• Short Summary

    FIFTY YEARS AFTER LAWRENCE OF ARABIA DESTROYED THE TURKISH-BUILT HEDJAZ RAILROAD THE LINE IS BEING REBUILT.

  • Description

    FIFTY YEARS AFTER LAWRENCE OF ARABIA DESTROYED THE TURKISH-BUILT HEDJAZ RAILROAD THE LINE IS BEING REBUILT.

    THE TURKS BUILT THE LINE FOR TWO REASONS: TO CARRY THE MOSLEM FAITHFUL TO THE HOLY CITY OF MECCA AND AS AN IRON LINK, BINDING ARABIA TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. LEGEND HAS IT THAT TWO MEN DIED FOR EVERY MILE OF TRACK.

    LAWRENCE STARTED HIS RAIDS ALONG THE DESERT TRACK IN MARCH 1917 AND HALF A CENTURY LATER THE WRECKAGE IS STILL THERE. NOW MOSLEM RELIGIOUS LEADERS WANT THE LINE REBUILT TO CARRY THE PILGRIMS TO MECCA ONCE AGAIN.

    IT IS AN 8, MILLION STERLING JOB WITH SYRIA, JORDAN AND SAUDI ARABIA PAYING THE COST AND BRITISH ENGINEERS DOING THE WORK. IT MAY TAKE TWO YEARS BEFORE THE TRAINS RUN AGAIN, PERHAPS LONGER. THREE HUNDRED BRIDGES ARE BEING REPAIRED AND 55 NEW STATIONS BUILT.

    THE HEDJAZ TRACK IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. IT IS A NARROW 42 INCH (108 CENTIMETRE) GAUGE - BUILT THAT WAY BY THE TURKS SO THAT NO ENEMY TRAINS COULD USE IT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA30OMU6Q59QGJW81DI0GO88UCW
    Media URN:
    VLVA30OMU6Q59QGJW81DI0GO88UCW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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