The annual steam train trip on 26th March 2013 will be taking place as normal. Steam enthusiasts from all around the country will be gathering on Tuesday at Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok. Tickets for the roundtrip to Ayutthaya are only 140 Baht. Even if there aren’t any tickets left, it’s worth going to the station just to watch the steam train in action. It’s great going on one of these train trips, but I think even better to either watch as it leaves or arrives at a station. When you sit in one of the carriages you don’t see so much.
The train is due to leave Hua Lamphong station at 8 a.m. There is no reason why you cannot go there early in the morning at say 7:30 a.m. to take pictures first. Alternatively, you can wait at one of the other stations in Bangkok. For example Samsen Station (8:17 a.m. – 8:19 a.m.), Bang Sue Station (8:29 a.m. – 8:31 a.m.), Bang Khen Station (8:43 a.m. – 8:44 a.m.), Laksi Station (8:54 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.), Don Mueang Station (9:05 a.m. – 9:06 a.m.) and Ayutthaya (10:30 a.m.). The train will do the return trip at 5 p.m. and expected to arrive at Hua Lamphong at 7 p.m. All times are of course subject to change. I took the top picture at Hua Lamphong and the above picture at Bang Sue.