Lebanon once had over 400 kilometers of railway lines, some of which connected Beirut to Damascus in Syria and Haifa, a coastal city in present-day Israel. However, today all of the train stations stand abandoned and the locomotives that once ran the line, lay in decay.

One of the many Lebanese wars, the civil war which ran from 1975 to 1990 effectively put an end to rail transportation in the country, and despite many dreams that it shall be restored, this is all looking very unlikely.

In Lebanon, rail stations are entirely forgotten with animals living in the empty train factories countrywide, and plants and trees growing inside the station buildings. I am not sure it was ever meant to be for the Lebanese rail network looking back at it.

There have been many reports done about the absence of public transport in Lebanon and the economic impact it is having on the country, with congestion clogging the country’s main routes and roads.

These roads that are by far the worst that I have ever experienced whilst driving abroad in the last ten years, and without a rail system in place it is hard to see an end in sight to these congestion woes or the high emissions that it brings with it. Let’s hope something can be done, hey?

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A lost engine inside a grand station in ruins

Colour is assisted by the standing water

The nose of this engine is now covered in weeds

Reminds me of Thomas the Tank Engine

I loved the tones in this image. Shot at blue hour last April

Twin engines rust here — a real sight

Reflections make this a nice angle

Looking out, the wheels reflect back

Twins: buy one, get one free

A unique angle showing off the symmetry of the shed

A single engine resides in another shed

Trees grow from this old carriage

Wheels stored outside the Rayak Train yard

The former repair factory floor

More spare parts in this garage

More than 3,000 personnel worked in the Rayak train factory hub during World War II, a Lebanese border town located six kilometers from the Syrian border