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K&K LOST TrainEl Gouna is a completely man-made tourist resort located in eastern Egypt on the Red Sea. There you will find golfing, horseback riding, scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, and snorkeling. There are two main beaches, Zeytuna and Mangroovy, which attract tourists sun-seeking from around the world. El Gouna is known as the “Little Venice of Egypt” due to the canals that allow each house to have its own strip of “beach” even if you may be quite far inland.
Egyptian tuk tukBut just 10 minutes outside of this luxurious area, you will find something very different: an old train left stranded in the desert.
Skeleton crewTalk about lost places. There are just two dirty, rusted, and battered train cars covered in graffiti. The tracks start at a pile of bricks, go under the cars, then simply end in the middle of nowhere. The rails are just long enough for the two cars to sit upon, plus a dozen sleepers (the wood beams that run perpendicular to the rails).
Weather wornThe most likely scenario is that this train was part of a line that was shut down due to maintenance or repair issues, and it was easier to leave these cars here than to haul them to another location. However, accurate information about this train is difficult to, ahem, “track” down.
Tracks to nowhereThe train cars conjure up images of an era full of romance, mystery, and adventure. If they could only talk and tell us where they have been, what they have seen, and where they wish to go.
Last callBut that part is up to you, geocachers. Where will you go next to find romance, mystery, adventure, and maybe a geocache?
“Track” ables?Chugga chugga choo chooThe sun is setting on this trainThe end of a day, and an eraContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
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