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Glasgow loco undergoing restoration in Nigeria
LEGACY95 based in Lagos, Nigeria is heavily involved in the restoration of a 'North British’ River Class locomotive. The loco in question is the Gudi (River Class 2-8-2 No. 174 NB 26252) which seems to be from the North British works in Glasgow.

Go to to read more about current work on railway heritage in Nigeria. There is a picture of the loco Gudi on page 80.

Industrial heritage in Africa
Mr Ṣọlá Akíntúndé (Trustee and Restorations Committee Lead at LEGACY95 based in Lagos, Nigeria) writes:

The development of Africa’s industry is different from that of most of the world. It
encompasses colonial history and post-colonial African development. It forms an
important part of African cultural development and as such is worthy of preservation
and recording. In particular the history of the railway in Africa is hugely significant in terms of heritage and culture. The railways opened up countries to enable the movement of people and goods and the exploitation of Africa’s mineral and agricultural wealth.
In the 21st century each country has a different story to tell, with many railways
closed and new railways being developed. Many historical remains are about to be
lost, whilst others will be swept away by new development. The memory of some
lines is fading fast, so it is vital that proper collecting and recording takes place
quickly before this part of our history is lost forever.
The preservation of railway heritage is well developed in Europe, Australasia, and
the USA, and is developing rapidly in Asia, with a large number of railway museums
and operating preserved railways providing tourist income. However, whilst each
continent shares some synergies with others, each has its own history and its own
cultural needs.
Similarly, each African nation has its own history and cultural needs but there are
many common characteristics and cultural links among different African countries’
railway heritage.
Collections should be developed to meet the needs of the domestic audience and
the learning requirements of local educational systems and not solely to provide
entertainment for international tourists – although they should not be forgotten as a
vital source of income.

As well as working with colleagues on railway and industrial heritage in Nigeria, Mr Akíntúndé is also part of a group which is developing an Industrial Heritage-based collaborative project between heritage institutions in Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.


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