RailPictures.Net Photo: #262 Hedjaz Railway Jordan/Syria Steam 2-8-2 at Between Damas and Deraa, Syria by Daniel SIMON
 
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» Hedjaz Railway Jordan/Syria (more..)
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» Between Damas and Deraa (more..)
» Between Damas and Deraa, Syria (more..)
» May, 2004
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» #262 (more..)
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The Hartmann Mikado #262 is crossing a nice stone arch bridge on the way from Damas to Deraa. For nearly two years during WW1, British demolition teams worked with their Arab rebel allies to methodically attack and destroy the bridges of the Hedjaz railway system. One of the most prolific of the British attackers was a young army officer named T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia). By his count, Lawrence personally blew up 79 bridges along the railway, becoming so adept that he perfected a technique of leaving a bridge “scientifically shattered”—ruined but still standing. Turkish crews then faced the time-consuming task of dismantling the wreckage before repairs could begin.
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