CAIRO: The Egyptian National Railways Museum will be inaugurated Tuesday after renovation work completed, Youm7 reported.
Located at the end of platform 1 of downtown Cairo’s Ramses Station (Mahattat Ramses,) the museum houses old locomotives, including one built for Empress Eugénie on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.The cost of its renovation, which started in 2011, is estimated at 10 million EGP ($1.1,) Transport Minister Saad al Geoushy was quoted by Youm7.
“The idea of building a railway museum first appeared in the 1930s but it was not opened to the public on Jan.1933 mainly to house an international railway conference that was held in Cairo the same year,” said Geoushy.
The two-storey museum contains steam locomotives, royal train carriages, models depicting Egypt’s railway networks, a large collection of photographs, posters, and architectural models of various train stations across the country such as Alexandria’s and Tanta’s, said the minister.
“This museum is not only of national significance but also significant in the history of railways worldwide,” said Geoushy.
The Egyptian railway system is the oldest railway network in Africa and the Middle East region as it operated in 1854. According to the Egyptian National Railways Authority (ENR,) the system is about 7,000 kilometers long and carries about 800 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight annually.