We handed a cool ten dollars over to a very formally dressed gentleman, very expensive by Cambodian standards. For this we hired what looked like a rickety wooden board with a small boat engine attached to the back. This was placed on top of a couple of heavy metal wheels and trucks which then sat fairly loosely on a set of train tracks that were often crudely fitted together. People still used this method to transport goods and themselves from place to place, but a new rail line is being built which will soon put it firmly into the history books. To be honest, it isn't the most convenient mode of transport with its undeniable floor being that trains approach each other from both directions and as there is only one track, etiquette dictates that the lighter contraption needs to be disassembled and removed from the tracks in order to let the other one pass. Kate bought a small scarf for a dollar to help protect from the sun and we hopped on the contraption cross legged and raring to go. The driver yanked the six horse power engine's starter cord a few times until it chugged into submission and we set off. I'm not sure exactly how fast the train went but when you're barely two feet off the ground it feels like you are going fast and you feel each and every bump, some of which really hurt the bum!
|The Train and its passengers|
|One of the bridges we had to cross|
|The not so well kept track!|
|Enjoying the masks|
|Overtaking lane is the same lane as the only lane|