This extraordinary film delves deeper into the rural hinterland of Egypt’s fertile Nile Delta region, far beyond the travels of most visitors to Egypt. With expertly-chosen locations, useful maps, on-screen explanatory captions and a full informative commentary from Paul Quince, the film begins on the important east-west route at Santa Junction station, where semaphore signals ensure trains 233 and 232 may pass safely.

Then the action moves to Muhallet Ruh, another rural junction where captions translate the station announcer as train 967 arrives. After a brief look at Samanud, the action moves north to record the locomotive of train 967 running round its carriages at Mansura, again protected by lower-quadrant semaphore signals, before resuming its journey north to Damietta.

The film concludes with a journey over the Mansoura Nile bridge and views of the Talkha Triangle on its western side. For a complete reference to the trains featured in this film, their classes, destinations and calling points, see our translated 2004 timetable. Run-time 11 mins 29 seconds (shot 2004).

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