CEL - Lebanese Railways CEL - Chemin de Fer de l'Etat Libanais
Lebanese State Railways


Notes on usage:

  • Click on the text "المشرق ❊ the levant" in the upper left corner of any page to go back.
  • On pages with single pictures, clicking on the picture will bring up a larger version that can be magnified.
  • Clicking on pictures with the caption "(QTVR panorama)" will bring up a full page interactive Quick Time panorama if the Quick Time plug-in (which can be obtained at no cost here) is installed.


  • My thanks to Ali Mneimneh for all his help and patience in exploring the Beirut-Riyaq and Beirut-Tripoli lines.
  • The Continental Railway Circle has graciously allowed the reproduction of two chapters from Hugh Hughes' Middle East Railways
  • Our thanks to General Elias Ghazali of the Syrian Army for permission to photograph at Riyaq in 2002.
  • Toufoul Abou-Hodeib has kindly researched and translated the Arabic resources and contributed photographs from our explorations in the Beqaa.

Photograph credits:

  • Unless otherwise mentioned all photographs are by Børre Ludvigsen.

- Børre Ludvigsen