With the suspension of the Express Line services between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Makkasan/Phaya Thai in September 2014 due to insufficient rolling stock and possibly low passenger numbers, the Express Line Siemens Desiro Class 360/2 rolling stock can be now commonly found operating on the City Line with a new seating configuration to boost the overall capacity of the Airport Rail Link.
This time, I’ve managed to score a ride on the sole Express Line trainset with a wraparound of the various projects initiated by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol.
The most noticeable difference on the recongifured Express Line sets are the blue handgrips in place of the yellow handstraps.
Always get a train to the airport yo.
The route map has also been replaced with the City Line map.
Interior-wise, the train still keeps the baggage rack by the doors originally for Express Line passengers. However, the yellow stanchions and longitudinal seats are those of the City Line, and would probably look the same to a typical passenger just boarding another train.
The reconfigured Express Line set departing Lat Krabang station. All 4 Express Line trainsets have been reconfigured.
The train making her final right turn into Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The new configuration allows an additional 400 passengers by design to board the train as there is now more standing space.
With the increased capacity of the reconfigured trains and having both Express Line and City Line trainsets to operate on the single City Line, the overall capacity of the Airport Rail Link is now boosted in the interim.