Monday, October 18, 2010

Cambodia’s Bamboo Railway

Cambodia’s main train service runs sporadically and is often subject to derailments. So, locals in Battambang, Cambodia, have taken the lack of reliable transportation into their own hands. They have created a train made from recycled tank wheels, small motorcycle engines bamboo poles. The vehicle is very rudimentary, but it gets the job done.

The trains, known as ‘Norries’, are simple bamboo slabs with wheels that run on the state-built track. The trains are surprisingly fast going up to 40kph. If you ride one of these norries, don’t expect to just sit back and relax, if you meet a train coming in the opposite direction, passengers are expected to lift the platform and axles off the tracks to let the other “train” pass.

We encourage you to take a look at this amazing video by Journeyman Productions and see the Norrie in action.

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