Egyptian rail authorities have spotted a train eight years after it disappeared in the country’s Western Desert, a local newspaper reported on Monday.
The train’s last journey was in 2006 when it moved from the town of Dakhla in the north-western province of New Valley and has since never returned, Al Masry Al Youm newspaper said.
Investigations revealed that thieves had stolen 150km of train track in the area, making the train’s return impossible, according to the report. There was no word about the fate of the train’s driver. The state-run rail service has formed a special committee to plan for the restoration of the German-made Henschel train.
According to the newspaper, the panel has agreed to invite bids from heavy transport companies to carry coaches of the train and hand them back to the authorities. The estimated cost of the train return is around 2 million Egyptian pounds (Dh1.02 million). The transportation operation is expected to begin early next year. Egypt has one of the world’s earliest train systems, but the service has deteriorated in recent years amid frequent crashes.
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