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Guesselbodi Station
The completed but unused station at Guesselbodi, between Niamey and Dosso.

Until the 21st century, there were no railways in Niger.

In 2005, a new railway was proposed, from Parakou in Bénin (where it would connect with Bénin Railways) via Dosso to Niamey, the capital of Niger. Work commenced in 2014, and construction continues in Niger despite legal difficulties interrupting work in Bénin. In 2016, about half of the line in Niger was reported as complete, but to date no regular train services have operated.

In 2011, a new line was proposed, from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso (where it would connect with the Sitarail line from Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire) to Niamey, a distance of 420km.

In 2021, construction began on a new line from Kano in Nigeria (where it will connect with a line from Lagos) to Maradi, a distance of 248km.

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