Tag Archives: Steam Trains

Eritrea is a Dreamland for Railroad Nostalgics

In Eritrea, steam locomotives from the Italian colonial era are still operating. The railroad routes goes over mountains and through the desert to the Red Sea.
In Eritrea, steam locomotives from the Italian colonial era are still operating. The route is also spectacular: it goes over mountains and through the desert to the Red Sea.

BY MAIKE GRUNWALD | WELT *

Kaum a traveler has ever been in Eritrea, a small country on the Red Sea is known primarily from the news. From its neighbors, especially the archenemy Ethiopia, the country secluded itself for a long time. Until it unexpectedly signed a peace treaty with Ethiopia in July 2018. Continue reading Eritrea is a Dreamland for Railroad Nostalgics

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