Thursday, August 21, 2008

All aboard Saddam Hussein's own train

Saddam Hussein's luxury, private train, equipped with chandeliers and Italian-made curtains, is being put into public service to help ease a train shortage, Iraqi rail officials said yesterday.
The 23-carriage, French-built train was kept in a secret location for three decades and shielded from the widespread looting that followed the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Starting in the near future, the train will ferry passengers between Baghdad and the southern city of Basra, said Karim al-Tamimi, a spokesman for Iraq's rail system.

Read more from The Australian

Watch a BBC news video on the train

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