....We were handed our passports and a sum of 5 Roubles ($1.25 ) as pocket money during the trip. A loaf of bread cost 5 cents, so this amount was just enough for our three-day trip.
Besides my reading of "the Passport of Mallam Iliah" by a famous Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, where part of the episode centered around a train trip,. My first encounter with the train was at Yaba - Lagos in 1974, during a college entrance examination. The college was situated near an industrial railroad. I had jumped onto the metal steps of the rear wagon of a sluggish moving train. My adventure lasted for less than a minute as I had alighted for fear of the train accelerating. I was to be riding on the train for the first time in the Soviet Union....The Soviet Union Diary "The Return"