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Egypt Posts

During 2013 I created a personal (not official) website for Egyptian Railways, to try to create an international community interest in this interesting and historic system. This coincided with the revolution and military coup, which led to far-reaching consequences for the railways. I have preserved some of my 2013 blog posts here below:
The new military government has shut down Egypt's railway network

Why has Egypt’s government shut down the rail network?

The gruelling and expensive network shut-down continues, by order of the Interior Ministry. In a few days the shut-down will have lasted an entire fortnight and on Wednesday will enter its 3rd week. I’ll cover the staggering losses incurred by both the national railway company and the Cairo Metro in articles below, and these are being...
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Cairo Central square

Autumn Quail السمان والخريف

I’ve been following the tumultuous events in Egypt with interest and I recalled the opening page of Naguib Mahfouz’s Autumn Quail that echoes the fate of the Morsi government (and previously Mubarak’s). One day in 1952, our hero Isa el-Dubagh arrives at Cairo Station unaware his life is about to change forever….. When the train drew to a halt, he...
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Cairo Central square

1919 Revolution ثورة ١٩١٩

While I’m in an historical frame of mind, considering this week’s ousting, revolution or coup* (*depending on your standpoint), I thought I’d mention the 1919 Revolution, mostly forgotten as it’s been overshadowed by the 1952 revolution and the various wars (and now the Arab Spring). A strike by train drivers and other key railway workers...
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Cairo Central square

Troop Train (song) قطار الجنود

The last in this trio of posts concerns another old piece that popped into my head today. I’ve just dug it out in a book of song lyrics from one of Nasser’s favourite songsters Salah Gahin. This is a stirring patriotic song about the Suez War of 1956. It’s too late at night to write in full, but...
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El Alamein new station platform, starter semaphores, track view and east signal box 2013.Courtesy BBC.

El Alamein station محطة العلمين

This lies about 60km from Alexandria on Line 22, the Western Desert Line to Mersa Matruh and beyond to Salloum (Line 23) and the Libyan border, and is famed for two major Second World War battles. Coordinates 30 49 29N 28 57 19E. The 1943 era station featured in a BBC documentary about the Second...
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Helwan-les-Bains station, Egypt

Timed scene list for 1953 film

This is quite a long post but I think it’s important to reveal the contents of such an historic find, that I’ve just transcribed. Mr Ton Pruissen in the Netherlands was kind enough to send a 30-minute cine film made in 1953 by Mr Albert G. Nymeyer. It’s an amazing discovery. Mr Nymeyer filmed extensive trackside...
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