Royal Railway Station (Phnom Penh)

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Phnom Penh Royal Railway Station
Railway Station - Phnom Penh.JPG
Phnom Penh Railway Station Refurbished 2012
Location Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Coordinates 11°34′21″N 104°55′00″E / 11.5725°N 104.9167°E / 11.5725; 104.9167Coordinates: 11°34′21″N 104°55′00″E / 11.5725°N 104.9167°E / 11.5725; 104.9167
Platforms 2
Construction
Parking Available
History
Opened 1932
Rebuilt 2010 (Renovation)
Electrified no
Traffic
Passengers 0
0
Services
none
Railway platform before renovation in 2004
The Railway Station during a rainy day

Phnom Penh Royal Railway Station, is a railway station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is located next University of Health Science and the National University of Management and the Canadian embassy. As of February 2014, the station is only used for sporadic goods transport, chiefly oil-tank trains. This station was renovated and formally reopened October 22, 2010. However, the station buildings and platforms are no longer accessible to the public, given that there are currently no passenger services.

Construction[edit]

The process of building the station was hampered by the rainy season. "A considerable advance was thus taken during the first year and, in 1931, the Company concentrated all her effort on the one hand on the Phnom Penh train station, including embankments, buildings and facilities, which are of an exceptional importance, and secondly on ballast supplies. Meanwhile, nature, so often hostile in Cambodia, became the main auxiliary against the engineers by packing embankments and consolidating them with vegetation. Good weather having returned, work actively resumed with the rehabilitation of the embankments and the levelling of the platform."[1]

The station was built in 1932 from reinforced concrete[2] to service the railway to Battambang.

History[edit]

On September 28-September 30, 1960, twenty-one leaders of the Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party (KPRP) held a secret congress at the station.[3][4] The meeting resulted in the party being renamed as the Workers Party of Kampuchea (WPK). In Democratic Kampuchea, this pivotal meeting would later be projected as the founding date of the party.[5] The first important meeting of the Khmer Rouge leadership including Pol Pot was held at the railway station in April 1975, following the fall of Phnom Penh at which the decision to evacuate the cities was taken.[6][7]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Osborne, Milton E. (2008). Phnom Penh: a cultural and literary history. Signal Books. ISBN 978-1-904955-40-5. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le chemin de fer de Phnom-Penh à Mongkol-Borey" [The Railway from Phnom-Penh to Mongkol-Borey]. L'Éveil économique de l'Indochine : bulletin hebdomadaire (in French) (749 ed.). Saigon. August 7, 1932. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "INFORMATION FOR VISITORS". National Museum of Cambodia. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Osborne, p. 124
  4. ^ Chronologie du Cambodge de 1960 à 1990
  5. ^ Chandler, David P., Revising the Past in Democratic Kampuchea: When Was the Birthday of the Party?: Notes and Comments, in Pacific Affairs, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer, 1983), pp. 288-300.
  6. ^ Osborne, p. 149
  7. ^ Sheridan, Michael (2004-10-24). "War: Pol Pot by Philip Short". The Times. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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