BANGKOK, 2 August 2014 – The first train with’ women-only’ bogie came into service on Friday, with the first of the bogies being part of the 5 pm train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
The State Railway of Thailand started providing ladies-only bogies on Friday for north-bound, south-bound and northeast-bound trains. According to Thanongsak Phongprasoet, the director of train operations, the women-only bogies are clearly marked and there is one of the 40-seat train cars for each train. Each of the lady bogies may only be accessed by females, and boys of no more than 10 years of age. All staff on the carriage, including railway police officers, are female. The exception is one male policeman per carriage.
Passengers have responded well to the new service, with seats in the bogies almost fully booked for the Mother’s Day holiday period.