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Italian Locomotive Project in Eritrea

The Italian government restoring four of the eleven surviving steam locomotives in Eritrea
It was all started in 1887. The Italian government funded the complete restoration of the first four of the eleven surviving classic steam locomotives to their original form and shape.

BY ALDO DI BIAGIO *

I believe in the Italian Locomotive project in Eritrea from the very beginning, not only because of its historical-symbolic value but also because of its undisputed strategic value as an incentive for the rehabilitation of relations with Asmara, in restoring confidence in the Italian system as an economic partner and to solicit the regional driving role of our country. Continue reading Italian Locomotive Project in Eritrea

Eritrean Railway: Revealing Mesmerizing Beauty of Eritrea’s Landscape

By Kesete Ghebrehiwet,

The travels along a century old railway network and the still working steam locomotives that have been out of use for decades powerfully mirrors a journey to the past. Everything a traveler finds along this old line is a relic of the past. Such a line reportedly exists only in a couple of countries elsewhere besides Eritrea.

This line calls the attention of both domestic and international tourists. It also rekindles faint memories of those who used to travel to and fro via this line in its bourgeoning stage. And to a new traveler it creates a long lasting impression. Continue reading Eritrean Railway: Revealing Mesmerizing Beauty of Eritrea’s Landscape

Africa’s Seven Must Experience Train Journeys

For railway enthusiasts, travelling on a 1938 Ansaldo Steam Locomotive Train on the Massawa to Asmara railroad is a truly vintage experience

By Samantha Spooner,

THE Massawa – Asamra Train is a truly vintage experience. The Eritrean Railway was constructed between 1887-1932 by Italy for the Italian Eritrea colony and connects the port of Massawa with Bisha, near the Sudanese border. Following decades of war, the railway became damaged and, having rejected international proposals, Eritrea launched a project to rehabilitate the railway system itself in May 1994. Continue reading Africa’s Seven Must Experience Train Journeys