Railways in Egypt 1952-1953 (B&W, 28 mins)
The first half of this DVD is believed to be the first film featuring Egyptian steam in action, shot by Dutchman Albert Nymeyer in 1952 & 1953, when the first diesel-electric locomotives were in use, and diesel railcars had been around for some time. But Atlantics, 4-6-0s, 2-6-0s various tank locos, Stanier 8Fs and even Sentinel steam railcars were still very much in evidence.
The film shows the two Cairo termini, follows the suburban line to Helwan, and the major trunk routes to Alexandria and Luxor. Cab rides in railcars show how European this system appeared, right down to the Wagon-Lits on the Luxor train. Fascinating and unique viewing.
Steam in Turkey Vol. 2 1978 - 1979 (Colour, 25mins)
This footage was shot by Ton Pruissen in 1978 and 1979, and shows operations around Izmir, and along the Kahraman Mara? branch - this latter with 2-6-0s. The classes seen in the Izmir area are largely Mikados and 2-10-0s of various eras, and there are dramatic shots of a triple locomotive heavy freight attacking the steep gradients of the Selçuk Pass. Dramatic scenery, great colour and interesting locomotives.
Background information and printable maps of Egyptian and Turkish railways, plus one station layout, all in PDF format.
Very high quality dubbed stereo sound. The films may be played with sound, but no commentary and may be viewed by chapter.
Produced by - Camden Miniature Steam
Running time - 53 Minutes