The 0-4-0+0-4-0T Mallet steam locomotive #440.008 is pulling a mixed freight and passenger train on the steep line between Sheregeni and Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea.
Shunting in the mountain station of Arbaroba.
The 0-4-0+0-4-0T compound Mallet steam locomotive #442.56 (built by Ansaldo in Genova in 1938) is making the climb to Asmara with a mixed freight train. The Eritrean railway is one of the most spe... (more)
The 0-4-0+0-4-0T Mallet steam locomotive #440.008 is seen with a mixed freight and passenger train at the "Devil's Gate" near Sheregeni in Eritrea. This scenic narrow gauge railroad betw... (more)
Recycling in Eritrea.Almost everything is recycled in this country. This old third class passenger car became the home of a family in the suburbs of the country capital Asmara. It is still wearing... (more)
After a hard day out on the line the two Mallets are resting in the warm evening sun in the Asmara shed.
The little steamer 0-4-0T 202 002 has been built in Italy by Breda in 1927. It is still occasionally used for shunting operations in the Asmara yard.
The smaller Mallet 440-008 is getting prepared in the Asmara station for a new run down the line to Ghinda.
Double traction in action
I had been due to fly to Eritrea next week for my fourth trip to the country and its wonderful railway, but sadly the line has been damaged by recent heavy rainfall and the tour has had to be canc... (more)
The Mallet 440#008 is performing some shunting between the Asmara workshops and the yard.
The 0-4-0T 202 002 has been built in Italy by Breda in 1927. This lovely engine is seen here shunting a short freight train in the Asmara yard.