Mishaps & Glitches: falling for rail?
I remember seeing that before the skytrain first opened corrosion from reinforcements was appearing on the pillars. Workers were going from pillar to pillar grinding and perhaps treating the pillars so that they at least appeared to be okay. I don't get to Bangkok very much, but last time noticed with alarm that several portions of the concrete edging were missing, presumedly having fallen off.
The main concern isn't that the structure will collapse, but that the usable lifetime of the lines will be very limited. It is such a drawn out and diffult process to build such a system in Bangkok and it would be a shame if the effort was wasted on a short-lived system.
I'm not an engineer, and would like to hear from anybody who can comment on the quality of the construction, and concrete, the future maintenance issues, etc. Is this in fact an issue? Has it been raised in the press?
In the end, the question you have to ask yourself is: are you talking to me, or are you chewing a brick?