Local entrepreneurs quickly saw an opportunity to use the abandoned rails for a tourist attraction. They built light platforms of bamboo and mounted them on two axles. A six hp utility motor provides the power and drives one of the axles with a vee belt. The motor sits on a slide mount and the driver applies tension to the belt with a stick.
We pay five dollars each, are invited to sit on a cushion on the platform and the driver pulls the rope to start the engine. The little carriage slowly clatters off down the rails, through the rural Cambodian countryside.
Inevitably, we meet a carriage-full of tourists coming the other way. Not to worry -- the two drivers jump off and proceed to dismantle our carriage. Two of them easily lift the bamboo platform off the axles, the motor is set on the ground and the two axles are removed from the rails. The other carriage creeps past and the two drivers quickly reassemble ours. We climb back on and in minutes are once again on our way.
About five miles down the track we reach what was once the next station on the railroad. We detrain, have a cold drink and walk about to view an abandoned brick kiln. After twenty minutes we are invited back aboard for the return trip.
Truly a unique experience and about as much fun as you can have in Cambodia with your clothes on!