Cambodian Railway Makes Test Run for Passenger Service

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Post by Duncan » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:27 pm

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Cannot find my other photos of engines etc taken in the workshops about 2003. There were several old steam engines but I think they were probably swapped for some Chinese diesels cause of the price of steel at the time.
Photo taken about 2003 outside the PP workshops and the two new engines that were '' swapped '' for the two old steam engines that were sitting there.

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Post by Duncan » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:38 pm

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Post by Rutiger » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:08 pm

All aboard!
Passenger train services to resume
Wed, 2 March 2016
Sor Chandara
Passenger trains are set to roll between the capital and the coast next month for the first time in 14 years, a railway official said yesterday.

Sam Oeun Tith, commercial manager of Royal Railway, which holds a 30-year concession to operate the country’s railways, said the company plans to run passenger trains along the 266-kilometer “Southern Line” from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville starting in April.

“We hope it will be the start of a new history after not having passenger trains for many years,” he said. “We plan to run a passenger-only train before Khmer New Year [April 13-16]. The [timing] was selected to reduce road traffic during the holiday and reduce traffic accidents.”

Oeun Tith said passenger trains operating on this route would carry about 400 people in five carriages divided by class, with regular carriages cooled by fans and plush VIP carriages offering air-conditioning.

The journey will take around eight hours averaging 33 km/h, with ticket prices yet to be determined – though he insists the company is aiming to make it “cheaper than the bus service.”

Passenger train service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville was suspended in 2002 after years of operating losses that saw both the rail line and its equipment fall into disrepair.

Freight traffic on the line ceased shortly after.

The Southern Line reopened to commercial traffic in 2013 after extensive rehabilitation. It is currently used to transport fuel, coal, cement and container shipments, according to Royal Railway.

Oeun Tith said in addition to launching regular passenger trains in April, the company also intends to offer a private charter service.

“The company has plans to provide a service for clients to rent the train for private tours to enjoy the scenery along the way to Sihanoukville,” he said, adding that pricing would be disclosed soon.

Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said the resumption of passenger rail service would give domestic and foreign travellers an alternative to the 3-4 hour road trip on National Road 4.

“The road to Sihanoukville is busy and damaged,” he said. “If we have passenger train service, it will be a good option. We are ready to promote it and sell tour packages.”

While Kim Eang said eight hours was a long trip, he was confident travellers seeking a new experience would use the rail service.

“We’ve waited a very long time to provide more transport options for travellers,” he said. “In Europe and China, trains attract a lot of attention from tourists. Even if ours is slower [than buses,] it will attract people.”
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Post by juansweetpotato » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:36 pm

I wonder if they will have sleeper cars ? That would make a lot of sense. just like the Thai or Indian trains. Jump-on on Friday night, arrive in the early morning. Then back on Sunday night to arrive for work on Monday morning. :thumb:
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Post by Rutiger » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:51 pm

They shouldn't need sleeper cars. It's a 4 hour journey by bus. They need to speed the fuck up and get there faster. 8 hours? Should take 3 max. What...are they stopping the train every 200 feet to let people on and off anywhere they want?
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Post by cptrelentless » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:36 pm

Rutiger wrote:They shouldn't need sleeper cars. It's a 4 hour journey by bus. They need to speed the fuck up and get there faster. 8 hours? Should take 3 max. What...are they stopping the train every 200 feet to let people on and off anywhere they want?
There are people, animals and trucks on the line that need time to get out the way. Once people get used to the train running regularly it might speed up. I think it's all narrow gauge, and pretty wiggly, so it's not going to ever whiz along. Faster than by horse.
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Post by juansweetpotato » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:39 am

Rutiger wrote:They shouldn't need sleeper cars. It's a 4 hour journey by bus. They need to speed the fuck up and get there faster. 8 hours? Should take 3 max. What...are they stopping the train every 200 feet to let people on and off anywhere they want?
Well, you got to take what you can get. Anyhow, I love train travel, especially on old slow trains that don't seal you hermetically in. No AC for me!
I just hope it becomes a practical way for people to travel from PP to SNV, or the other way round. The only way I can see that happening for people that work here is if they have affordable sleeper trains.

I have done the over night train journey from Nairobi to Mombasa many times. It's the best way to travel and it also takes all night. Wake up refreshed for the day ahead. :thumb:

Take it slow and enjoy a journey away from the roads. If you want to get there fast, get a Ducatti.

That was a sick joke I know, but my point is it should be safer. I would never take an overnight bus on these roads. Even the bus takes up a day almost. You could fly maybe? Not sure if they flights from PP to SNV yet? So, slow as it maybe, with sleeper cars, it would offer another solution for those of us that would like to chill on a beach away from the Penh on occasion etc.
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Post by Imposter555 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:16 pm

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battambong railway station in november 2017
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Post by Duncan » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:25 pm

Imposter555 wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:16 pm
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battambong railway station in november 2017

Yes but that only shows half of the picture. Just out of the frame to the side are probably hundreds of passengers all lined up to buy tickets.
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On the Bamboo train .
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Re: Cambodian Railway Makes Test Run for Passenger Service

Post by Imposter555 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:38 pm

Duncan wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Imposter555 wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:16 pm
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battambong railway station in november 2017

Yes but that only shows half of the picture. Just out of the frame to the side are probably hundreds of passengers all lined up to buy tickets.
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On the Bamboo train .
there did seem to be some activity going on off to the LHS of the picture, had assumed it was freight. didnt go look see. no passengers anywhere in sight. perhaps much earlier in the morning if they were heading to pp. no signs indicating any departure times.
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