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Old August 26th, 2017, 12:26 PM   #1041
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New weekly service between Zahedan and Esfahan

A new weekly train between Zahedan and Esfahan will be launched on August 30, 2017.
The train will then run on September 6 from Esfahan to Zahedan and back on 7 September, on a weekly basis.



معاون مسافری راه آهن جمهوری اسلامی ایران از راه اندازی قطار مسافری زاهدان- اصفهان همزمان با هفته دولت خبر داد.

💢 میر حسن موسوی افزود: طبق برنامه قطار زاهدان - اصفهان چهارشنبه هشتم شهریور 96 همزمان با هفته دولت راه اندازی می شود و سیر خود را در این مسیر آغاز می کند.

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Old October 9th, 2017, 03:27 AM   #1042
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Iran: €3b German Finance on the Way

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German finance worth €3 billion ($3.5 billion) for a railroad project in Iran will soon be finalized, a deputy roads and urban development minister announced.

"We are on the verge of finalizing a €3 billion foreign finance deal with a German company with €1.7 billion ($2 billion) of the funds related to projects belonging to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development," Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan also told ILNA.

Iranian officials have been holding negotiations with Germany for a foreign finance deal in recent months, but have yet to divulge any details.

According to Fakhrieh-Kashan, a German delegation will soon travel to Iran to finalize the finance deal.

"The funds will be used to electrify the Tehran-Isfahan railroad, purchase seven electric locomotives and transport the purchased goods," he said.

"There have also been talks for more than a year about a $10 billion foreign finance deal with Japan."

The deputy minister noted that the Japanese have shown interest in a $9 billion Iranian project to build two railroads that connect the northeastern and northwestern points of Tehran to its southwestern and southeastern points respectively.

"The project, which is predicted to be completed in seven years, will provide an underground exit for Tehran that will solve its traffic problem for good," he said.

According to Fakhrieh-Kashan, the share of Roads Ministry from the total of $55 billion worth of foreign finance approved in the Sixth Five-Year Development Plan (2017-22) will be about $12 billion.
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:42 PM   #1043
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Iran: Where World Rail Industry Goes to Feast


W ith most sanctions lifted, Iran is going all-in on its potential to become a transport hub in the heart of Eurasia, returning the country to its traditional position as a vital link between East and West.

However, Iranís transportation dreams have a major problem in the current reality: Decades of sanctions have left the countryís rail lines archaic and in disrepair.

To fix this, Iran is devoting 1% of its oil and gas sales to rail development, amounting to a roughly $25 billion initiative to revitalize its rail network and add 10,000 kilometers of new rail lines by 2025ócreating a yearly demand for roughly 8,000-10,000 new wagons in the process.

Iranís rail ambitions are currently a shining beacon for rail engineering and rolling stock firms from all over the world, who are lined up at the gates of Tehran licking their chops in gleeful anticipation for the infrastructure building melee that is about to begin, reads an article published in Forbes on Tuesday. Below is the full text:

China

China was Iranís economic lifeline during the period of heavy sanctions and now Iran is a fundamental link in the countryís Belt and Road Initiativeóa program of such importance to Beijing that it is now written into the Chinese Constitution.

As part of a goal to boost China-Iran trade to $600 billion per year within the next decade, China is working hard to reinvigorate Iranís railroad sector.

In February, the first freight train from China arrived in Tehran and a few months later, Chinaís Export-Import Bank inked a $1.5-billion deal to provide funds to electrify the rail line from Tehran to Mashhad, along with promises to invest $9 billion in over two dozen other projects in other industries, including electricity, petrochemicals, metals and oil and gas.

The Tehran-Mashhad line is one of the biggest developments in Iranís emerging rail menagerie. This 926-kilometer railroad is expected to be extended into a 3,200-kilometer New Silk Road behemoth, that will go all the way through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to Urumqi, the capital of Chinaís Xinjiang Province. This line is also slated to link up with Iranís western railroad network that leads to Turkey and Europe beyond.

Germany

A consortium of companies from Germany has already vouched $3.5 billion for rail development projects in Iran, which consist of a new signaling system for the Tehran-Tabriz railroad, new electric and diesel wagons, and high-speed connection lines.

