A Train in the Bush

Gaël Turine

The train linking Ivory Coast to the Burkinabe capital is a tribute to slowness. This line is one of the oldest and longest in West Africa: 1,145 kilometres of tracks, which the train, ironically called “the Express”, takes an average of thirty-two hours to travel.

Used to transport 200,000 passengers and 900,000 tonnes of freight each year, deserving 36 stations, it is more than just a railroad, it is a lifeline for the region. And a window into the many faces of sub-Saharan Africa, its deep-rooted traditions and metamorphoses.

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