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Please note that the railways in Cyprus (Cyprus Mines Corporation Railway) were of 2 foot 6 inches gauge (762mm) instead of 3 foot, as written with the pictures. Information provided by Roger Griffiths.

At October 2011, the former CMC site at Gemikonagi is closed off and under tight security guard, while being cleared and cleaned of the long-standing industrial pollution. it is not known what, if anything, has happened to the locomotives and other rolling stock that were abandoned there in 1974, but it seems likely that nothing will survive.


Pictures:

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0-4-2T No.1 (Hunslet 846/04) of the former Cyprus Government Railway preserved outside the one-time railway station at Gasi Magusa (Famagusta) - now a government office. The locomotive has not apparently received any care since placed there in 1972 by the British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers and its condition is now becoming a cause for concern. 3 October 2010. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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The former Cyprus Government Railways’ locomotive workshops are still to be found at the rear of the preserved station at Gasi Magusa (Famagusta), complete with shearlegs and hand crane. 3 October 2010. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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The remains of a locomotive watering crane by the old workshops at Gasi Magusa (Famagusta), some 60 years after it watered the last locomotive, as the Cyprus Govenrment Railway closed. 3 October 2010 roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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The combined number and builder’s plate on the smokebox door of 2ft 6 inch (762mm) gauge Baldwin 2-8-2ST No.3 (57790/24), still resting in the park at Guzelyurt (Morphou) 9 October 2011. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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A close-up of the damaged CMC loading jetty showing the remains of the two railway tracks that wagons used to travel on to unload copper ore into ships. The box-like framework attached to the rails is what remains of the conveyor system that replaced wagon traffic. 9 October 2011 roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Cyprus Mining Corporation’s (CMC), loading jetty and abandoned tug boat “London”, at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi), 9 October 2011. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Still standing by the road between the CMC site and loading jetty is this combined traffic light and warning bell, for controlling road traffic when trains were crossing onto the jetty. 9 October 2011. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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CMC four-wheel diesel tractor No.1 preserved as a monument alongside the Lefkosia (Nicosia) to Girne (Kyrenia) dual carriageway road. It is unknown why this locomotive was sited thus as it performed no part in the building of the road. 9 October 2011. roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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The builder’s plate attached to CMC No.1 on its plinth. 9 October 2011 roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 1. 0-4-2T No.1 (Hunslet 846/04) of the former Cyprus Government Railway preserved outside the one-time railway station at Gasi Magusa (Famagusta) - now a government office. The 37 ½ mile CGR was opened by the British in 1904 and closed again in 1951; No.1 is almost the only remaining trace of a once busy railway. Photo taken October 2006 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 2. 3 ft gauge Baldwin 2-8-2ST No.3 (57790/24) of the former Cyprus Mining Corporation, preserved in a park in Guzelyurt (Morphou), its poor condition the result of little or no attention since the sudden closure of CMC’s operations in 1974. Photo taken 1 January 2007. Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 3. The massive 3 ft gauge Baldwin 0-8-2T No.4 (60344/27) of the former Cyprus Mining Corporation lies derelict at the CMC’s abandoned site at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi), on New Year’s Day, 2007. Reportedly this locomotive last worked in 1970 and has stood in the same spot since that time, through the closure of the CMC in 1974, up to the present day. Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 4. 3 ft gauge Plymouth 0-6-0 diesel mechanical and its train of hoppers lie semi-buried, at the Cyprus Mining Corporation’s abandoned site at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi). The train had just arrived at Gemikonagi with a load of copper ore in 1974, when the CMC suddenly closed. It has stood in this spot since then. Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 5: Cyprus Mining Corporation 0-4-0 diesel tractor and a wagon sit forlornly in a depression in the ground at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi). In the left distance can be seen the white buildings of a United Nations military encampment (UNIFCYP), at the time housing troops from Argentina. Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 6: The builder’s plate still attached to Cyprus Mining Corporation 0-4-0 diesel tractor at Gemikonagi(Karavostasi). Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 7: Cyprus Mining Corporation 0-4-0 diesel tractor No. 6 and 0-4-0 diesel mechanical No.9, abandoned at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi). In the far right distance can be seen a concrete structure, once part of the conveyor system that loaded copper ore into ships, with beyond, the sea. Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 8: The tiny Cyprus Mining Corporation 0-4-0 diesel tractor No.1 shelters beneath a tree that has grown up around the locomotive, where she has stood since 1974. Gemikonagi(Karavostasi). Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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Railways in Cyprus 9: The remains of the 3-road former Cyprus Mining Corporation locomotive shed at Gemikonagi (Karavostasi), with 0-4-0 diesel tractor Nos.2 and 3 still standing where they were parked in 1974. Photo taken 1 January 2007 Roger Griffiths; roger.griffiths@hotmail.com


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