Last October, Siemens signed two deals to supply 50 diesel-electric locomotives and 70 electric locomotives for the soon to be revitalized Tehran-Mashhad railroad.

Italy

In July, Italyís state rail company Ferrovie dello Stato signed a $1.37 billion deal with Iran to build a high-speed railroad between the cities of Qom and Arak.

France

Not to be outdone by its European counterparts, Franceís Alstom signed a joint venture to set up a factory to construct 1,000 railroad cars in Iran. While in 2015, the French architecture firm AREP committed to a $7 million project that would see them revitalize three Iranian railroad stations.

Japan

Not wanting to be left out of the Eurasian infrastructure game, Japan has signed deals with Iran to provide $10 billion in funding for railroad-related ventures, including two railroads to link together northern and southern Tehran.

Russia

Transmashholding, Russiaís largest rail equipment manufacturer, recently signed a $2.5 billion deal with Iran to set up a joint venture to produce rolling stock for the countryís ever-growing rail network.

This is while in 2015, Russian Railways signed a $1 billion deal to electrify and put up the signaling apparatus on a section of rail line between Garmsar and Gorgan.

Conclusion

Tehranís rail ambitions have direct synergy with the development strategies of surrounding countries, as Chinaís Belt and Road Initiative, India and Russiaís International North-South Transport Corridor, Kazakhstanís Nurly Zhol, India and Japanís Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, as well as Azerbaijanís endeavors to build up its transportation economy to diversify away from reliance on oil and gas all overlap in Iran.

By revolutionizing its railroad sector, Iran essentially puts itself back on the map as the central hub of Eurasia.

https://financialtribune.com/article...-goes-to-feast
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Old November 6th, 2017, 01:30 AM   #1044
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Project to connect Rahahan metro station to Tehran Railway station via underground gallery gonna be done by March 2018
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Binalud Mashhad commuter rail track plan approved, and surveying undergoing
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Old November 14th, 2017, 08:51 PM   #1046
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China to Iran Rail
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Old November 16th, 2017, 12:52 PM   #1047
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به گزارش خبرنگار مهر، بر اساس ابلاغیه معاون اول رئیس جمهور که خطاب به وزارت امور اقتصاد و دارایی، وزارت راه و شهرسازی و سازمان برنامه و بودجه است، وزارت اقتصاد مجاز شد به نمایندگی از دولت ضمانت نامه موافقتنامه*های مالی خارجی مربوط به پروژه برقی کردن راه آهن تهران - مشهد را بین بانک صنعت و معدن و اگزیم بانک چین صادر کند.

متن این مصوبه به شرح زیر است:

وزارت امور اقتصاد و دارایی- وزارت راه و شهرسازی - سازمان برنامه و بودجه

هیئت وزیران در جلسه ۱۳۹۶/۸/۲۱ به پیشنهاد شماره ۱۴۵۳۷-۲۱/۱۷۰۷۹۹ مورخ ۱۳۹۶/۸/۱۵ وزارت امور اقتصادی و دارایی و به استناد اصل یکصد و سی و هشتم قانون اساسی جمهوری اسلامی ایران تصویب کرد:


وزارت امور اقتصادی و دارایی مجاز است به منظور تجهیز و تدارک منابع مالی خارجی مورد نیاز در چارچوب احکام برنامه های توسعه و قوانین بودجه سنواتی، به نمایندگان از سوی دولت برای لازم الاجرا شدن موافقتنامه های مالی مربوط به پروژه برقی کردن راه آهن تهران – مشهد بین بانک صنعت و معدن و اگزیم بانک چین (به صورت وام ترجیحی و وام تجاری) جمعا به مبلغ ده میلیارد و ۷۹ میلیون و ۱۲۷ هزار و ۵۳۹ و ۷۳ صدم یوآن چین، ضمانت نامه صادر نماید.

