Southbound train service back to normal

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NARATHIWAT, Nov 21 – Trains bound for Thailand’s southernmost province of Yala resumed service Wednesday morning after a 300-metre stretch of tracks, badly damaged by Sunday’s bombing, was repaired.

The blast on the railway in Narathiwat’s Rueso district killed three people and injured 16 others.

The first train leaving Hat Yai station reached Yala station at 8am to pick up passengers before moving on to Su-ngai Kolok, its final destination. The engine pulled 12 carriages, while two damaged carriages are under repair in Hat Yai.
A second rapid train from Su-ngai Kolok to Bangkok will be on schedule.
Stringent security measures have been imposed on some stretches of the railway and railway stations to ensure people’s safety.
From Narathiwat, train services to Su-ngai Kolok, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat will be as usual from today.
Somsak Themsena, a teacher at Khok Yang school in Narathiwat, boarded a train at Tanyongmas station in Ra-ngae district. He admitted that the latest explosion has frightened him but he would continue using railway service due to the affordable prices.