Apr
05

Vital rail link reopens in Nigeria – in pictures

posted on April 5th 2013 in Photography & Social with 0 Comments

Associated Press photographer Sunday Alamba depicts the recently reopened railway line in Nigeria, which links the former capital Lagos in the south, to the city of Kano in the north. The completion of the £110m project to rebuild the line, portions of which had been washed away, is a relief for travellers in a country where most earn less than $1 a day and journeys on the crumbling roads are expensive and sometimes dangerous.

A driver in Lagos on the Ooni of Ife train to Kano

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Queuing to buy tickets at a rail terminal in Lagos

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Keen to buy tickets for the journey to Kano

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The business of boarding, in Lagos

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Relieved smiles amid the luggage

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On board the train

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The journey north passes through a market in Kaduna

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Passengers buy drinks and water at a station in Mnna

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A new experience for all

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A abandoned carriage. The state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation rebuilt the southern portion of the line and a Nigerian company handled the rest

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First class sleeper tickets, with a/c …

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… but for others bed is a floorspace in the aisle

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Grocery stalls alongside the railway line

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Families bound for Kano

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A view of the Ooni of Ife train en route

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Image credits: Sunday Alamba/AP

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