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By the end of the year in the north of Cyprus will build a railway

By the end of the year in the north of Cyprus will build a railway

20.04.2018
Tags: Cyprus, Railway, Transport, North Cyprus

The Minister of Transport, unrecognized by the world community of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Tolga Atakan, told Havadis TV that by the end of 2018, an 42-kilometer light rail network will be built, which will eventually connect Famagusta, Ercan, Nicosia and Morfu airports. Recall that in the first half of the XX century the railway in Cyprus was. Sometimes trains were prevented by goats and sheep, and then the passengers poured out to play football with the inhabitants of the nearby village.

From 1905 to 1951 year on 76-mile railway, which connected Famagusta with Nicosia and Morfu, 7 348 643 passengers were transported. The trains went twice a day. For example, the morning train departed from Famagusta at 8.35 and arrived in Nicosia at 10.37. On Sundays an additional train was introduced, where the metropolitan residents went to the beaches of Famagusta.

The fuel used was coal. The trip from Nicosia to Famagusta cost in 3-6 pence. Travelers often complained about the slowness of the train - it happened that the most impatient could go a quick step alongside the cars, keeping up with them. From time to time the trains were obstructed by goats and sheep, and then the passengers poured out to play football with the inhabitants of the nearby village.

The peak of the activity of the Cyprus railway occurred during the Second World War - it became the main artery of the country, through which British troops, equipment and ammunition were transported from the port of Famagusta to the Nicosia airfield. After the war, a worn road needed reconstruction. At the beginning of the 50, the colonial authorities decided to close it, motivating it with a lack of funds. The last train left Nicosia in Famagusta 31 December 1951 year.

One of the main problems of the Cyprus railway was, no, not free riders, but ... rivers. If in the summer they melted or completely dried up, then in the winter, during the rainy season, they turned into raging streams that washed everything in its path.

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