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Photos in the Cambodia Gallery are all courtesy of Richard Gennis and were  taken in December 2006, there are also 4 photos from Pete Foster from January 2008

Cambodian Railways is a 603km metre gauge system with the northern line running from Phnom Penh to Sisophon and the southern line running from Phnom Penh to the port of Sihanoukville (on the Gulf of Thailand). The northern line has only one passenger train each way per week between Phnom Penh and Battambang whilst the passenger trains on the southern line finished 5 years ago. The Railway  is down to 10 operational locomotives. On average there is one freight train a day on both the northern and southern lines  and because of the state of the track they are limited to 5km an hour in many places. Derailments are frequent and expected. The oil trains from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh have the equivalent of a man walking in front of it with a red flag, in this case it is a motorised trolley with a red flag checking on the condition of the track - 5km per hour is the normal speed. Freight carried is usually oil or cement. Security is a problem and each freight train conveys a wooden van that holds five security guards. The state of most of the rolling stock can best be described as life expired. Working locos are both French and Czech built together with two new unusable Chinese diesels.

It is difficult to believe that there is a more neglected railway system anywhere in the world

Cambodia has no railway link to Thailand as the Khmer Rouge blew up the section north of Sisophon to the Thai border at Poipet (48Km) but Malaysia has recently donated sufficient rails to re-establish this link.

The railway is due to be privatised during 2007

Inside the shed at Phnom Penh on December 18, 2006 where work to repair BB-1056 and BB-1055 has been abandoned

UPDATES

New page February 29, 2008  :  Phnom Penh (6)

Updated page January 14, 2007  :  Passenger Train

New pages January 09, 2007  :  Mongkol Borei     Mongkol Borei (2)     Derailed     Sisophon

Updated pages January 09, 2007  :  Track     Phnom Penh     Phnom Penh (2)

New pages January 07, 2007  :  Bamboo Railway     Battambang (2)     Track

Updated pages January 07, 2007  :  Battambang     Passenger Train     Phnom Penh (5)     Rolling Stock     Steam

New pages January 06, 2007  :  Kampot     Oil Train      Passenger Train     Phnom Penh (5)

Updated pages January 06, 2006  :  Rolling Stock     Steam   

New pages January 04, 2007  :   Phnom Penh     Phnom Penh (2)     Phnom Penh (3)     Phnom Penh (4)      Rolling Stock      Steam     Battambong     

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