Goverment officials tour the train last week. Premier Hun Sen will travel by train to Sihanoukville on April 30 and will meet with workers there on May 1, which is International Labor Day
In an effort at promote the Kingdom’s railways, Prime Minister Hun Sen will travel from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train on April 30, and has promised to post many pictures of his travels on Facebook.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Friday, the premier said he will be accompanied to Sihanoukville by Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol.
“I want to see how good, comfortable Cambodia’s train is. I want to promote transportation by train,” the prime minister said.
Cambodian trains return after 14 years
APRIL 30, 2016
Cambodia's train service to the coast has resumed after a 14-year hiatus, pulling out of Phnom Penh station with Prime Minister Hun Sen on board.
The passenger rail service on Saturday was the first to run anywhere in the country for about seven years.
Hun Sen rode the train with senior ministers and a retinue of bodyguards headed for the coastal town of Sihanoukville, a popular tourist destination.
The Australian CEO of Royal Railways John Guiry said the train service, restarted at a cost of more than $US160 million ($A209.79 million), will be followed by an expansion of the line north to the Thai border by December.
Phnom Penh station - like much of the country's rail network - was built by the French during the 1930s.
The train to Sihanoukville became infamous in 1994, when Khmer Rouge guerillas kidnapped and executed three foreign tourists, including Australian David Wilson, who were on the train.
9 April 2016 PHNOM PENH — Passenger train services resumed in Cambodia on Saturday for a limited period following a 14-year suspension because of poor railway conditions.
A train with nearly 200 passengers on board left Phnom Penh station at 7am for an eight-hour, 264-kilometre trip to a popular beach resort in the southwestern coastal province of Sihanoukville.
John Guiry, CEO of Royal Railways of Cambodia, said the resumption was "part of an initial phase to try the service to see if it is popular". If demand is good, services will be provided regularly, he said.
Royal Railways is offering the service between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville for nine days to coincide with the Cambodian New Year holidays, with a train leaving the capital at 7am every day until April 16 and another leaving Sihanoukville at the same time from Sunday to April 17.
The trains will make two stops at passenger-ready stations in Takeo and Kampot provinces. A one-way ticket costs $6.
Guiry said the train services were expected to reduce heavy traffic congestion during the Khmer New Year.
The air-conditioned three-wagon trains travel at average speeds of 30 to 40 kilometres per hour. By popular demand, two extra wagons equipped with only fans were added on Saturday.
Khun Sotheara, a 26-year-old employee of a travel agency, said it was the first time he had ever taken a train and added that he is "proud of and satisfied with the train service".
Because of neglect and damage from the long civil war, railways in the country were in a dilapidated state and all services had been suspended by 2009 for rehabilitation.