The Songkhla Train Station

Also: The Songkhla to Hat Rai Rail line (from the edge of town to Hat Yai)
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



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The station canteen still operates.


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The Songkhla Station is hidden in the chaotic and dirty Songkhla market in the center of town. The station is just beyond the large an empty former movie theater in the center of the photo. Considering the immense amount of civic development Songkhla has undergone in recent years (road and curb expansion, beachfront area development, new hotels, cable cars to the hills), the station and surrounding area might be a prime area for a sprucing up.


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The station with a detergent advertisement hanging on the front.


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Close up of the station entrance. The banner advertises a detergent.


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The station is quite dilapidated.


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The north side of the station has a waiting area.


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The south side of the station is boarded up and locked.


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Ticket booth in the center hall.


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Looking through the center hall to the former station platform.


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The south side of the station platform.


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The north side of the station platform. Even here there is graffiti from St. John's school in Bangkok.


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Looking back at the station platform with railway tracks in the foreground.


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The north end of the station on the platform side.


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Just north of the station, the tracks end and the cement station sign stands.


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The tracks end in a pile of trash.


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The original railroad location sign still stands just beyond the north end of the station.


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Back in the station, the canteen still operates in the waiting area.


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A local taking an afternoon nap in the waiting hall.


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High in the waiting hall hang two moldering railway safety posters.


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The waiting area is known as a gathering place for Thai chess aficionados.


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The waiting area from the west side of the station.


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Design details
Above: Eaves ornamentation
Left: Wall in the main hall


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The station is heavily graffitied.


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