Cambodian, Thai railroads to be linked this month

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Passengers travelling in a train in Cambodia. KT/Mai Vireak

The railway systems of Cambodia and Thailand will be linked later this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday.

Speaking during a cabinet meeting last week, the premier said the railway networks of both countries will be connected on April 22 during a ceremony that he will preside.

Ly Borin, director of the railway department, told Khmer Times that the railway systems of Cambodia and Thailand are already connected but that the link has not been officially launched.

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“The Thai side is aiming to start operating trains on April 22, but we are not sure that it will happen. What we can tell you for sure is that the railway will be officially in operation at the end of this month,” he said, adding that the launch will be presided over by the Cambodian and Thai prime ministers.

Mr Borin did not provide details on the number of trains the system will handle.

According to the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Thai government has agreed to donate a diesel multiple unit (DMU), which will be received in upcoming days.

A DMU is a multiple-unit train powered by on-board diesel engines, which requires no separate locomotive.

The DMU has been manufactured by Japan’s Hitachi and comprises four carriages, each able to carry 80 passengers.

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  1. This is great news that rail service is being implemented between Cambodia and Thailand! However, we need more foresight in the matter. We need BOTH night sleeper trains and day trains on this route to meet the needs of BOTH local travelers and international tourists. Further, the service should be extended to Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam to provide for a regional network. In the future, the entire system should be converted to the international standard gauge to hook up with the Chinese system.

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