Cambodia completes reconstruction of rail line damaged in the 1970s

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PHNOM PHEN, Cambodia — Passenger trains are again moving over a rail line demolished in the 1970s during Cambodia's civil war.

A nearly 30-mile stretch of rail line connecting Camboida's capital, Phnom Phen, and the country's border with Thailand entered service Wednesday with a passenger train between two smaller Cambodian cities. Locals plan to eventually re-start direct passenger train service between Phnom Phen and Bangkok, Thailand's capital, the Associated Press reports.

The line was originally built in 1942 and connected to Ho Chi Minh City, then Saigon, in Vietnam. War ravaged the line and knocked the 30-mile section out of service in 1973. The re-building is thanks to a $13 million loan from the Asian Development Bank.

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