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Steam Engines in Thailand

Thailand still has many operating steam engines in railway yards, mills and factories.

The State Railway of Thailand holds an Annual Live Steam Event and tickets to ride on a working live steam train are available for purchase.

The Death Railwaty at Kanchanaburi, famous for the Film "Bridge Over the River Kwai" also has a steamlocomotive running on most public holidays.

 

Ruston Proctor Portable Twin Cylinder Steam Engine circa 1905

Ruston, Proctor & Co Ltd, Engineers, Lincoln

I found this engine in Talard Park in Nakorn Sri Tammarat in Thailand. It is unrestored with a few patches to hold it together. The company name gives an indication of the date of manufacture, Ruston Proctor was given Limited liability in 1899 and the company changed partner names in 1918 so this engine was produced sometime between these dates.

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This Twin Cylinder Portable Steam Engine was used in Nakorn Sri Thammarat, probably in the rice milling industry and was recently brought to the City Museum and placed in the "Old Machine Park" outside the front of the museum. I will add more details as I find them, if anybody can identify this engine please contact me.

The engine is located in Talard Park in Nakorn Sri Thammarat at GPS Coordinates 8.452848 N, 99.951583 E
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Steam Road Roller - Albaret 1953

Bang Na, Bangkok

 

Manufactured by Societe Anonyme of Anciens Etablissements Albaret - Rantigny, Oise, France

Engine Number 1985 dated 1953

The engine is located at the Bangna Trad - Srinakarin Junction in Bangkok. GPS Coordinates 13.665008 N, 100.645085 E

This engine is in a fairly good original condition and would take little work to be returned to full working condition

It belongs to the Highways Department of the Government and access is through the Highways Department Office on Srinakarin Road

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This steam engine has now been moved to the opposite side of the junction - unfortunately due to the publication of the location of this engine

it has been pilfered of any parts that can be carried, stripped down ans shipped out. The engine is now in a secure area with 24hour cctv and guards.

 

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Updated Photographs October 2008

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Click on the thumbnails for larger better quality photographs of the Steam Engines - contact me for free high quality copies of the pics

 

Steam Road Roller - Albaret 1953

Manufactured by Societe Anonyme of Anciens Etablissements Albaret - Rantigny, Oise, France

Engine Number 1954 dated 1953?

The engine is located at the Science Museum at Ekamai on Sukhumvit Road. GPS Coordinates 13.719565 N, 100.582447 E

This engine is in good original condition - better than the engine at Bang Na and would take little work to be returned to full working condition

It was donated to the Science Museum by the Highways Department of the Government - To see this engine visit the Ekamai Science Museum in Bangkok

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Albaret Roller in Queensland, Australia - ex Thailand

Photographs courtesy of W. Knapp, Queensland, Australia

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Steam Trains - Ekamai Science Museum

Lokomotivenfabrik Krauss & Comp., München 0-4-2 and others

The engines are located at the Science Museum at Ekamai on Sukhumvit Road. GPS Coordinates 13.719565 N, 100.582447 E

It is a Krauss Locomotive Engine Number 5012 made in 1903

More on Krauss and his engines at www.dampflokomotiven.net

More on Steam trains in Bangkok and the search for the Paknam Steam engines from Richard Barrows at the Bangkok Guidebook and Thai-Blogs

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Steam Trains - Tonburi Railway Yard

The engines are located at the Tonburi Locomotive Yard at GPS Coordinates 13.761079 N, 100.480497 E - A good place to visit for the live steam enthusiast

 

Steam Trains - Makasan Railway Yard

The engines are located at the Makasan SRT Yard in Bangkok - GPS Coordinates 13.754134 N, 100.545892 E

 

 

Steam Train - Chatuchak SRT Yard

The engine is located at the Chatuchak (Kampang Phet) SRT Rail Yard - GPS Coordinates 13.719565 N, 100.582447 E

 

General Comments

For the Steam train Enthusiast, Thailand is a dream come true - many rice mills still use steam power and more interestingly, rice mills that converted to fossil fuel power are now "updating" to steam power.