Cambodia has 612 kilometres of mostly very poor quality metre gauge train track,
most of which is still from the colonial French times. Nobody took care of neither the infrastructure nor the rolling stock and
as a result all traffic had to be stopped totally in 2009. Now in 2016 some modest service has started again, thanks to the funding
of the Asian development bank. Since April 2016 there is once again train traffic between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville as well as
Phnom Penh and Poipet. New diesel locomotives have also been ordered from China. Restoration works have been performed by two companies:
Toll railway and the Royal group. That explains also the trains' brand name Toll Royal railway. Railpics.club's
star reporter Matti Tenkanen visited the country in November 2016, so we now have some fresh pictures.
FUNET railway pictures archive - Cambodia
This is the newly opened "star" of the service, a passenger train to Sihanoukville. The diesel multiple unit train has been built by the famous Waggonfabrik Uerdingen in Germany, the same company that built Germany's famous railbuses. This train is of the class ZZ, number ZZ 803, built in Germany in 1969. Those of you who are familiar with German trains will immediately recognize a certain resemblance to the German Baureihe (class) 614. Picture in Phnom Penh 6.11.2016 by Matti Tenkanen.
Engine of the ZZ 803 diesel multiple unit. Picture in Phnom Penh 6.11.2016 by Matti Tenkanen. Originally this train had also more wagons in its middle. For a view of what the colouring used to be, and to see the sorry state that the original Uerdingen-made middle coaches look like lately, please see Florian Grupp's picture of the rusting wagons in 2010 in the flickriver service online.
To see how desolate and deserted the rail system of Cambodia was in 2008-2009, you might want to have a look at Richard Gennis' pages Phantasrail Cambodia. It's nice to see that things are moving towards the better now. As already mentioned above, Cambodian Toll Royal Railways has ordered new locomotives from China. To see what they look like, see for example this Richard Gennis' photo page on the railpictures.net site.