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With Trains of Cattle, Nigeria Eyes Railroad Revival

Exactly 36 hours after it left a northern Nigerian town, a freight train brimming with cattle and sheep rumbled into the Oko-Oba slaughterhouse in Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos. Nothing like it had been seen in 30 years. When Nigerians need to get themselves or their possessions around, they mostly turn to buses, trucks and cars, but those can be unreliable in a country that suffers from decrepit roads and intermittent fuel shortages. The shipment of cattle by train from the...

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