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State Railway of Thailand (SRT) (Thai: การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย, RTGS: Kan Rotfai Haeng Prathet Thai) train no.1253 belongs to the so called NKF class of diesel multiple units. The NKF trains were built by the Japanese companies Nippon Sharyo, Hitachi, Fuji Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Niigata Tekkousho, and Kinki Sharyo in 1985. They were built in two series, 64 trains first and then 12 trains more. It is a 235 hp producing diesel multiple unit with a top speed of 105 km/h. it is a further development and very similra to the earlier class THN, built by Tokyu, Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo in 1983.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another view of the same NKF train at the station of Hua Hin. It was just about to leave towards Bangkok and the driver is looking through the window if it is already OK to start.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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When the train to Bangkok pictured above had left, it turned out that there was another diesel multiple unit parked at the station of Hua Hin. This diesel multiple unit no. 1116 belongs to the earlier mentioned so called THN class of trains built by Tokyu, Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo in 1983. 40 trains of this class were built. Just like the later NKF class, these also have a power rating of 235 hp and a maximum speed of 105 km/h.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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Another view of the same THN class train no. 1116 but from the other end. The middle coach had extensive ugly graffiti smearings.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A sign by the side of the train 1116 said that this was a special tour train from Bangkok to Suansoan Pradipat, but for some reason the tour had here stopped at Hua Hin. Maybe this was a group of tourists looking at the sights of the famous touristic resort?
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The station of Hua Hin is quite beautiful and dates back to the times of the old colonial Siam Railway. The Southern Line third phase between Cha-am Station to Hua Hin opened in November 1911. In 1967, Colonel Saeng Chulacharit (former minister of the State Railway of Thailand) coordinated the relocation of the Sanam Chandra Palace Railway Pavilion from Sanam Chandra Palace, to Hua Hin and it was renamed to "Phra Mongkut Klao Pavilion". That is the reason wh the station looks so fine in the old Siamese style.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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There is an old locomotive of the Baldwin type, no. 305 set up as a monument at the Hua Hin station. The machine has been built at SLM in Winterthur in Switzerland.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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A closer look at the same old steam engine.
Picture from the station of Hua Hin 3.7.2005 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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