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Old March 19th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #981
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First train crosses Azerbaijan – Iran border bridge
06 Mar 2017


The first test train ran across the recently-completed bridge over the River Astarachay which forms the border between Azerbaijan and Iran at Astara on March 3, hauled by a GE/LKZ TE33A Evolution diesel locomotive.

The first test train ran across the recently-completed bridge over the River Astarachay which forms the border between Azerbaijan and Iran at Astara on March 3, hauled by a GE/LKZ TE33A Evolution diesel locomotive.
The project includes the 82·5 m bridge across the Azerbaijan-Iran border.

The 8·3 km single-track extension of the ADY network to the border has now been completed, while on the Iranian side the first 650 m has been completed of the 1·4 km route to the site of the future ​freight terminal.

The 8·3 km single-track extension of the ADY network to the border has now been completed, while on the Iranian side the first 650 m has been completed of the 1·4 km route to the site of the future ​freight terminal.

Construction of the cross-border link was approved by Azerbiajan’s President Ilham Aliyev on December 7 2015, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 20 2016. The project includes the 82·5 m long, 8·0 m high and 11·8 m wide bridge, plus 16 track-km of new 1 520 mm gauge track. The 8·3 km single-track extension of the ADY network to the border has now been completed, while on the Iranian side the first 650 m has been completed of the 1·4 km route to the site of the future ​​35 ha freight transhipment terminal.

The terminal will eventually have gauge-changing facilities to enable through running to the 167 km long 1435 mm gauge line which is being built to connect Astara to the Iranian rail network at Rasht.

This would complete the North–South International Transport Corridor between northern Europe and the Indian Ocean. The first direct freight service from India to Russia along the corridor ran in September and October 2016, with the sea and rail journey between Mumbai and Moscow taking 23 days including road transport from Rasht to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan has ‘mobilised significant financial resources for the construction of the Rasht – Astara railway’, President Aliyev said after a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on March 5. ‘A year ago, I said that Azerbaijan would build a railway to the Azerbaijani-Iranian border in 2016, and we achieved that. This is already a reality.’

Source: railwaygazette.com


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Old March 20th, 2017, 12:43 AM   #982
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imagine a caucasia-persian gulf connection through HSR, that would be amazing

great news
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Old March 21st, 2017, 06:25 AM   #983
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Or just a regular 160 km/h baku tehran (or mashhad) 3 times a week train is a nice dream for now
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 12:38 AM   #984
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Or just a regular 160 km/h baku tehran (or mashhad) 3 times a week train is a nice dream for now
Baku to Tehran is about 820 km. Considering border formalities and gauge change, a 10-12h overnight train ride might be realistic in 4-5 years, when Rasht-Astara line should be completed.

With regards to the rolling stock, a 2-gauge train like new sleeping cars for Azerbaijani Railways from Stadler could do the round trip 3 times a week.









Two gauge 1520/1435 mm sleeping cars of Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) for Istanbul-Tblisi-Baku line

Pictures by Marcel Manhart and Juerg Luethard
Source www.bahnonline.ch
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 01:45 AM   #985
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There's alo Nakhchivan-Mashhad Trains running since Dey 95. what rolling stock are they using?
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 01:20 PM   #986
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There seems to be a fair bit of rail construction going on in Iran. The website Irph.Blogfa http://irph.blogfa.com/post/1331 lists them along with other transportation projects.

Chabahar Mashhad and beyond



Shiraz to Bushehr and Busheher Aseluyeh



Bandar Abbas Qeshm part of the Gesham Bridge linking it to the mainland



And
Hamedan Kermanshah This one is due to open next month I think.


The more rail links the better. Its the future.
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great stuff, great basis for introduction of S-bahn type services in Zahedan-Zabol, Shiraz, Bushehr, and Bandarabbas-Qeshm
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s-bahn would be a dream on such large scale

iran would greatly benefit since many of our cities come in clusters
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The harsh conditions of Iranian train drivers
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Under construction for a while, maybe 2-3 years optimistically?
Iranian design?

This is awesome regardless. Shiraz Isfahan, Tehran Mashahad, Tehran Tabriz need similar links.
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