The Bamboo Trains of Cambodia


For villagers in Cambodia, the path of least resistance is also perhaps the most dangerous.

Villagers with no access to roads use a homegrown mode of transport called “bamboo trains”.

Made of salvaged tank axles, a flimsy bamboo platform and powered by a small boat engine, “bamboo trains” also called “norries” in Khmer, can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour.


The cheap fare makes it a crucial way for farmers to get their products to bigger markets despite it being a hazardous and inconvenient mode of transportation.

Currently, these bamboo trains exist with traditional trains along the same track as the latter move so slowly that the bamboo trains can be taken off and lifted off to allow the traditional trains to pass.


Via Teak Door.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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