10 photos of Lebanon's abandoned railway - The961

10 photos of Lebanon's abandoned railway

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

The system was built in the 1890s by a French company when Lebanon was under the Ottoman rule. Today, there is nothing left but station buildings and trains in ruins. In 1895, Beirut was connected to Damascus. The railway track became part of the Hejaz line which ran from Syria’s capital to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The trains survived World War I and World War II but not the Lebanese Civil War which marked the end of the railway’s heyday.

Al Naqoura

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Mar Mikhael

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Nahr Ibrahim

Riyaq

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Saida

Sawfar

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Tripoli

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