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Railways of Northern Africa
Arthur Barker

Railways of Northern Africa

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This book brings together the stories of some of the most fascinating and least-known railways of the world. Beginning with the weaving of British and German rails across Kenya and Tanganyika, the reader is taken north by way of the Sudan, with its efficient railways born from the wars of bygone years, to Egypt, the home of Africa's first railways. It has been said that archaeologists would not have been unduly surprised if they had found the plans of a steam engine entombed in the Pyramids, but it was Robert Stephenson, son of the even more famous George, who brought steel rails and steam locomotives to Egypt. The railways of Ethiopia and Eritrea, exotic, strange, and those "East of Suez" are looked at next. Then follows a tour of the southern Mediterranean coast through Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria to Morocco. Turning south again to some of the world's youngest countries in West Africa, Senegal and Mali, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast, Dahomey and Guinea find their place-names which once belonged to poetry but now have a new and dynamic significance. Then on again to Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

British, German and French enterprise in railway building is well represented in Northern Africa, and now, with new mineral wealth, the U.S.A. is taking up the challenge of railway building in what was once the Dark Continent.

Many of these lands are redolent with history: the "parts of Libya about Cyrene" have a 100-mile railway where once the Romans colonised. The dreaded, fever-ridden Bight of Benin on the Slave Coast now echoes to the sound of locomotive whistles. The railways run into the shadow of the Ruwenzori Range the Mountains of the Moon-they run to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and deep into the sand seas of the Sahara. This book opens a new casement on the railways of these colourful lands: for those who find romance in the iron road and satisfaction in the work of men's hands, it may well be a magic casement.

For all that, this book is a serious account of the railways. It is packed with facts and as far as possible the story of every railway is brought up to date. Clear maps and many photographs bring the railways to life. It is a book for the reader who really wants to know.

Hardback with dust jacket, 15x22cm, 144 pages, black & white and colour photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good

ISBN: 9780999008379

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