased.]


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)

As I wrote in the story about the two Henschel diesel engines, there also stood an old steam locomotive (left, No. 11 4-6-2 Henschel 22403-1952, taken 29.03.1986) in the Ban Laem yard that was in a very dilapidated situation.
Two engines were delivered in 1952. They were the last steam engines ever made for Thailand and the Meaklong Railway Compagnie (MRC).

A year later I was lucky enough to be on the spot when they were shifting the steam engine and both diesel engines to an unknown destination (right, No 11 without the tender, taken 25.04.1987).


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)

Diesel railcar No D7 shifting the steamer with the Henschel diesels (D1, D2) in the background (above, taken 25.04.1987).


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)
After shifting the trains waiting for further transport (left, taken 25.04.1987).


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)

Years later the rusty machine with a bunch of old goods wagons (rusty as well) were parked near Road 323 from Kanchanaburi, not far from the Hellfire Pass memorial site, in front of the entrance of the "Home Phu Thoey" resort (above, taken 02.03.1993).


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)

The owner of this site was once befriended by Sir Edward Dunlop (Weary), a medical hero during the construction of the Burma Railway.
He build a special memorial in honor of the man and thus the locomotive was moved from the roadside to a new home--Weary Dunlop Park--where it still stands today
(above, taken 29.03.2001).

The other machine (No. 12 4-6-2 Henschel 22404–1952) was moved to Pattaya and served as part of train coach that was transformed into a hotel. This was in 1991 and I have not been to Pattaya again, so who knows where the rolling stock of the Maeklong Railway eventually will end up (right, 04.05.1991).


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)


(Photo: Robert M. Boer)

Fate of the Meaklong Railway locomotives - May 11, 2004

Robert M. Boer of Rail Asia writes: First of all I like the website 2Bangkok, especially the subjects about trams, trains and other modes of public transport. As an author and photographer on these subjects I built a substantial archive during the last 20 years, each year I stayed about three months in Thailand.
I came across an article earlier this year about the two Henschel locomotives of the Meaklong Railway.
More technical details I cannot provide beside these two pictures on the Ban Laem yard shoot on the 29th of April in 1986.

(Photo: Robert M. Boer)
By that time also one of the last delivered steam engines (also Henschel 22403 -1952 Nr.11) was still in the yard but in a very dilapidated situation. However, a year later on April 25th 1987, the machine was shifted for transport and as far I can remember, also both diesel engines Nr.D1 and D2.
Beyond that date I never saw them again except for the steam engine... It was put on the roadside (323) near the entrance to the Home Phu Thoey resort in Sai Yok between Sai Yok Noi waterfall and the Hell Fire pass.
Later it moved to where the owner built a special museum in remembrance of Warry Dunlop, a survivor of the hell called the Burma railroad enterprise.

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