However, travelers eager to experience the romance of train travel of yesteryear still have five more chances to reserve a seat.
“If you haven’t secured your tickets for March 26, there will be five more occasions when you can book a journey on a WWII-era steam locomotive. Be sure to make your reservation early next time,” SRT Public Relations Center Director Ekarat Sriarayanphong said.
SRT runs the following six steam train services each year to mark special occasions.
– March 26: SRT Foundation Day, Bangkok-Ayutthaya Road
– June 3: Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Suthida, Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom
– July 28: Birthday of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Bangkok-Ayutthaya
– August 12: Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and National Mother’s Day, Bangkok-Chachoengsao
– October 23: King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, Bangkok-Ayutthaya
– December 5: Birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and National Father’s Day, Bangkok-Chachoengsao
Ekarat said this Saturday’s historic journey will celebrate SRT’s 125th anniversary since its founding by royal decree of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1897. The steam train will leave Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok at 8:10 a.m. and arrive at the Ayutthaya station around 10:25. . Passengers will have six hours to visit attractions in Ayutthaya province, before the train departs for Bangkok at 4:40 p.m. and arrives in Hua Lamphong at 6:55 p.m. The train will also stop at Samsen, Bang Sue, Laksi, Donmueang and Rangsit to pick up/drop off passengers.
“To prevent the spread of Covid-19, all passengers must be vaccinated with at least two doses and provide a negative ATK test performed within 72 hours of departure,” Ekarat said.