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Les tramways belges en Egypte (1894-1960) par R. Dussart-Desart (in French)
This book describes the detailed history of the tramways of Cairo, Heliopolis, Alexandria, Port Saïd and of the light railways in the Lower Egypt and Fayoum areas.
All those networks were financed or equipped by Belgians in the 1864-1960 period, the last of them being nationalized in 1960.
Several pages also illustrate the networks of Cairo, Heliopolis and Alexandria in the sixties, the seventies and in 1980 and in 1992. Two pages are devoted to Belgian tramways preserved today in Cairo and Heliopolis. The book analyses the various joint ventures between those undertakings (ranging from rolling stock overhaul to exchange of “spies”) and the history of their subsidiary companies active in the fields of the generation of electricity and of the production of rolling stock.
This study is based on an in-depth survey of the archives of the operators, several trips on-site and thirty years of exchanges with witnesses of the development of those networks. Beyond an historical approach describing the harsh realities of another era, the author tries to add a touch of humor and of humanity. The life of the people who built and operated those tramways, whether Egyptians or expatriates, is dealt with too.
172 pages A4 on glossy paper 115 g/m², hardcover, 296 illustrations including 231 photos, postcards and artefacts, 33 tickets, 16 network maps, 7 paintings by P. Meeuwig, 6 shares, 3 technical drawings.
Edited by Tramania asbl.
Price : 39 EUR (incl. shipment to Belgium). If shipped to Europe : 48 EUR
Out of the press by September 5th, for the opening of the exhibition « Made in Belgium » at the Ecomusée de Bois-du-Luc (Belgium). From September 5th until December 4th.
Tramania collaborates with the exhibition “Chine – Belgique, 120 ans d’histoire partagée”. It will take place at:
– Brussels from April 4th until 22nd, from 8:00 until 18:00. Closed by April, 9th, 16th, 17th.
Place: University ULB, Foyer culturel, Campus du Solbosch (bâtiment F1), avenue Paul Héger 22-24, 1050 Bruxelles.
– Tianjin (Tientsin) (at a later date).
At this occasion, Tramania publishes a book about the trams of Tientsin:
68 pages in colour, more than 90 illustrations, maps of the city, the tram network, tracks and depots.
The book describes in detail a fantastic human adventure with a background of hard events in China during the first half of the 20th century.
A choice has been made between private collections and archives from the Belgian tram company of Tientsin, kept by the National Archives AGR, most of them have never been published.
The book is available and ready for shipment. (available in French only)
16 EUR (Belgium – P&P included)
20 EUR (rest of Europe – P&P included)
22 EUR (China and rest of world – P&P included)
this amount can be paid on the account of TRAMANIA asbl (no checks):
IBAN BE41 0001 3319 1710
The book “Les tramways de Tientsin” is now available through this site.
TRAMANIA takes part to the exhibition “Chine – Belgique, 120 ans d’histoire partagée” with a section about the “tramways in Tientsin”
Dates: from April 4th until 22nd. Closed : April 9th, 16th, 17th.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday, from 8:00 until 18:00.
Place: Brussels University ULB, Foyer culturel, Campus du Solbosch (bâtiment F1), avenue Paul Héger 22-24, 1050 Bruxelles.
Public transport: STIB tramways 25 and 94, bus 71 and 72
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