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A trip back in time on Lebanon’s disappearing railway

Lebanon’s 408km of railway once connected the country to its neighbours, but today the train stations stand abandoned.

Changiz M Varzi | 01 May 2016

In August 1895, the first steam train departed from Beirut and passed across the Bekaa Valley towards Rayak station, near the border with modern-day Syria. It was the golden age of rail transport in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s 408km of railway once connected Beirut to Damascus, Syria, and Haifa, a coastal city in present-day Israel. Today, there is nothing left but dilapidated station buildings and rusted locomotives. The Lebanese civil war, which ran from 1975 to 1990, effectively put an end to rail transport in the country.

Some train stations were demolished by warring factions during the civil war; others were later bulldozed for highway projects; still others have simply been left abandoned. Historic locomotives rust at Rayak and Tripoli stations, while in Europe, the same engines are preserved in museums.

Annia Ciezadlo shared this link. photoessay by Changiz M. Varzi!
Click for the pictures. Pretty sad.
If you want to a have a good impression of Beirut before the civil war, see the pictures in the next link
Karim A. Badra shared AL RIFAI. 

We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we can surely enjoy taking the road back in time!

Meet the Paris of the Middle East. The Lebanese Golden age and the beautiful old Beirut gathered in one photo album from the 50’s to the 70’s.




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