'We will come back and be the pride of Thailand.'' This message posted on the railway agency's website looks increasingly unconvincing as the days and months drag on.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has plunged to probably its lowest point in its 117-year history. Fifteen accidents in nine months on the northern line are bad enough and clearly underscore its decline. It certainly could not get any worse than the accident last Friday when the train from Butterworth derailed shortly after leaving Bang Sue station on its way to Hua Lamphong.
It occurred right in Bangkok, just two stations away from where all the SRT bigwigs were working, making it the SRT's 114th derailment this year.
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