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Dining carriages to return to Thai trains

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The State Railway of Thailand is resuming dining car services on a number of routes from January. It follows a closure of nearly 3 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a TTR Weekly report, the service will be run by the Advance Marketing Service company, with an outsourcing agreement signed earlier this month.

This means that from January, train travellers can once again enjoy eating in the dining car on board 8 trains on main services from Bangkok.

These include the Special Express Train No. 9/10 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok, the Special Express Train No. 31/32 Bangkok-Hatyai Junction-Bangkok, the Isan Special Express Train No. 23/24 Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok, and the Isan Special Express Train No. 25/26 Bangkok-Nong Khai-Bangkok.

It’s understood the SRT hopes to further expand the service by next April, with outsourcing agreements expected to run for 3 years. From April, the SRT plans to provide additional food offerings on a number of other routes and up to 10 trains.

According to the TTR Weekly report, these will include the Special Express No. 13/14 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok, the Express No. 51/52 Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok, the Special Express No. 37/38 Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok, the Express No. 83/84 Bangkok-Trang-Bangkok, and the Express No. 85/86 Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat-Bangkok.

Food and beverage services were suspended on all Thai trains in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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