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH AND HOW FAST WILL THE TRAINS REACH TEHRAN FROM MASHHAD
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 09:19 AM   #1048
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Iran signs 720 mln euro rail deal with SKorea firm

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South Korea's Hyundai Rotem signed a 720-million-euro ($856 million) deal with Iran on Saturday to manufacture 450 railbuses for suburban trains, Iranian state media reported.

The deal was signed in Tehran between Hyundai Rotem, a unit of Hyundai Motors, and Railways of Islamic Republic of Iran at a ceremony attended by Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi.

The deal, financed by the South Korean side, will create 1,000 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs in the Islamic republic, state news agency IRNA quoted Akhoundi as saying.

Iranian Rail Industries Development Company will build 300 rail buses, under Hyundai supervision, with the remaining 150 to be manufactured in South Korea, IRICO executive director Nasser Soufi told state television.

The project is to last last six years and a half with the first batch of self-propelled suburban rail buses to be "delivered in a year and a half," according to Said Mohammadzadeh, CEO for the state railways.

In August, Iran secured an eight-billion euro credit line from South Korea's Eximbank, which was the Islamic republic's biggest loan deal since its 2015 nuclear accord.

At the time a spokesman for South Korea's export credit bank said the deal would finance projects in Iran by companies from the Asian country

That deal was followed by a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks in September from CITIC investment group, a Chinese state-owned investment firm.
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 09:51 PM   #1049
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Nothing I am hearing gives me hope for Iranian Railways.
These 450 commuter railbuses will be DIESELS. If any railway line should be electrified, it should be a commuter line. In fact all lines should be electrified. But from this order it seems there is going to be no real electrification effort in the near future.

Add to this, news today, that they are touting the port of Chabahar (which has no railway connection) as a new connection to Europe. Despite a much shorter, easy overland rail connection with Europe through Turkey that needs improvement and investment, but has been completely neglected. Rail transport in Iran and Turkey is not going to catch up any time soon. Investment and political will is too low.
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Nothing I am hearing gives me hope for Iranian Railways.
These 450 commuter railbuses will be DIESELS. If any railway line should be electrified, it should be a commuter line. In fact all lines should be electrified. But from this order it seems there is going to be no real electrification effort in the near future.
Basically you are right. But what is called commuter service in Iran, is mostly some kind of - rather modest - regional service with a few trains per day. The most active service is Tehran - Pishva with 10 trains per day and direction (see http://commuterrail.rai.ir/Index.asp...&isPopUp=False) with most departures during peak hours and almost no train during the day. This is far away from what we call commuter line in most countries.
The only true commuter service in Iran is Tehran-Karaj line (line 5 of Tehran metro) which is of course electrified and operates a train (8-unit double deck trains) every 10 minutes. But it is not part of Iranian Railways.

There is another - practical - reason why the current services are based on DIESEL units: the rolling stock is produced inside Iran (Iran Khodro branch manufacturer near Zanjan) under Rotem/Korean license. There is currently no electric train manufacturer in Iran (except for metro cars under Chinese license). Even line electrification advances very slowly, with Tehran-Mashad electrification far from being completed.

You may ask why electrification does not proceed and why they don't open a production plant for electrical rolling stock. This has to do very much with ongoing US-imposed sanctions on banking system which affects all countries dealing with Iran and which makes every deal or technology transfer agreement with foreign companies very difficult if not impossible.

This does not mean that decision makers in Iranian Railway and the Transportation Ministry are not aware about the advantages of electrification. There are plans for electrification of every major line and all new lines are prepared for electrification (tunnel and bridge profile, compatibility of signal system). But currently the economical/political/legal situation of Iran is not in favor of these projects.

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Add to this, news today, that they are touting the port of Chabahar (which has no railway connection) as a new connection to Europe. Despite a much shorter, easy overland rail connection with Europe through Turkey that needs improvement and investment, but has been completely neglected. Rail transport in Iran and Turkey is not going to catch up any time soon. Investment and political will is too low.
Chabahar port and railway connection under construction to Zahedan will have two major goals:
- transit between India and Russia together with the new Rasht-Astara line (the line shortens the shipping route around the Arabian peninsula, the Suez channel and the Bosfor).
- transportation of ore and marble from Western Afghanistan (which is a land locked country) to international seawaters.
So the project has little to do with transport to Europe through Turkey, but it has great transport potential.
By the way: according to railturkey.org the first new train ferry on lake Van will enter into service in January.

