“Le Lézard Rouge (The Red Lizard train)” – is a century-old narrow-gauge railway whose red cars take passengers through the spectacular 9-mile long Selja Gorge, amidst walls of red rock which rise over 300 meters above the train. The Red Lizard is a 19th century French-built passenger train that runs through the red and pink rocks, split by canyons of Northern Africa’s Atlas Mountains in Tunisia.
This is one of the most spectacular train trips, with unforgettable scenery. This old fashioned train travels through stony desert landscapes, mountains tunnels, steel bridges, water springs, deep gorges, but also stops at green oases.
The train and track were built in 1910 by the French to transport phosphate from the mines of Metaloui, but is now used primarily as a tourist attraction. Nowadays, the only way to visit the gorges of Selja is by train. The old-fashioned train leaves every day around 10 am from the station of Meltaoui (about 40kms from Tozeur) and the train line follows an old mining track. The average speed is 40 km per hour.
The interior and atmosphere of this train of two century ago has been preserved up to nowadays. The train consists of several types of wagons designed. In one type of the wagons there are red plush divans, leather arm-chairs and even French porcelain lavatory pans.
The train returns after hour of the same way it has come – giving you a second chance to take pictures if you missed the first time!
Source: Unique Travel Destinations