Their Majesties the King and Queen-Mother Take the Train to Preah Sihanouk Province

His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, and Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk departed here this morning for Preah Sihanouk coastal province by train.

The monarchs are accompanied by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen.

On his official Facebook page, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his honour to accompany Their Majesties the King and Queen-Mother during the trip.

"Today I and my wife are very happy and have a great honour to accompany His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia and Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province by train to enjoy the new year celebration," he said.

Cambodia currently has two lines of railway, from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk and from Phnom Penh to Battambang and Poipet at the Cambodian-Thai border.

The first line with the total length of 266 kilometres was built under the regime of the former King, Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk. The construction of these railways was divided into three stages: from Phnom Penh to Takeo, 75 kilometres, built from 1960 until 1966; from Takeo to Kampot, 92 kilometres, from 1966 until 1967; and from Kampot to Preah Sihanouk, and to Sihanouk port, 99 kilometres, from 1967 until 1969.

The second line with the total length of 385.05 kilometres, was constructed in the French colonial era. The first part, from Phnom Penh to Pursat, 166 kilometres, was built from 1929 until 1931, then from Pursat to Mongkul Borei, 164 kilometres, from 1931 until 1933, and the last part, from Mongkul Borei to Poipet, 55.05 kilometres, from 1933 until 1942.

The first line is currently in operation after being repaired by the royal government. The second line is under a renovation project and will soon connect to the missing line to the Thai side for regional connection.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press