World Railways Photograph Catalogue - Restoration & Archiving Trust

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This marked up map is reproduced here thanks to Pierre-Noel Rietsch whose Camrail site provides information & photographs regarding the recent railway operations in Cameroon.

The pictures displayed in the attached gallery relate to a much earlier era in railway development here. These date back to the period around 1916 following the takeover of the then German colony by British & French forces. As no information was received with the glass negatives it is a matter of pure speculation as to what they depict. They were most likely taken by a British Army engineer as most relate to the repair of a bridge over the Mombe brook? probably damaged during the conflict. As French forces captured the major part of Kamerun, these are somewhere on the western line from Douala to Nsongkamba, the first section of which to Njombe (89km) had been opened in 1909. The remaining section to Nkongsamba (160km) opened in 1911 with any plans for further extension on towards Lake Chad having been abandoned due to the difficult terrain.

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