By The Nation
The route, which runs from Aranyaprathet railway station to the Ban Klong Luek border checkpoint, also known as Rong Klua Market, commenced service at 6:58 am.
The SRT said the extension of the route follows a signing of a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia to link the railways of the two countries. Ban Klong Luek railway station was opened on April 22 and the SRT gave four diesel trains to Cambodia to run from the Cambidian side to the station to allow passengers to travel to Thailand.
With the extended route, two trains leave the Ban Klong Luek station to Bangkok and two trains from Bangkok arrives at the Ban Klong Luek station each day.
On the first day, about ten Thais bought tickets to Bangkok from the Ban Klong Luek station.
The SRT announced that that first train from Bangkok leaves at 5.55am and reaches Ban Klong Luek at 11.17am. The second one leaves the capital at 1.05pm and reaches Ban Klong Luek at 5.27pm. The first train from Ban Klong Luek leaves at 6:58 am and reaches Bangkok at 12.05pm while the second train leaves the border station at 1.53pm and reach the capital at 7:40 pm.
Passenger Kamolwan Ketsawatdiwong 72, said he was happy to use the extended train service, which is much more convenient than riding a passenger van or a bus.