FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA?

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FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA?

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Only discussions at present, but fingers crossed.

EGYPT CONSIDERING BUILDING FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA
Also in discussion is another line linking 6th of October to Luxor and Aswan.

CAIROSCENE TEAM
15/12/2018 11:00

Projects for establishing a train interlinking different regions within Egypt, including Luxor to Hurghada and 6th of October to Aswan and Luxor, were discussed on Wednesday in a meeting between Minister of Transportation Hesham Arafat and officials from China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC, reports Egypt Independent.

Adding that a Spanish consultation firm has already arranged for preparatory research on both those ventures, Arafat believes that these projects will help promote tourism as well as facilitate the journey for the increasing number of travelers going to the Red Sea.

Arafat adds that the projects will likely be carried out by the government through the public - private partnership (PPP) and the build-operate-transfer (BOT) system.

These projects come in an effort to increase efficiency and connectivity.

Earlier in 2017, an agreement for USD 739 million electric trains connecting 10th of Ramadan City and New Cairo to the new administrative capital was signed in September by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Chinese company Xi Jinping. In 2015, USD 600 million went into a contract to CCECC for the improvement of Egypt's existing railways.


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Re: FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA?

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I would have thought they would have got the present rail infrustructure sorted first after all the problems there are.

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Re: FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA?

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There is no rail track between Luxor and Hurghada so that would be a big undertaking for a start. It would be cheaper to commence flights between the two locations. Infrastructure already exists and they probably have a few planes knocking around somewhere.
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Well since they have nomads camping out at every mobile phone tower protecting the solar power panels how much more employment would be generated by building a train track?
Price of steel here has gone through the roof just think what you could get for a few kilometers of train rails.

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There is some track laid, but not finished, from I don't know when.
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The track you have seen is the remains of the potash train track which ran from the mines in the mountains to Middle Egypt. I can remember seeing an long wagon train on that many years ago. The track was ripped up and stolen post 2011. It is a different gauge to the passenger train tracks anyway.
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This being Egypt, a camel train would be faster methinks. :lol:
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Indeed it would!
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As long as they don't put an order in for those ghastly 'Voyagers'

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Re: FIRST EXPRESS TRAIN FROM LUXOR TO HURGHADA?

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May well end up with one of these pull me push you rail car like they used in the gold rush. I don't really see any point in it, there are far more pressing things they can invest in.

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