Old Sihanoukville railway station

There is some initial action starting at the Sihanoukville station. The old track has been removed, and the new ties delivered. Other than that, the place is abandoned. While it is clear that the refirbished line from Phnom Penh will reach it’s south-western destination, it is very unclear when rail service will start. Of course, freight will have the priority (get container trucks off highway 4!!!) but there has still been no mention of passenger service to all those who are dying for a railroad experience in Cambodia.

Station as viewed from the main road

Walking to the front of the station between the walls of new rail ties

Pile of old rail ties

A few ancient rail cars (homes now!)

Wait all day but no trains here!

Old ticket counter

People living behind the old ticket window

Out with the old, in with the new

Front entrance to the S’ville station

Station viewed from the east side

Some house constructed paritially with an old rail car (nice idea!)

Track all ripped up (nice place for biking at the moment)

A lonely old piece of a train bridge???

PP to Kampot Rail Survey

Lots of reconstruction has been going on this year on the track from Phnom Penh to Kampot. They are using the old track but putting in new concrete ties. You can’t miss the yellow service trains working on the track in numerous locations.

Ready for new ties near Phnom Ch’nork

Abandoned rail station in Kampot

Rail service trains outside kampot rail station

Rail service trains outside kampot rail station

Lone bamboo train out of business

Outside Kampot rail station

Stacks of old rail ties

Stacks of new rail ties

Inside abandoned Kampot rail station

Empty tracks north of Kampong Trach

The start of something new

Out with the old

Doing my part

Real workers

A temporary solution

Work goes on without the rail operating

Commotion on the tracks between Takeo and PP

Kids on the tracks. Notice the track quality.

Delivering new rail ties

One last bamboo train assembly

Curved portion can’t hide the crooked track

Bamboo training