Today in History: 22 January 1856 Alexandria-Cairo line 211 km. completed and opened to operation

Today in History
January 22, 1856 Alexandria-Cairo line 211 km. was completed and put into operation. This line was the first railway built in Ottoman lands. This project aimed to connect the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. When the Suez Canal project came to the agenda, the railway was not extended to the Red Sea, but in 1858 it was extended to Suez and a total of 353 km. happened. This project is the first railway line of the African continent built outside Europe.

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