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The Cambodian Bamboo Railway




Cambodia has one main rail line. It is not well built, not maintained, and generally unsafe. For that reason, Cambodia no longer operates heavy trains.

The people, however, have created an inexpensive and lightweight system to travel safely on the rails.

These bamboo trains are pushed by small gasoline engines, and roll on two axles. They can be removed from the railroad or assembled in about a minute.

These trains run through the countryside around Battambang in Cambodia. They are an incredibly simple design and as the name suggest are made of a considerable amount of bamboo, which gives great strength for little weight. They run on the old railway lines that were built by the French when Cambodia was still a colony.

So who gets right of way? Well the rule is the train with the most passengers gets right of way. However if a train is carrying a motorbike it has right of way over a train carrying more passengers. However
everyone seems to take it in their stride and help each other out in taking the trains off the track.


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Added: Nov-14-2012 
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