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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #21
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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #22
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Old August 14th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #23
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Does Zimbabwe still have a railway system?
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Old August 14th, 2009, 07:44 PM   #24
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do they really use steam trains, still!?
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Old August 14th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #25
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I think so
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Old August 15th, 2009, 07:51 AM   #26
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Do the steam trains use Zimbabwe Dollar bills as fuel?
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Old August 15th, 2009, 08:12 AM   #27
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Old August 15th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #28
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It IS pretty shocking, isn't it? In the last decade dirt-poor countries like Taiwan and Thailand have either inaugurated modern high-speed lines or at least taken first steps in that direction. And Zimbabwe is still stuck with steam engines?

Now, before anybody explodes: I was being sarchastic. At the end of colonialism the countries of East Africa were significantly wealthier than the countries of South East Asia. 50 years later.... well, shall we say that one part of the world went to work in the Kongfucian way; the other part of the world sat down on their backsides, cannibalising the infrastructure the colonialists had built, while moaning about how badly they'd been exploited by the colonialists.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 09:14 AM   #29
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I don't see anything wrong. I personally find it interesting that steam locomotives are still used is some places.

Just to note, China still actively uses steam locomitives. And, to some extent, they still use em for freight trains on remote railroads in Russia and Ukraine.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #30
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Republic of China (Taiwan) is a pretty rich country.
I don't know why some europeans are so ignorant and full of conceit.

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Old August 15th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #31
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Really today in China, Russia and Ukraina are still regular steam services? I don't think...
@octopusop: no one here has dubt about richness of China
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The last steam locos running in lines belonging to China Minstry of Railway were sold to USA steam fans in 2005. But there are steam locos running in strip mines such as Zhailainuoer and Pingdingshan.

PRChina is a poor country, but ROChina is as rich as France according to my image, just because of no Tyrant Mao in her history.

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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:32 AM   #33
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Republic of China (Taiwan) is a pretty rich country.
I don't know why some europeans are so ignorant and full of conceit.
Octopusop, can't you read or are you just trying to pull my leg?

Immediately following my - deliberately erroneous - statement about "poverty" in Eastern Asia I wrote:"Now, before anybody explodes: I was being sarchastic." And if you keep on reading you'll understand that the centre point of my sarchasm was the fact that 60 years ago the Asian economies WERE poor compared to East Africa. My intention was, of course, to link the impressive 20th century growth in Asia and the absense of growth in Africa to a difference in attitudes - including toward railways.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 08:35 AM   #34
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Amazing photos but how recent are they? Does anyone know the current state of the railways in Zimbabwe?
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 06:13 PM   #35
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Amazing photos but how recent are they? Does anyone know the current state of the railways in Zimbabwe?
Good question

i think it's same, because the latest picture I found is this:



You can check here, (select Zimbabwe in search engine).
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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:31 AM   #36
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great thread but pictures in post #7 to #20 are not viewable now.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #37
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At the end of colonialism the countries of East Africa were significantly wealthier than the countries of South East Asia. 50 years later.... well, shall we say that one part of the world went to work in the Kongfucian way; the other part of the world sat down on their backsides, cannibalising the infrastructure the colonialists had built, while moaning about how badly they'd been exploited by the colonialists.
Hey, you must be talking about Latvia
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Old September 26th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #38
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great thread but pictures in post #7 to #20 are not viewable now.
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