The first train to make the Cairo to Ismailia journey since the June 1957 war with Israel left Cairo's Misr Station on Sunday (3 March).
SV.Train in Misr station Central Cairo (2 shots)
SV Passengers boarding train
TRACKING SHOT Train leaves station
SV INTERIOR Passengers seated (5 shots)
TRACKING SHOTS Train through stations with people waving (4 shots)
SCU Ismailia station; UN official observing
SV Stationary train in Ismailia Station with crowd and cheering (3 shots)
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Background: The first train to make the Cairo to Ismailia journey since the June 1957 war with Israel left Cairo's Misr Station on Sunday (3 March).
Joyful people lined the 90-mile (145-kilometre) track as the historic journey progressed towards the terminus on the Suez Canal.
Among the celebrities aboard was Minister of Communications, Said El Husseiny Abdel Latif.
This is yet another sign of the easing of tension along the Suez Canal. On the same day, Israel gave up its last hold -- captured in last year's October war -- on the East Bank of the Suez Canal to the United Nations peace-keeping force -- the final phase in the disengagement of Egyptian and Israeli forces.
On the following day (Monday) Egyptian troops stood along the entire length of both banks of the Canal for the first time in seven years. The new Israeli front line will be 12.5 miles (20 kilometres) back from the waterway, in front of the Sinai Desert's strategic Mitla and Giddi passes.