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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:19 PM
Most memorable re Bangkok= Skytrain. Rows and rows of concrete pillars.
Most memorable re Paris= Metro. Fully automated driverless trains.
Most memorable re Tokyo/Osaka= train network. On time, all the time, clean and affordable.
HK MTR- nuff said, and the spread of the Octopus card.
Singapore MRT= one of the few redeeming features of the island state.
I have an inexplicable fascination with mass public transport.
Have yet to see the wonders of Swiss engineering.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:57 PM
Sydney public transport infrastructure spend is at least 10 years behind. If they spend the billions required right now (money which they dont have), the full benefits will only flow in 10 years time, by which time they would have to spend at least double the billions of todays money to catch up again. The money required to achieve world class standards dwarfed the collective political balls of all politicians added together.
There is a grand total of one "tram" line in Sydney (called light rail). It services areas where no one wants to go to, and is bleeding left right and centre. Melbourne trams are slightly better.
We do have a nice harbour, nice bridge, opera house, and beaches galore.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:24 PM
Petepan, if you're interested in urban rail, you must pay a visit to Shanghai. One of the largest rail networks in the world (the largest now? not sure) and certainly the fastest growing. All sorts of rail networks there, from light rail to maglev trains. Incredibly efficient, moving huge numbers of people daily, and very well integrated with other public transport like bus.
Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:39 AM
I enjoy taking trains, not intercity trains but proper trains. Have done KL to Bangkok, travelled in Kazakhstan on train, that was pretty cool. When i was in Mumbai, i thought their train station was enormous and beautiful just didnt have the balls to take their train. A bit too much adventure for me.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:39 AM
I've taken the train to Bangkok before. Great food on board.
Yeah dude, the food is freshly prepared and sent to your seat. The porter service is amazing. I really enjoyed the Thai trains although they look dirty on the outside but on the inside its super clean. Its no E&O but it's really good.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:28 AM
Ive had similar experience bombs in Bangkok during the New Years just spoiled our whole celebration. We stayed in on NYE, thought of popping champagne at mid night, so we were at the pool and then started hearing bombs and people screaming and running. We were freaking out, managed to find a perch high enough to see whats goin on next door and realised it was an open air cinema.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:42 PM
I cant tell you how freaked out we were, we were receiving sms from home about the bombs in Bangkok and be careful, that sort of shit . We didnt get any information what so ever it was total black out in terms of the local news. We started drinking in the afternoon received news in the late evening, sobered us up completely. Then onwards watching the news for the development. After that was the countdown and the next door "bombing" incident. Of course some of us were not satisfied at just partying at the hotel and still wanted party so we went out at abt 2am.
I dont know whether consciously or subconsciously that was my last time in Bangkok.
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