Thon Buri railway station

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Thon Buri railway station
สถานีรถไฟธนบุรี
Thonburi Railway station.jpg
Locomotive Depot
Location Rotfai Road, Siriraj Subdistrict, Bangkok Noi District, Bangkok
Owned by State Railway of Thailand
Line(s) Southern Line
Platforms 2
Tracks 5
Other information
Station code ธบ.
History
Opened 1999
Services
Preceding station  State Railway of Thailand  Following station
Terminus  Southern Line Thon Buri Line  Charansanitwong Halt

Thon Buri railway station (Thai : สถานีรถไฟธนบุรี) or Bangkok Noi railway station (สถานีรถไฟบางกอกน้อย) in the past, is a railway station in Siriraj Sub-district, Bangkok Noi District, Bangkok. It is a class 1 railway station and is the current terminus of the Thon Buri Branch Line. Near the station is a railway depot which keeps five functional steam locomotives operable for four special occasions. Thon Buri station is the only station in Bangkok that has railway semaphore signals (although unused) still present on the station grounds.

Thai language language spoken in Thailand

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Bangkok Noi District Khet in Bangkok, Thailand

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Railway semaphore signal

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History

Originally, the station's location was at Bangkok Noi railway station. It opened in 1903 as a terminus for all Southern Line services. The station was the site of the 0 km mark for the Southern Line. During World War II it was bombed by the Allies as it was a Japanese logistical centre. After the war, the station was rebuilt and was named Thon Buri, opening in 1950. Over the years, Thon Buri Station's role as a major terminal faded as most train services moved to terminate at Bangkok railway station, leaving only ordinary and commuter trains to end here.

Bangkok Noi railway station former railway station in Bangkok, Thailand

The old Thonburi railway station, originally known as Bangkok Noi railway station, is a former railway station in Bangkok, Thailand. It was the terminus of the Southern Line of Thailand's national rail network from 1903 to 1999.

Southern Line (Thailand) railway line in Thailand

Southern Line is a railway line in Thailand, built and owned by State Railway of Thailand (SRT), located in some provinces in Central, Western, and Southern region of Thailand. Its length is 1,144.29 kilometres, making it the longest railway line in Thailand.

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In 1999, Chuan Leekpai started a project to renovate the Thon Buri Station area, so a temporary railway station (class 4) was built at the present-day location, about 800 metres from the original location. This station was to be called Bangkok Noi Station. The original Thon Buri Station still opened for ticketing, but passengers boarded at the temporary station. Later events were to end this arrangement.

Chuan Leekpai Thai politician

Chuan Leekpai is a Thai politician who was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 20 September 1992 to 19 May 1995 and again from 9 November 1997 to 9 February 2001. He is a third-generation Thai Chinese of Hokkien descent. His father's name was Niyom Leekpai and his mother's name was Tuan Leekpai. Chuan Leekpai has nine siblings and is the third child in the family. At a young age, Chuan moved to the temple school at Wat Amarintraram in Bangkok where he lived for six years. He went on to study law at Thammasat University, Bangkok. After he was graduated, he worked as a lawyer and then as a politician. He has one son, Surabot Leekpai, with Pakdiporn Sujaritkul.

During Thaksin Shinawatra's government, trains continued services to the original Thon Buri Station. Then the land around the original Thon Buri railway station was granted to Siriraj Hospital's Medical Faculty. As a result, on 4 October 2003, services to the original Thon Buri Station stopped completely. The station building was given to Mahidol University, and all services were changed to terminate at Bangkok Noi Station. On 1 January 2004, Bangkok Noi railway station was renamed Thon Buri, and the station's class 4 status was upgraded to class 1.

Thaksin Shinawatra Thai politician

Thaksin Shinawatra is a Thai businessman, politician and visiting professor. He was found guilty of corruption and is now living in exile. He served in the Thai Police from 1973 to 1987, and was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006.

Siriraj Hospital Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand

Siriraj Hospital is the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand, located in Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, opposite Thammasat University's Tha Phrachan campus. It is the primary teaching hospital of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.

In 2015, the original Thon Buri railway station building houses the Siriraj Phimukhsthan Museum. The former temporary station is now the station in use.

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