Ramses Station: A Step Forward
October 26, 2011 - The Ramses Railway Station in Cairo, Egypt (more commonly known as Misr Station in Egypt) is the world's second oldest train station with one entrance gate and millions of footsteps on its floors. It dates back to 1856 when the first railway connection between Alexandria and Cairo was established before a building was built in 1892. It was upgraded in 1955 and had been subject to demolition at any moment. It is commonly used as a point of travel in Egypt for its numerous train transportations each day to many destinations around the country. As of October 24th, 2011, the Egyptian Minister of Transportation, Ali Zain Al Abideen, cut the ribbons at an opening ceremony to finally open the renovated first phase of the station.
This station had been under-renovation since 2007 and was scheduled to open last March, 2011. However, due to the unrest of the January 25 Revolution and unstable government flow, changes were always in play pushing back the opening numerous times over the past six months. The new phase includes 3 entrance gates, an entrance road for tour buses on the premises (to drop off tourists inside), a parking lot for 300 cars, a mall, several stores, time-schedule screens, and metal-detector security gates. One of the stations most treasured additions is a metal pyramid built with a smaller pyramid inside made out of a crystal-like material called Agraleek in Arabic. This smaller pyramid inside is split into stones with the names of the martyrs who died in the revolution for Egypt.
Unfortunately, up to this point, the first phrase does not include any upgrades to the train cars themselves. The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation has contracted with SIMAF for 20 new train-cars, 116 train-car upgrades (worth 50 million EGP), and 45 sleeper train-cars (450 million EGP) to be added soon. The next phase, which consists of the outer quad outside, is expected to be ready by mid November for a total of 170 million EGP in renovations. Egypt has something to look forward to yet.
Last Updated: 23rd of November, 2011