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After 14 Years, Cambodia Restarts Passenger Trains

Cambodia has restarted its passenger train services on one route after a gap of around 14 years.

On Saturday, the 1st service set out from the capital Phnom Penh for the tourist areas of south-west coast.

The service that will run only on weekends, had a VIP on board – Hun Sen, the veteran Prime Minister.

After 14 Years, Cambodia Restarts Passenger Trains
The Cambodian prime minister joined the first train service

“The train & railway were almost totally destroyed by war more than 40 years ago,” he wrote in a post he posted on Facebook.

“Because our country is now at peace, we’ve the opportunity to rebuild our transport infrastructure.”

The journey from the Phnom Penh costs around $7 and takes around 8 hours. It will run to and from the coast once a day from Fridays to Sundays.

The country has hundreds of kilometers of track, however very little is open, after the decades of negligence.

The Cargo services restarted 3 years ago, along small stretches of track.