South Sudan: Wau photos 2011

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South Sudan: Wau photos 2011

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Photos taken by John Ashworth, 20th October 2011

The last train was in August but they are expecting another one in the next few days. Hopefully it will arrive while I'm still here.
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Wau Station
Wau Station
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Station sign
Station sign
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The Catholic Bishop of Tombura-Yambio (left) poses with our guide, Santino, who worked on the railways for 51 years
The Catholic Bishop of Tombura-Yambio (left) poses with our guide, Santino, who worked on the railways for 51 years
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A pair of vehicles standing in the station
A pair of vehicles standing in the station
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Passenger type vehicle or caboose
Passenger type vehicle or caboose
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Built in Leeds 1927!
Built in Leeds 1927!
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Box van
Box van
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Box van
Box van
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One type of coupler...
One type of coupler...
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And a different type on the box van. Apparently they jerry-rig it with a thick pin and safety chains
And a different type on the box van. Apparently they jerry-rig it with a thick pin and safety chains
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Points and points lever
Points and points lever
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Another points lever
Another points lever
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Our security escort, Chol, demonstrates yet another points lever
Our security escort, Chol, demonstrates yet another points lever
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Santino demonstrates another points lever as Chol looks on
Santino demonstrates another points lever as Chol looks on
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Santino indicates the rear of the home signal
Santino indicates the rear of the home signal
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The sun was in the wrong position for a decent photo of the front of the signal
The sun was in the wrong position for a decent photo of the front of the signal
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Whistle board
Whistle board
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What kind of brakes are they using?

They always used to be vacuum but it looks like its changed over to air now.

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Ian, I'm only guessing, but it looks like air. There are no hoses on the vacuum gooseneck, but there are air hoses.
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Sadly the next train didn't arrive during my ten day stay here. Next time, in sha'allah...

Reminds me of the story they used to tell in Sudan of the twice-weekly train that was always hours late. One day they hear it coming from afar and it is EARLY. The mayor rushes out, gathers the police band and a lot of the citizenry, and when the train pulls into the station they give it a rousing welcome. The driver climbs down, looking a little bemused, and the mayor publicly congratulates him on arriving early. The driver replies, "No, I'm last Tuesday's train - I'm three days late!"
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