Trains, Boats and Engines in Egypt.
Egyptian Nile Cruise Boats, arabaya, buses, faluka, railway engines which were all spotted and photographed around Luxor, Aswan and Cairo (and the River Nile) in Egypt.
Egypt - Luxor - River Nile Cruise Boats, Buses, Barges and trains.
Whilst on holiday in Luxor we got around quite a lot and spotted several interesting "mechanical and motorized..." things to photograph - arabayas (the local buses), caleches and a nice old Lister engine which was being used to pump water into the fields for irrigation in the South
Bank. We also found a couple of railway engines plus some carriages to photo at Luxor station and out in the countryside several narrow gauge
railway wagons loaded up with cane and later we were lucky enought to also see the small engine.
There are of course lots of different boats and barges etc. moving
around on the River Nile at Luxor - needless to say there are quite a few photos of them below.
Also we enjoyed a day trip on a small Nile cruise ship from Luxor up to Quena to tour round Dendarah Temple and we have several photographs of some of the boats and barges seen along the way as well as several faluka.
These photos above were taken at Luxor's Railway Station one early evening. We were actually invited up into the signal box and had a chat with the
signalman as well as a good look round there too - the various signal and points controls were really ancient - I can remember seeing similar controls to these many years ago in signal boxes on the Southern Region in England. There did seem to be a lot of modernisation work going on at Luxor railway station.
The first two of the above photos are of loaded sugar cane wagons which we spotted whilst walking back from visiting the tombs out in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens
on Luxor's West Bank - and later on during our walk back we were lucky enough to see the engine too. The small engine on the right was busy shunting wagons and spotted along the River Nile whilst on our Luxor to Dendarah Temple boat trip.
roam Luxor's streets braving the impatient taxis and coaches whilst touting for customers.
The majority of them are beautifully painted and decorated - around 11PM many of them head home - we counted more than 40 of them racing along towards Karnak one evening.
are Luxor's local buses and can be seen racing around both sides of the River - they are actually pick-up trucks with a fairly low metal or wooden cabin. Some of them have really nice decorative paintwork on the outside -inside the seats are simply wooden benches.
Arabaya's are the main way of getting around for local people - the fares are just a few Egyptian Pounds - for instance you can get from the Worker's Ferry on the West Bank to the Valley of the Queens Ticket Office for 5LE.
These variety of boat pictures were taken in and around Aswan, Southern Egypt.
Aswan is a very laid back Egyptian City and even
more laid back if you do what many people do a lot of the time, drift around under sail on The River Nile on an old felucca.. There are several small islands on the Nile
around Aswan and therefore quite a few little local ferries can be seen scuttling too and fro. Aswan is also the end of the line for hotel cruise boats
which sail down from Luxor since the Aswan High Dam is apparently just a bit too high to wriggle over for any boat with ambitions of heading further South.
Boats, buses, taxis and tuk-tuks in Cairo, Egypt.
Quite a few of these photos below were taken
whilst wandering around Downtown Cairo - these days large boats such as the hotel cruise boats cannot get this far up the River Nile. Still there is a lot going on around the river to make things interesting to watch.
In the northern part of the City there is a nice old bridge which sits atop the original Nile Barrage where the Nile splits into its two channels Damietta and Rosetta (there are also four small canals there). The bridge
this still has it's tracked lifting gear running right along the sides of the bridge - please see the photograph on the left.
Other interesting bits and pieces from around Egypt.
These are just a few other "transport related" photos of things we saw whilst out and about in Egypt. The small railway signal box was
next to a sort of level crossing at which we had had to stop to wait for a train to (eventually) trundle past. The chaos and noise was incredible once the train had gone through with every vehicle scrambling for that
first available 6 inches of space as the traffic started moving.
The large water pump engine shown below bottom middle was on display at one of the lovely coptic monasteries out in the desert at Wadi Natrun - north of Cairo.
- These are some of our items about Egypt which may be of interest:
- Aswan Touring and Holiday Guide and Photos
- Visiting The southern Nile City of Aswan in Egypt - travelling to Aswan, hotels, restaurants, markets, things to do.
- Cairo Holiday, Sightseeing and Photos Guide
- About visiting Cairo, the airport, taxis, getting around, sightseeing, staying alive on the roads, eating in Cairo.
- Visiting Wadi El Natrun Monasteries in Egypt
- Touring Deir Anba Bishoi, Deir el-Baramus and Deir al-Suryani Monasteries at Wadi el Natrun in Egypt.
- Dendarah Temple Visit along The Nile in Egypt
- Boat trip to Dendarah Temple on the River Nile, Qena: Hathor Temple, Roman Birthhouse, Dendarah Temple Wall Releifs.
- Luxor Egypt Holiday and Sightseeing Guide and Photos
- Luxor is the starting point to see some of the world's most amazing archaeological sites and lots to see.
- Luxor Canal Walk beside the River Nile
- Luxor Egypt canal walk - an esy 8km wander around part of the Canals and Countryside out on Luxor's West Bank.
- Egypt touring and travel guides and Photos Our Home Page - shows all of our topics about Egypt.
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