The frontage of the station in Phnom Penh on 19/5/1990. Photo : Colin Martindale
The railway system in Cambodia consists of two lines totalling some 650km in length
although much of it is out of use at present due to damage caused by the civil war in
the 1970s and subsequent lack of maintenance. The line from Phnom Penh to Poipet on the
Thai frontier was built in the 1930s and operated until closed by the war in the 1970s.
Services recommenced as far as Battambang in the 1980s but were suspended again in 2008.
The section east of Poipet was badly damaged in the war and has not been used since.
Between 1965 and 1969 the 266km long line from Phnom Penh to the port of Sihanoukville was built only to be closed by the war shortly afterwards. As with the other services operated again from the 1980s until 2008; but in this case the line has been refurbished and re-opened in 2016.
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