Italian Libya Railways
Italian Libya Railways was a group of small railways built in the Italian colony of Libya between the two World Wars.
The Italian authorities decided to give priority to the construction of roads in Libya when Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian colonies. After 1926 no more railways were made in Libya, but during World War II the need of railways transport to the front during the war in the frontier with British Egypt changed this approach.
In spring 1941 the Italian government started the construction of a new railway between Tripoli  and Benghazi, but by the end of 1942 all was stopped because of the Italian defeat in north Africa: only 18 km were done in Cirenaica.. In the same period was started the enlargement of the "Tripoli-Zuara" until the border with Tunisia (and also these works was blocked by the Italian defeat at El Alamein in November 1942).
Additionally it is noteworthy to pinpoint that an international project was studied for decades, but never done because of excessive financial difficulties:
There were only five small railways:
1) Tripoli-Zuara (118 km):
|Stations||Central: Tripoli||5 km: Gurgi||6 km: Gargaresc||16 km: Janzur||22 km: Saliad||30 km: Lemaia||35 km: EtTuebiaGarg||47 km: EzZauia||56 km: EsSabriaBu-Isa||64 km: Sorman||76 km: SabrathaVulpia||82 km: ZungaelAgelat||100 km: Mellita||118 km: Zuara|
2) Bengazi-Barce (108 km):
|Stations||Central: Bengazi||9 km: Lete||19 km: Benina||30 km: Regima||41 km: GabreGira||49 km: BuMariam||60 km: el-Abiar||76 km: SidiMaius||86 km: Sferi||91 km: Sleaia||97 km: SidiGibrin||108 km: Barce|
3) Tripoli-Garian (90 km):
|Stations||Central: Tripoli||5 km: Gurgi||6 km: Gargaresc||19 km: ElMisciasta||24 km: EnNgila||29 km: SuaniBenAdem||35 km: BirElMiamin||43 km: UmmelAdem||50 km: ElAzizia||83 km: HenscirElAbiat||90 km: Vertice31|
4) Bengasi-Soluch (56 km):
|Stations||Central: Bengazi||1 km: Bengasi Porto||2 km: Berca||10 km: Guarscia||14 km: GuarsciaBen||24 km: Nauaghia||32 km: NauaghiaB||40 km: Giardina||45 km: GiardinaVS||50 km: SoluchFV||56 km: Soluch|
5) Tripoli-Tagiura (21 km):
|Stations||Central: Tripoli||2 km: Tripoli Riccardo||3 km: Cavalleria||5 km: SidiMessri||9 km: Fornaci||11 km: AinZara||13 km: Sghedeida||15 km: ElMellaha||20 km: TagiuraFV||21 km: Tagiura VS|
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- Italian Tripoli
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