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(F) Egyptian (Luxor) Sugar-Cane Railways
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:26 am
We've just got back from a trip to Egypt. On the last day in Luxor we went over to the 'west bank', to see some tombs. On the way out I spotted some narrow gauge track crossing the road, and on the way back we amazed the couple in the opposite seats by totally ignoring the hills behind us and trying to get grab-shots of the track. I've just had a hack around looking for pictures of the stock (we didn't see any).
The cane wagons look like a good project - Sue says we have to finish something first but I'll try to persuade her that rolling-stock doesn't count - but I was wondering whether anyone here can identify the loco's (or indeed find any other pictures online).
I note that there's substantial production down at Aswan as well, but I have no idea whether they have railways. That would make a novel project, though, because the Nubian houses are painted with bright geometric patterns.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:21 am
The second loco (last photo to the right) is from Jenbacher Werke in Austria.
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:11 am
I've found some ...
... but sadly no more of the rolling stock, rats. I quite like the big loco'.
Most of my grab shots are like the ones in the third link here, but here's the scene I first spotted on the way out and was prepared to shoot on the way back.
I thought it might make a decent little diorama, but having seen the stock, it would be quite big.
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:42 am
As I understand it, it is illegal in Egypt to photograph the cane trains (strategic importance and all that) so pictures and information are hard to come by. As usual though, the Narrow Gauge Railway Society had an article and pictures in a past mag. Why aren't we all members?
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:29 am
chris krupa wrote:As I understand it, it is illegal in Egypt to photograph the cane trains (strategic importance and all that) so pictures and information are hard to come by.
I certainly got my knuckles rapped for including a member of the antiquities police in one of my photos, so I can well believe this. <sigh> Another country where I've committed a federal offence.
If the NGRS article has anything more about the big loco', or track plans, could I be cheeky and ask someone to scan and mail me (or indeed tell me the issue if back issues are still available)?
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:11 am
The cars appear to be O & K or Gregg ... at least that is what they likely were before the years and rebuilds/rework took their toll.
I have catalogs for both companies.
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:54 am
The big green one with the lettering looking like "IA" on the cab is a (locally rebuilt?) Diema.
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:01 pm
Great, thanks about the Diema idea. Now I can have a bit more of a look. (And whilst Sue's away, I might buy a donor chassis.
Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:16 pm
A number of pictures of Eygptian sugar cane lines, photographed in January 2009, are available at:
Then click on 'Agypten'