What’s Left of Lebanon’s Railway in 10+ Amazing Photos

’s railway was 400 km long. It connected to Damascus and Haifa. Unfortunately, the train stations have been abandoned because of the .

The system was built in the 1890s by a French company when was under the Ottoman rule. Today, there is nothing left but station buildings and trains in ruins.

In 1895, was connected to Damascus. The railway track became part of the Hejaz line which ran from ’s capital to Medina, .

In 1942, troops from and New Zealand built the railways along the coastal line from Naqoura to .

had train tunnels, snow shed tunnels, train bridges, and different types of stations.

The trains survived World War I and World War II but not the which marked the end of the railway’s heyday.

The Lebanese NGO Train/Train is calling the authorities to revive the railways which will lead to a significant decrease in traffic.

Reviving the railway on the coast could be beneficial for those who in the north, such as , and work in since they can avoid traffic.

Ironically, people who worked in this industry are still getting paid.

People often visit the abandoned stations to learn about the past and take artsy pictures.

misses the trains’ whistles!

Will we ever hear them?


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