Airport Rail Link Co., Ltd.

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A trail from “The State Railway of Thailand” to…”Airport Rail Link” It has been 
more than a century that the King Chulalongkorn (King Rama the 5th) has 
established the Department of Railway, with his majesty’s great vision of 
viewing domestic communicationby train does not only benefit his people and 
the economy but also increase the capability to protect territory, increase the 
convenience for state administration in the remote provinces, to deal with 
colonial expansion of other nations into this region.

October 1890, King Chulalongkorn approved the establishment of the 
Department of Railway for the first time which belongs to the Department 
of Public Works until March 26, 1896; King Chulalongkorn launched 
Bangkok-Nakhonratchasima train service as the first route of Siam Kingdom. 
Therefore, the State Railway of Thailand regards March 26 of each year as 
the railway business establishment day until now. From the establishment 
of railway business in 1896 until the end of King Rama the 5th in 1910, 
there are 932 kilometers of railway in service and has later been extended 
routes to north and south.

In the reign of King Mongkut Klao, Rama 6th has changed “Department 
of Railway” to “Department of State Railway”, and has appointed 
Phrachao Nong Ya Ter Krom Phra Kamphaengpetchakkarayothin as the first 
head of Department of State Railway. At the time of his majesty’s reign, 
there were 2,518 kilometers of railway. However, when Thailand was in 
the midst of World War 1 and World War 2, railway was severely damaged 
and route extension was slow. The combined extended railway during the 
Rama 7th and Rama 8th reign was only 677 kilometers.