By the time of writing these lines some major turmoil is under way in the country. Let't hope the best for Iran's future.

Happy new year! (this time by Western calendar)
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Old January 11th, 2018, 05:19 AM   #1051
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Chabahar-Zahedan Track-Laying Underway

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The track-laying project covering 100 kilometers of Chabahar-Zahedan Railroad will be completed by March 20.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Kheirollah Khademi in a meeting with Indian Ambassador to Iran Saurabh Kumar on Tuesday.

Noting that $300 million have been invested from domestic resources in the project, the official said India’s financing is important in view of the limited domestic resources, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

India has weighed financing provisions of the project and will soon announce its final plan, Mehr News Agency quoted the Indian ambassador as saying.

Kumar hoped to see cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi improve following the three-day visit to India by Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi starting Wednesday.

Akhoundi is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart, Nitin Gadkari, to discuss ways of improving marketing for the first phase of Chabahar’s Shahid Beheshti Port in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

He will also visit Mundra Port, the largest private port of India located along the northern shores of the Gulf of Kutch in the state of Gujarat.

On the back of a rail link that stretches to Iran’s northwestern border, Chabahar will facilitate the transport of goods from India to the landlocked countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as Afghanistan.

India sent its first consignment of wheat for Afghanistan through Chabahar Port in late October.

“The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment, as it will pave the way for operationalization of the Chabahar Port as an alternate, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan,” read a statement by India’s External Affairs Ministry.

Six more wheat shipments are scheduled to be sent via the same route in the near future.

Tehran, New Delhi and Kabul signed a trilateral agreement to develop Chabahar in Tehran in May 2016, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani paid a state visit to Iran.

The deal stipulates the development and operation of two terminals and three berths at the port with cargo handling capacities for 10 years.

Based on the agreement, Iran is to provide land in Chabahar Special Economic Zone to Indian companies for setting up petrochemical, fertilizer and other gas-based industries.

India has also agreed to build a 500-km railroad from Chabahar to Zahedan, the provincial capital of Sistan-Baluchestan, close to the Afghan border. India’s state-owned IRCON has agreed to build a rail route at a cost of $1.6 billion as part of the transit corridor to Afghanistan.

After connecting Chabahar to Zahedan, the railroad will be linked to Zaranj in Afghanistan. Hence, when the Afghan cargo arrives in Zahedan, it can be transported by a 1,380-km railroad to Chabahar and then shipped to India.

The first phase of the strategic Iranian port developed in cooperation with India was inaugurated by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Dec. 3.

A total of $1 billion are being invested in the first phase of the Chabahar development project, a joint international project billed as an “International Gateway” by Iranian officials who have invested $403 million (up until now) from the National Development Fund of Iran in the project and gained the approval of India to invest $85 million to complete the project.

Chabahar is Iran’s only oceanic port town and consists of two separate ports: Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti. The opening of the first phase of Shahid Beheshti Port (out of five phases defined for the project), which has tripled its capacity to 8.5 million tons (equal to that of all the northern ports of the country), will allow the docking of super-large container ships (between 100,000 DWT and 120,000 DWT) and increase India’s connectivity with Afghanistan.
https://financialtribune.com/article...aying-underway
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Old January 13th, 2018, 02:53 PM   #1052
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Yes, of course. The line is at 90% of construction work completed. You can clearly see the whole line on satellite maps (google). Only the section inside Esfahan and the new terminal (near stadium) are still missing. Also rails and equipment still need to be done.
No contract about rolling stock has been finalized. High speed trains might come either from Germany or China.
This article from July 2017 talks about relocation of the yet to be built stations of the Tehran - Isfahan high speed railway:
https://financialtribune.com/article...speed-railroad
Anyone knows what this relocation entails? Does it (hopefully) mean that - against the recent trend of new stations being opened in Iran outside of citied - they will be relocated closer to the city center?
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