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Decaying delights

IN A DUSTY YARD surrounded by palm trees in a small city by the Nile in north-eastern Sudan, a rusty old locomotive with peeling grey paint stands in a corner, looking forlorn and forgotten. A faded sign informs that this loco was used by General Kitchener to transport troops as part of the campaign to take back Khartoum in 1897-8.

Nearby is a rusty old Sudan Railways Fire Brigade extinguisher from 1930, a rusty old engineers’ trolley from 1945,

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