by Richard Barrow

Steam enthusiasts have at least six opportunities a year to ride a steam train in Thailand. Each trip has a different destination. For example, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom and Chachoengsao.

  • 26th March (anniversary of the opening of the first public railway)
  • 3rd June (Queen Suthida’s birthday)
  • 28th July (King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday)
  • 12th August (Queen Sirikit, The Queen Mother’s birthday)
  • 23rd October (anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn)
  • 5th December (anniversary of the birth of King Bhumibol).

Sometimes there are additional trips. I will post on my social media accounts: Twitter and Facebook as and when I hear any information about steam train trips in Thailand.

Tickets are limited and so it is advisable to book as soon as they go on sale. The cost of the round trip by steam train is usually 250 Baht. Alternatively, you can usually book a tour package for 1,250 Baht per person. You can reserve tickets on the hotline 1690. But you would need to go to a train station to pay and pick up the tickets within 24 hours. You can do this at either Bangkok railway station (Hua Lamphong) or any station in Thailand. You can buy train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

The train is due to leave Hua Lamphong station shortly after the national anthem at 8:10 a.m. There is no reason why you cannot go there early in the morning at say 7:30 a.m. to take pictures first. You don’t need a ticket. Alternatively, you can wait at one of the other stations in Bangkok. For example Samsen Station or Bang Sue Station. The following video clip is of the steam locomotive leaving Hua Lamphong station. It should return here in the evening at about 6:25 p.m.

The steam trains are usually kept at the workshops near Thonburi station when not being used. I have been there before to take pictures though officially it’s not open to the public. Volunteers go there the day before the trips to do a final clean.