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Sousse–Kairouan Decauville railway

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Sousse–Kairouan Decauville railway
Decauville station in Sousse
Un convoi en plein cœur de Sousse (CPA - Gleiser n°44 Alger - Coll. Ch. Attard).gif
Decauville trains in Sousse
Line length64 kilometres (40 mi)
Track gauge600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in)
Route map
km (mi)
0 (0) Sousse
64 (40) Kairouan

The Sousse–Kairouan Decauville railway was a 64 km (40 mi) long 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) gauge Decauville military railway from Sousse to Kairouan in Tunisia. It operated from 1882 to 1896, before it was re-gauged to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in).

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The French army occupied Kairouan in 1881. Pioneers then built the narrow gauge railway from Sousse on the coast to the former capital Kairouan within 3½ months.[1][2] It ran mainly on an old Roman road.[3]

The open-sided carriages arrived before 1 January 1882 in Sousse.[4] The first train transported wounded soldieres on 3 February 1882 from Kairouan to Sousse. The waggons were initially drawn by horses and later by steam locomotives. The railway was regauged from 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge in 1896.[1]

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