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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4 (August 1, 1927)

Egyptian Railway Enterprise

Egyptian Railway Enterprise

One of the most notable attractions to tourists to Egypt is the enterprise of the Egyptian Government, who have changed the old narrowgauge railway between Luxor and Assuan into a standard one, allowing, therefore, of a continuous run from Cairo to the wharf at Shellal for those who are either staying at the Great Dam or proceeding by Soudan Government steamer farther south. In the past passengers have caught the night mail at Cairo so as to arrive at Luxor next morning, when they had to change into another coach for a day's journey through the grit and glare for Assuan. Now they will be saved all that discomfort, and be readier for that night-long experience of the desert between Wadi Halfa and Abu Hammed, where the river makes a 400-mile bend, and the stations have no names, but only numbers, on their way to Atbara, Khartoum, and beyond.