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I finally got a hold of the book that was of was of interest during the summer of 1969 I was with a Youth Group in Israel , I had seen the rails outside of Haifa, Israel and had heard that this was the Hedaz Railway Line Haifa, [Palestine Later on Israel] -Deraa [Jordan] Branch Line to Haifa Port going to Jordan Valley Via Shemmamia, Tel Shemmam, Afule, Shatta then to Beisan, Jisr Al Mejami to Samakh and across the Jordan, and saw part of the line between Afule and Jenin the going towards Nablus I recall seeing a narrow gauge can sitting near Nablus, saw the railway bridges across the Jordan River.
 
Before May 1906 before linking to the Hejaz Railway Main Line The Haifa-Deraa Branch Line on Page 54 of Nicholson Book on the Hejaz Railway.
- 1902 Rolling Stock 6 Krass Tank Engines, 8 Passenger Coaches and 62 Wagons.
- 1905 4 Hohenzollern [Dusseldorf] 0-6-0T's were built for the Haifa Branch
- 1907 4 Henschel & Sons of Cassell Provide 2-4-6-0 Compound Mallets
 
With the purchase of this book several questions were answered, I did not know that Akko [Acre] was connected to this line in 1911-1913 only 18 kilometers it was rejected as a port because of an inferior harbour However in 1911 it was the capital of the Province and should be included in the system.
 
Then came to my surprise a 250 Meter Long RAMIN Tunnel which was located 9 kilometers south of Sileh on the Afule to Nablus Branch Line, Just south of Sileh Station by 1915 the track reached Nablus and was planned to continue to Jerusalem but it never did get built. This section was never considered part of the Hejaz railway.
 
In a Campaign Series Book titled Megiddo 1918 starting with a map showing the Railway at Be'er Sheba going north towards Ramle & Lydda Where this line connected in to the Jaffa and Jerusalem branch line and outside of Jerusalem was a spur towards Ramallah which could have been connected to Nablus line. Of interest, later on in the book it is gone from the balance of maps while in this book they state that 10 engines were captured at Afule Station on page 50, in the end of the book by the time they reach Aleppo they have captured 89 Engines. Question is: From which Railway: Syrian DHP or The Hejaz?
 
Then while looking at the rolling stock was I surprised a Mosque Car Built at the Naval Arsenal in Constantinople in Turkey What is missing is of interest the Palestine Line Lydda to Qualquilye, Tul Karm to Sebustiye on the Nablus Branch Line. "the Palestine Railway" built by the same people but not apart of the Hejaz Railway
 
Yet it is said that T.E. Lawrence Forces did attack a train outside of Be'er Sheba. This line continued on into the Egyptian Frontier at El Auju then to El Kossaima Include in this is the 1918 list of engines for the Hejaz Railway as follows for 1918 are a total Engines 129 for use on the Hejaz Railway as follows"
 
Hartman (Chemnitz, Germany) with Forty-one Engines
[7] 2-6-0â?Ts
[22] 2-8-0â?Ts
[12] 2-8-2â?Ts 22 Ordered 12 Del, 10 Sent to Java Class D51
 
Krauss (Munich, Germany) With Twenty Engines
[12] 0-6-0Tâ?Ts
[8] 2-8-0â?Ts
 
Jung (Jungenthal Bei Kirchen, Germany) With Nineteen Engines
[7] 2-6-0â?Ts
[12] 2-8-0â?Ts
 
Henschel & Sohn Of Cassell Ten Engines
[4] 2-4-6-0â?Ts Compound Mallet â?oOriginal Haifa-Deraa Lineâ?
[6] 0-6-6-0â?Ts Compound Mallet
 
Le Meuse Ten Engines
[1] 0-4-0T
[3] 0-6-0Tâ?Ts
[3] 2-6-2Ts
[3] 0-10-0Ts
 
Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works Ten Engines
[10] 2-8-0â?Ts
 
Hohenzollern (Dusseldorf, Germany) Eight Engines
[8] 0-6-0Ts
 
Borsig Five Engines
[5] 2-8-0â?Ts
 
Hanomag Four Engines
[4] 2-8-0â?Ts
 
St. Leonard (Liege, Belgium) Two Engines
[2] 0-6-0Ts
 
August 1918 Rolling Stock Passenger Coaches
116 Passenger Coaches
[76] Passenger Coaches Thrid Class
[2] First Class
[3] Second Class
[13] Mixed First and Second Class
[16] Mixed Second and Third Class
[1] Mosque Car Built at the Naval Arsenal in Constantinople
[1] Saloon Car
[3] Service Cars
[35] Baggage Vans
 
August 1918 Freight Stock
Freight 1,034 Wagons
[6] Animal Wagons
[404] Vans
[562] Open Wagons
[61] Tank Wagons
[1] Steam Crane
 
Yours
Jonathan Davidson
 
 
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