A few remarks on the rail situation
Thereís a little uproar lately in the railway ranks and no wonder at least for them familiar with this Forum. It said before in many ways, the State Railway of Thailand is an obsolete enterprise waiting like a Titanic for her tropical iceberg. Time is ticking, hundred years ago a handful German engineers showed how to construct and operate a railway and by that time to the standard and standard, normal gauge.
Due to wavering and reluctant politicians almost nothing happened since. Well; first of all in 1917 to declare war on Germany, a deed of playing a role on the world stage and the abrupt end for the German railway workers. The British took over but they build on meter gauge and thus the investment done by the Germans went down the drain. Apart from that it took ten years to complete the task.
And now one can hear that standard gauge brings a better service. Itís not wavering or reluctance, itís dreaming as well. Unless one is prepared to bear the price tag that comes with it. For all things it should minimize a lot of other projects or even put in the fridge and more than for a while. On paper it all seems to be so swell, fast trains to the outer destinations of this country.
New locomotives, new stock, yes, needed in despair.
But as I said in an earlier story: the SRT is a heritage railway and therefore in need of an historian whoís able to achieve the two objects in servicing. First preserve whatís there in a maximum condition and second provide transport in the wake of a limited capacity.
Two choices to waver between for the government, as long as the word state is in front of the railway, itís them who must decide and provide the means. Against the will of many workers - of course now they have a fine pension - still making the whole a private enterprise is an option but is there any right-thinking business man to find whoís willing to take over an almost bankrupt legacy even if he could provide the financial liquidity and make the worse into a better. Continuing a heritage is far beyond his scope.
What happens right now is a painful awareness that neglecting the railways for so long comes to a bitter end.
Derailing trains, locomotives without any motion in the middle of nowhere and helpless passengers waiting for the next one in line. No, it's not the fault of the workers, most of them are dedicated, with all improvisation they try to keep the business rolling. Itís the men behind in their comfortable positions far from the shop floor. Be brave, be wise, for once make a decision but no longer promises on paper itís far to easy for the given situation and believe me in the past odd twenty four years I saw a lot of promises that never been implemented.
Only fools are satisfied with a lemon sold as a sweet delicacy.
Last edited by von Hirschhorn; 14-07-09 at 04:36 PM.
a tropical delight