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  SRT Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Locomotives

 

Thailand

After WW II, the State Railway of Thailand imported 30 Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Engines, No. 821 to No. 850, as well as 70 Mikado 2-8-2 Steam Engines, No. 901 to No. 970, from Japan, which were put in service in between 1949 and 1951, and of which No. 953 is still serviceable, whilst the others were decommissioned yet No. 943 (fig.) is kept on display at the Railway Park, in the back of Chatuchak Park (fig.).

 

Two of these so-called 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotives, i.e. Engine No. 824 (fig.) and Engine No. 850 (fig.), are still operative today and are used on special occasions, such as here, in tandem, on 5 December 2017 during Wan Chaleum Phra Chonma Phansa, i.e. the birthday of the late King Bhumipon Adunyadet, for a nostalgic ride between Bangkok and Chachengsao.

 

  SRT Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Locomotives

 

  SRT Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Locomotives

 

As such, the front engine has been adorned with the national flag of Thailand on one side and the personal flag of the King (fig.) on the other side. Here, the train is seen passing through and briefly halting at Hua Mahk train station.

 

Originally, these engines ran on coal, but they have been modified and converted to run on diesel.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS, as well as TRAVEL PICTURES, and WATCH VIDEO (1) and (2).

 

  SRT Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Locomotives