Trains in Egypt

We were in Egypt from 14-25 April (much longer than planned because Iceland’s volcano canceled our flight home).  Because we are railfans (“train nuts”), we kept our eyes open for trains during our visit.  Cairo’s main rail station is below an underpass on the way to and from the airport so we saw it several times in passing but the building is covered in green tarps so not much is visible.

On our Aswan-Luxor boat trip, we saw several trains loading or carrying sugar cane, and while we were on our way to visit temples and tombs we passed over the narrow guage tracks several times. Egypt has a national railway system but we never saw a passenger train in our travels.  The guards who sit by the tracks at the road crossing were curious why we asked our driver to stop for pictures.  Once I took a photo of the camel next to the tracks, they relaxed.

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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