Rail transport in Benin
Benin has a total of 578 km (359 mi) of single track, 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) (metre gauge) railway. It does not, as of 2009, share railway links with adjacent countries. Niger possesses no railways to connect to and, while the other surrounding countries, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso, do have railway networks, no connections have been built. In 2006, an Indian proposal appeared, which aims to link the railways of Benin with Niger and Burkina Faso. Benin will be a participant in the AfricaRail project.
The first railway in Benin was opened during the French colonial rule in 1906, between the port of Cotonou and Ouidah. It was constructed in 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge and was 47 km (29 mi) long. By 1936 the line was further extended to Parakou, totalling 437 km (272 mi) and became known as the Northern Line.
Connections with Burkina Faso and Togo
Cities served by rail
Cities of Benin currently served by the country's railways are:
- Cotonou - port
- Porto Novo - national capital
- Parakou - railhead (1936)
- Pobé - branch railhead
- Segboroué - branch railhead in west.
Benin is a country that is bordered by Togo, Nigeria, and Niger.
- First section opened during time as French colony.
- Opened fully
- Tourist railway project using two YP locomotives from India 
- In 2015, rehabilitation and extension of the East-West (Blue) line started. 
- In 2015, upgrade and extension of the North-South line to Niger started.
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