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Post by DaveR » Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:43 pm

None of the above, I'm afraid Giscard.

You were probably thinking of 'Lawrence of Parthenay', who famously rode his Brough Superior to the rescue when a marauding tribe from Poitiers threatened the town. But they had all died of boredom before he was needed.

Better luck next time...



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Post by DaveR » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:34 pm

No more Chou Chou trains running through this tunnel...

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Post by NickD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:13 pm

DaveR wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:34 pm
No more Chou Chou trains running through this tunnel...
Cabbageland ? Chou... mmm....looks more like a monument to European stupidity in Africa !

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Post by DaveR » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:44 pm

NickD wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:13 pm
DaveR wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:34 pm
No more Chou Chou trains running through this tunnel...
Cabbageland ? Chou... mmm....looks more like a monument to European stupidity in Africa !
Nick has it. Tell us more...

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Post by NickD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:44 pm

Near Choum in Mauritania. This copied from Wikipedia :

The town stands on a spur of land which carries the major turning-point in the border between Mauritania and the Western Sahara. In the early 1960s, the French colonial authorities in Mauritania wished to build the line from Nouadhibou to Zouérat to exploit the iron ore reserves at Zouérat. The Spanish authorities then responsible for the Western Sahara negotiated to allow the railway to be built through Spanish territory over relatively level desert but imposed conditions unacceptable to the French. The French engineers therefore built the line parallel with the border and tunneled through the Choum hillspur — two kilometres through solid granite just to stay within French territory. The tunnel has been called a "monument to European stupidity in Africa".[2] The absurdity was highlighted when the southern part of the territory of Western Sahara was briefly administered by Mauritania after the Spanish withdrew in 1975/1976. The tunnel is no longer in use and a 5 km section of the railway cuts right through the POLISARIO controlled part of the Western Sahara (21.354867°N 13.012644°W).

I've not been there, closest I went to it was the western end of the railway line near Nouadhibou, saw one of the very long ore trains which took ages to pass.

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Post by NickD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:03 pm

off to search the archives..
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Post by DaveR » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:04 pm

I've been rtying to talk Phil and Steve into going there as part of their trip in May. Video of a couple of Africa Twin riders going through the old tunnel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo_KBe02UMY&t=2s

Over to you Nick...

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Post by NickD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:34 pm

Bet it was nice and cool in that tunnel compared to outside in the desert.

I see Steve has fitted some led spotlights to his tennerlady so maybe it's on the agenda ?....imagine it will be far too scorchio away from the coast by the time they're there in May.

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Post by NickD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:36 pm

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Post by wardy » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:23 pm

Thats funny dave was only looking where exactly is choum, or more to the point, how far is it from the coast and it's a long way. Not discarding a visit there, will have to see how much time we got. Those spots are brill nick , China and ebay......... icon_thumbup

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