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One of World's Oldest Trains Finds New Home at Suez Canal Museum

The De Lesseps train, one of the world’s oldest trains, was moved to its final stop at the Suez Canal International Museum on Ismailia’s Mohamed Ali Street.

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After seven hours of continuous effort, the Suez Canal Authority managed to move one of the world’s oldest trains to its final stop at the Suez Canal International Museum on Ismailia’s Mohamed Ali Street. 

 

The De Lesseps train - named after railway engineer Ferdinand De Lesseps - consists of two cars, the first of which is 22 metres long and weighs 48 tonnes, and the second of which is 12 metres long and weighs 13 tonnes. The first car is said to have been De Lesseps' private onboard sanctuary.


After arriving from Mansoura at 2:00 AM from Tanta and Zagazig train stations, the relocation saw a series of unprecedented precautionary measures that required active participation from multiple governmental sects including transport officials, and the National Network for Emergencies and Public Safety.