From Wiki it seems they are Australian:willyhilly wrote: ↑Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:23 pm I was told most of that old rolling stock came from NZ. The railcard came from NZ. A railways man told me years ago that there was still a railcar near Battambang down an embankment. It was blown off the rails by a KR mine.
The kiwi coaches are built with a lot of valuable timber and some greedy General is hanging out for a big profit from them.
Late 20th century
In 1955 Australia donated rolling stock, described as "railway wagons of various types", worth at the time ₤A 441,000, and "needed for new rail links." Assistance from France, West Germany, and the People's Republic of China between 1960 and 1969 supported the construction of the second line, which runs from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville on the southern coast to cut down the reliance on Saigon Port of Vietnam and Khlong Toei Port of Thailand. In 1960, Australia provided four third-class passenger carriages under the Colombo Plan. Rail service ceased during the war but resumed in the early 1980s. Guerrilla activities, however, continued to disrupt service.
An example before restoration, around 2005.
A restored train in 2011.
http://www.nic.funet.fi/index/pics/rail ... index.htmlThis is the newly opened "star" of the service, a passenger train to Sihanoukville. The diesel multiple unit train has been built by the famous Waggonfabrik Uerdingen in Germany, the same company that built Germany's famous railbuses. This train is of the class ZZ, number ZZ 803, built in Germany in 1969. Those of you who are familiar with German trains, will immediately recognize a certain resemblance to the German Baureihe (class) 614.
I'm not sure when they were imported, but there are pictures of Pol Pot and his henchmen sitting in one on a trip to Kampong Som in 1976.
Thanks for this reference.
The history is very cool. but the post provides no photos.
Did they send their reporter out there without a camera?
Nor am I going up against a high muck-a-muck.
An old dining car would be nice or even a car all the seats could be ripped out of.
This idea is starting to go south.
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