Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

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Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:54 pm

Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

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Royal Railway, which has a 30-year concession to operate Cambodia’s rail network, will operate two passenger train services a day between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville during an eight-day trial period starting April 9, it announced on its website yesterday.

One train will leave Phnom Penh at 7am, coinciding with the departure of another train from Sihanoukville. The trains will complete the 266-kilometre journey in about eight hours with stops at stations in Takeo and Kampot.

Tickets for the full journey will cost $7 for all classes, though air-conditioned carriages are only available on odd-numbered days, a railway official said yesterday.

Okhna Kit Meng is the director of Royal Railway Company

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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by obelisks » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:36 pm

good luck to them and I would try that service. Eight hours is a bit long compared to the bus services but I could sleep on a train
which is something I could never do travelling with some of those bus drivers
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by TheGrinchSR » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:13 pm

Everywhere else in the world the train is faster than the bus... not sure why anyone would take this except to save a dollar or two on the bus ticket...
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Rutiger » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:37 pm

33 km/hour. Even if they had a food service with bar rail car(which seems obvious they won't), it would be tediously boring. I'd maybe do it once for the novelty of it.
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by walkjivefly » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:38 pm

The train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is even slower, about 4 hours for 80km.
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Rutiger » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:53 pm

walkjivefly wrote:The train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is even slower, about 4 hours for 80km.
Someone told me there is a passenger train from Bangkok to Pattaya that takes over 5 hours too. I think that same drive is down to 1.5 hours or so?
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Sailorman » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:32 am

Why so slow? 8 hours? Is the new train bed that bad. I remember the French company that built/rebuilt it had to go back and redo a bunch of it.(can you say corruption? Do you really want to ride a train where the roadbed was built by a low bid French company that had to go back and redo it?)

I'd take it if they put a sleeper car on it. How about they run more container trains and get the trucks off of highway #4 (Death Highway From Hell.) The container truck mafia won't let that happen and the officials would lose their tea money. $$$$$

Over the years I've taken many overnight trains in Thailand and they were great. I recently rode the trains in Australia and they were really wonderful.
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Duncan » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:38 pm

Where can one buy a ticket on this train ?
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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Rutiger » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:42 pm

Duncan wrote:Where can one buy a ticket on this train ?
I dunno but I would guess the old train station that was rehabbed back in 2012 or so. Just a bit west of Preah Monivong and Street 108, around there.
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I haven't seen any pics of the train station refurbishment in SHV, though.

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Re: Trial passenger rail service to begin April 9

Post by Duncan » Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:18 pm

Duncan wrote:Where can one buy a ticket on this train ?


Problem solved.



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Yea, he's got a ticket to ride.

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