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    Reinventing the wheel

    By - 27 de November de 2013, 1:03 pm

    If you like trains, you must love reading Paul Theroux. As all good travel writers, Theroux balances crankiness, curiosity and charm. One of his best books is Dark Star Safari in which he describes his travels through the arteriosclerotic veins – trains, roads, rivers – of Africa.

    Theroux goes down the Nile by train and boat, through the Sudan by train and bush taxi, ferries across Lake Victoria. When he reaches Maputo he is surprised by its rail station:

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    Maputo’s main railway terminal, dating from about 1910, seemed to me the most beautiful station in Africa.  The station with its distinctive iron dome had been designed by Gustave Eiffel and was easily as elegant as his tower in Paris, though hardly more practical. 

    Beautiful but “hardly more practical”

    This is not the message from Chaves, Engerman and Robinson (previous version here-ungated) for the Gold Coast, Nigeria and Sierra Leone: Read more…