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Friday, October 07, 2011
trainspotting in kabul?
I wouldn't recommend it at the moment - as far as I can work out Afghanistan has only ever had a 7km roadside steam tramway, and some of the locals would see western trainspotters as fair game! There are 3 surviving steam engines in Kabul (see above) from this line.
However I've just watched the BBC news in which a senior military spokesman has said that the best option to allow Afghanistan to thrive is to construct a railway network. What a superb idea. It would tie the country together, make imports and exports far easier, give employment and show that Afghanistan is thinking about the future. Interesting that no-one's suggesting road improvements! This is really enlightened thinking and hopefully it will happen, though I suspect it's a country I'll never quite build up the enthusiasm to visit - unless they reopen that steam tramway!