Brief History

The Nigerian Railway System pioneered the rapid opening up of the geographical area called Nigeria. The Railway System, therefore represents the oldest modern form of transportation in Nigeria.

Railway development in Nigeria was initiated by private interest. This was later taken over by the then Colonial Government as Government Railway for the purpose of easy and cheap movement of bulk goods from the hinterlands to the seaports and vice versa.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation is 112 years old and it runs a unilaterally designed track system of 1067mm cape gauge. Only 30km of its track distribution is in double track and that is within Lagos area. Nigerian Railway System actually commenced rail business activities with the construction of the first rail line from Lagos to Ibadan (193km) between 1898 and 1901. By 1964 when the construction of 640km kano – Maiduguri rail line, then known as Bornu extension, was completed, the present core of the railway network had been put in place.

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NIGERIAN RAILWAY CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE  5TH JUNE, 2024.   This evening (Wednesday), the Management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) experienced train technical hitch in our operation at Asham Railway Station in Chikun Local Government of Kaduna State. The passengers on board were safely returned to Abuja […]
Nigerian Railway Corporation Press Release Normal Train Services between Kaduna and Rigasa and Idu Abuja continues. The management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation(NRC) hereby informs the general public especially our valued passengers that normal passenger train services between Kaduna-Rigasa, Idu Abuja continues despite minor derailment of […]


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The Legacy Railway Museum. The Jaekel House as the museum is named is a two storey colonial mansion situated in Ebute-Meta, Lagos, Nigeria. It was built in 1898.


NRC Operates Long and short distance passenger trains. This train service offers full air-conditioning to the first class seater or sleeper with luxury restaurants.There are also standard class coaches

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