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First Steam Train in N. Nigeria


The first steam engine train to work in Northern Nigeria in 1901 can still be seen at the railway platform at Minna station. It was 0-6-07 x 12" two cylinder 2.6" gauge locomotive built by Hunslet Engine Company, England; and it ran on the 12" Wushishi-Zungeru-Barijuko Tramway back then to even haul the first train across the Kaduna river. The steam engine facilitated construction works on the railway road that linked Zungeru to Wushishi. Image courtesy of Nigerian Bulletin


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