The above photograph was taken last week and is of the new yet to be opened BTS Skytrain station at Patthanakan and Srinakharin.  

The above photograph was taken last week and is of the new yet to be opened BTS Skytrain station at Patthanakan and Srinakharin.

This image is significant not because it’s a great photograph (it’s not), but because it’s bringing you news and a visual together.  Images become significant for a variety of reasons and great quality and technicals often aren’t required.  A solid composition helps, but isn’t mandatory either.

If you look through your local newspapers you’ll see many photographs which are significant only because they give you a visual on some piece of interesting news, or an interesting story of some type.  Ideally an image will stand on its own, no story needed.  Conversely ideally a story will stand on its own, no image necessary.  However, most often an image compliments a story, or a story an image, and standing together they reach our “interest threshold” where alone they otherwise wouldn’t.

Why is this BTS Skytrain station interesting?  Because it’s on the major link / route that will connect the inner city BTS system to the international airport!  Once this link is open you’ll be able to jump on the BTS at the airport terminal, and in minutes you’ll be getting off at the Nana BTS, a short walk across the street from what is perhaps Bangkok’s most famous hotel.  How cool is that?  No more corrupt taxi drivers, no more limo shams, and no more hair raising thrill rides along the Expressway with a yaba crazed taxi driver at the wheel.

When will the link open?  I really don’t know and I no longer believe the official dates as they’ve been delayed several times.  The above picture was taken almost three years ago and at the time we were told completion was scheduled in 12 months.  Since, we’ve had a coup, political demonstrations, and now a weak economy, all of which had the effect of bringing the project to a standstill.  Eventually, work restarts and progress continues.  

When will the link open?  I really don’t know and I no longer believe the official dates as they’ve been delayed several times.  The above picture was taken almost three years ago and at the time we were told completion was scheduled in 12 months.  Since, we’ve had a coup, political demonstrations, and now a weak economy, all of which had the effect of bringing the project to a standstill.  Eventually, work restarts and progress continues.

Two weeks ago I noticed a full length skytrain creeping down the track at 5 - 10 km/h.  Days later one whizzed by at full speed.  This tells me the track has been finished and tested.  In the feature photograph you can make out skytrain cars parked at intervals along its length?  Perhaps this is part of load testing?  It appears that only the actual passenger loading stations have yet to be fully completed, but they’re well on their way.  If anyone knows the details please email me, I promise to keep your identity to myself and will pass any information you have along to the readers.