Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Armoured train, Egypt

Armoured train, Egypt

Taken in 1942 when New Zealand was at war, this image shows an Egyptian train driven by New Zealand army engineers at El Alamein railway station. The many and varied uses of concrete are well illustrated here. The train’s engine is protected by heavy concrete panels on each side which are meant to shield it from bomb splinters and cannon gun attacks from German planes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (PAColl-4161)
Reference: DA-09762

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Cement, marble and dolomite', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5231/armoured-train-egypt (accessed 3 June 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006