1. This scene-setting film gives an insight into the history and operations of Egypt’s single most important station. With an informative commentary by Paul Quince, the film shows this busy and atmospheric station’s location within Cairo, with modern and rare archive film of the former Pont Limun station, Ramses Square and the station approaches.

    The film explores the historic trainshed and concourse, with modern and 1950s clips, before moving to the railway movements. As well as modern diesel operations, with Henschel and General Motors locomotives, there is also rare archive footage of steam-hauled trains and one of the early British Vulcan diesel locomotives. Cairo Central has also been known as Bab el-Hadid and Ramses station. Run-time 7 mins 47 seconds (shot 2004).

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  2. Moving beyond the famous and atmospheric Cairo Central station, this film explores both of Cairo’s modern metro lines, complete with maps, on-screen explanatory captions and full informative commentary by Paul Quince.

    After an overview of French-built Line 1, with reference to the Helwan suburban line it replaced and tickets, the action moves to the historic Cairo suburb of Mar Girgis. With half a dozen north-bound and south-bound trains arriving and departing, plus views of the station and its surroundings overlooked by St George’s Church, this gives a real feeling for the location.

    The film then moves to explore Japanese-built Line 2, with a squeaky west-bound arrival at Opera station, located underneath the Nile island of Zamalek. The action then moves to Cairo’s modern northern suburbs with views of north-bound and south-bound trains at elevated Agricultural Faculty station near Line 2’s northern terminus of Shubra el-Kheima. Run-time 8 mins 19 seconds (shot 2004).

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  3. The first of two films about Tanta introduces this important and vibrant junction at the heart of Egypt’s Nile Delta region. With useful maps, on-screen explanatory captions and a full informative commentary from Paul Quince, the viewer can make sense of the complicated nature of train destinations, reversals and types at Tanta Junction.

    As well as the beautiful station building, the film follows trains 14, 465, 230 and train 10 pausing in the up loop platform while it is overtaken at speed by turbotrain 904, and then resuming its journey to Cairo. For a complete reference to the trains featured in this film, their classes, destinations and calling points, see our translated 2004 timetable. Run-time 8 mins 28 seconds (shot 2004).

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  4. Venturing north of Cairo into the fertile Nile Delta area, with useful maps, on-screen explanatory captions and a full informative commentary from Paul Quince, this fascinating film reveals the operations of the main Cairo to Alexandria mainline.

    Thanks to expertly-chosen lineside vantage points, this film gives the full range of Egyptian Railways locomotive and passenger train types. At pretty Difra station in the countryside south of Tanta we see the friendly staff and trains 21, 915, 918, 966 and 1909 passing at speed. North of Tanta at rural Shubra el-Nimla, 916 turbo, 21, 16, 919, 20 and 922 speed north and south.

    Finally the film moves to the historic Nile bridge at Kafr el-Zayat where the camera records trains 902 and 903 passing. For a complete reference to the trains featured in this film, their classes, destinations and calling points, see our translated 2004 timetable. Run-time 10 mins 45 seconds (shot 2004).

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  5. This film concentrates on railway operations serving the historic Mediterranean port and resort city of Alexandria and its suburbs. With useful maps, on-screen explanatory captions and a full informative commentary from Paul Quince, we start at the ancient harbour with views of trams in Zaghlul Square.

    The film covers Alexandria’s 3 stations, starting with a very quick visit to forgotten Moharrem Bey on the Western Desert Line before focussing on the elegant 1926 Alexandria Misr terminus as sleeper train 83 arrives. Following the mainline east to Sidi Gaber station, the film then moves to the seaside suburban terminus at Abu Qir. Here, we watch the terminal operations of Alexandria’s intensive diesel-hauled push-pull operations, with a number of trains arriving and departing Abu Qir. Run-time 10 mins 34 seconds (shot 2004).

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Egyptian Railways Diwan

Mark Goldfinch

These movies are short snippets and trailers shot on location around Cairo, the Nile Delta, Tanta and Alexandria in September 2004. Some less likely locations are included, such as Santa. Longer versions are available at http://www.egyptianrailways.com

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