Fieldtrip Fridays!

It will soon be three years since we came to Lagos as a family, high time to get out more  hence my Fieldtrip Fridays challenge to do a field trip every Friday.  Getting out’s been an issue because of security and traffic but no more excuses – we kicked off our Fieldtrip Fridays challenge with a visit to the Railway museum in Ebute Metta.

Entrance sign for the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Ebute-metta

Entrance sign for the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Ebute-metta

Railways were here before ‘Nigeria’ existed.  The British built them to transport  resources during colonial times.  After they left the railways went into decline, although the Chinese are now bringing them back!  The Railway compound houses a lot of Federal buildings along with the small Railway Museum.  There’s not a whole lot there but well worth an hour or so visit.  There’s open space for children to play or lunch on the grass and Seun the curator is very knowledgeable about Nigerian history and the artefacts on display.

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Ms Seun Adeniyi - curator

Ms Seun Adeniyi – curator

Amaru had a great time inspecting the railway carriages and tracks.

Original timber tracks from late 19th/early 20th century

Original timber tracks from late 19th/early 20th century

an old Railway Car

an old railway car

An air alarm - honk - train coming!

An air alarm – honk – train coming!

Inside the museum are a pictures and artefacts from the railway era and a bit of Nigerian history in general.IMG_1452IMG_1451  – please excuse the quality of my railway map pic.  You can still get the train from Lagos up to Kano with a few stops on the way. It takes 3-4 days depending on delays.

We saved the best till last – an amazing vintage railway set complete with steam train that actually moves (when the power’s working!).  What a great way to round off the tour!

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Hope you have enjoyed the first episode of our Fieldtrip Fridays.  Would love to hear your thoughts!

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