EGYPT: Korban Bairam

The Alexandria-Cairo express that most tourists know is one of the most luxurious trains in Africa. A huge locomotive, a line of snow white Pullmans, each window equipped with sunshields, Venetian blinds, it lies by the Alexandria dockside and makes the 150 miles over the flat delta to Cairo in three hours. But there are other humbler Cairo expresses.

One of them was hitched together last week in the Alexandria yards. It was the second day of Korban Bairam, four-day Mohammedan feast commemorating Abraham's sacrifice to God of a ram instead of his firstborn son...

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