Lost train found in Egyptian desert after eight years

The train disappeared in 2006 due to 150km of stolen train track.
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Egyptian rail authorities have spotted a train eight years after it disappeared in the country’s Western Desert, reports Gulf News.

The train’s last journey was in 2006 when it travelled from the town of Dakhla in the north-western province of New Valley and did not return.

Investigations revealed that thieves had stolen 150km of train track in the area, making the train’s return impossible. The whereabouts of the train's driver remains unknown.

The state-run rail service formed a special committee to plan for the restoration of the German-made Henschel train, inviting bids to carry coaches of the train and hand them back to the authorities. The project is expected to begin early next year.

Egypt has one of the world’s earliest train systems, but the service has deteriorated in recent years amid frequent crashes.

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