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Remembered Today:

WW1 German Gunboat


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A lady friend served in Togo in the Peace Corps in the early 1960's, the country is long and narrow, north and south, and she told me that the railroad and rolling stock put in by the Germans almost 100 years before, running up and down the country, were still running, despite, I am sure, considerable mis-maintainence and abuse. (A close friend has run four railroads in Africa, the problems are hair-raising. In one country, in the north, most of the rail was stolen, and service could not be maintained.) But the trains ran so slowly that she said that if you wanted to stretch your legs you could jump out and trot alongside for a while. Could be poetic license. I bet the gear was made very well, and runs at very low pressure.

Bob Lembke

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