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Old 06-14-2011, 10:53 PM
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Default Bamboo Train in Battambang

The nories will soon be a thing of the past, so catch a ride
while you can! Nories, also know as bamboo trains, are one of Battambang's must sees, if only for their novelty value. Formed by two sets of railway wheels, a bamboo mat and a generator, these are a local way of travelling up and down the railway line in lieu of a real train. (When the real train shows up, all the nories disappear.)
Aside from a rather peculiar way of getting around, they are also a great way of seeing rural Cambodia well off the road network. When two nories meet coming in opposite directions, the one with the lighter load is dismantled and removed from the tracks, allowing the other to pass.

Powered by a small motor, the speed seems quite reasonable and while interesting for an hour or so, anything longer will give you a very sore backside. They can carry motorbikes, so a nori ride is easily combined with a motodop trip to say Phnom Banan. Just let your motodop know before you leave Battambang that you want to do one of these trips and he'll suggest the best point in your journey to do it. Be sure to agree on a price before you get on.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:31 PM
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Made up of a bamboo/wooden pallet set atop steel wheels and two axels, the “bamboo train” is anything but a train. Powered by a whiny lawn motor engine, these “trains” began being used to transport goods and livestock once the real trains stopped running.
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Old 12-22-2016, 04:10 PM
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Battambang isnít the most popular destination for travellers passing through Cambodia, but those who do make it to the northwestern part of the country know about the notorious bamboo train.

Located in the outskirts of town, the bamboo train, or nori, is essentially a bamboo flatbed on wheels, which is powered by a small motorcycle or tractor engine.

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Old 05-29-2017, 03:43 PM
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A norry or nori is an improvised rail vehicle from Cambodia. Lonely Planet describes it as "Cambodia's bamboo train". The trains run at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph) on the metre gauge tracks around Battambang and Poipet.
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