African Rails: Railways of Africa

About African Rails (Railways of Africa)

African Rails is a book of Trains, Steam Locomotives, Railways, and Rolling Stock. There are people who are addicted to rails. These people are sometimes called railway buffs, trainspotters, or simply train junkies. If you identify as such, or if the following quotes make you remember, then the African Rails page speaks your language.

Featured Image: Photo of East African Railways Tribal Class 3020 “Nyaturu” at Kijabe Station. 📷 by Georg Trüb

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go by Georges Simenon

“That feeling about trains, for instance. Of course, he had long outgrown the boyish glamour of the steam engine. Yet there was something that had an appeal for him in trains, especially in night trains, which always put queer, vaguely improper notions into his head.”

The Railways of the World by Protheroe Ernest

“Even those who have no knowledge of the technicalities of locomotive design are interested in the railway engine; it seizes upon the fanciful mind of a child, and its appeal grows rather than lessens with the passing years because the adult mind better grasps the far-reaching utility of a contrivance that has contributed more to happiness than any other invention. Nor has the advent of electric traction robbed the steam locomotive of any of its fascination. An electric train, with its comparative silence and smoothness, somehow appeals less to the imagination than one headed by a throbbing, panting monster, which seems alive in hauling its load against time.”

What’s on African Rails

By following African Rails (Railways of Africa), you’ll get to share and learn about railways in Africa and topics such us;

  • Rail Routes and Journeys
  • Railway History Africa
  • Passenger Trains Africa
  • Railway Museums Africa
  • Luxury Trains Africa
  • Old Trains Africa
  • New Trains Africa
  • Old Locomotives of Africa
  • Rail Tours in Africa
  • Railway Jobs in Africa

Pages about African Rails

  • Kenya Railways
  • Old East Africa Railways and Harbors
  • Tanzania Railways
  • Tanzania and Zambia Railways (TAZARA)
  • Railways of Africa Videos
  • Railways of Africa Books

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