Despite Britain’s totally desperate economic situation after the Second World War, John Strachey, Minister of Food in the newly elected Labour government of 1947 under Clement Atlee, backed a scheme to grow Groundnuts in a sparsely-populated area of Tanganyika! His aim was to help alleviate a world shortage of vegetable oils but it was destined to be a catastrophic failure which was to cost Britain, even at immediate post-war value, millions of pounds it could not afford!
This is the history of a railway from nowhere to nowhere and the documentation of a British Government’s incomprehensible incompetence on a scale hard to believe! The author, having worked in Africa for a number of years, knows the area. This book is the result of a lifetime of collecting articles and information on a railway those involved hoped history would forget.
Designed and illustrated by David Charlesworth. 240 x 170mm, 48pp softback.
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