Saturday, February 16, 2008

Train Ride from Ebute Meta Station to Ijoko Station

Today I went on a Nigerian Field Society trip, which was a 30km train ride from Ebute Meta Station to Ijoko Station and back. The trip was organized by Legacy, a registered NGO (Non-Government Organization) founded by a group of Nigerians and Non-Nigerians interested in preserving historic buildings, monuments and the built environment for the benefit of future generations. The train we rode was one that Legacy had restored and it even had air conditioning. There is a commuter train that ues the same route to run one round trip daily for a small fee of 70 Naira (less than $0.5US) one way. While the fee is small, the time commitment is large. The 30km trip took about 1.5 hours as the tracks go right through a very populated market area called Oshodi and the train must pass through slowly enough that no one gets hurt.

At the Ebute Meta Station

Enroute to Ijoko

In Ojoko