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Old January 23rd, 2016, 11:18 PM   #141
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What about the Turkish section between Kars and the Georgian border?
That is still incomplete - hence the proposed opening date of the end of 2016.
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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:05 AM   #142
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That is still incomplete - hence the proposed opening date of the end of 2016.
Thank you, any pictures somewhere available of the state of construction in Turkey?
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Old January 25th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #143
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Thank you, any pictures somewhere available of the state of construction in Turkey?
There is a photo of tunnel construction accompanying this article on the Rail Turkey website:
http://railturkey.org/2015/10/16/why...ect-stagnated/
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Old March 31st, 2016, 11:13 PM   #144
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http://report.az/en/infrastructure/a...ad-may-be-run/


Opening of Nakhchivan-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad rail service discussed in Nakhchivan
02 March, 2016 17:07
They discussed mainly technical issues, including the train schedule and tariffs

Baku. 2 March. REPORT.AZ/ The first discussions on the opening of the Nakhchivan-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad international passenger rail service has been held in Nakhchivan.

Report informs, on behalf of Azerbaijan the meeting was attended by Madat Shikhamirov, deputy chief of the Department of Passenger Transportation at Azerbaijan Railways and Mahir Aliyev, director of Nakhchivan Railways. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Director General of Azerbaijan Railway Organization, and Murtaza Jaffar, Director General of Iran Railways Passenger Service.

They discussed mainly technical issues, including the train schedule and tariffs.

The preparatory meeting will be followed by a high-level gathering involving heads of Azerbaijani and Iranian railways due to take place in the coming days.



http://www.azernews.az/business/93669.html


By Aynur Karimova

Baku and Tehran are planning to launch a passenger train between Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan city and Iranian city of Mashhad.

This intention was sounded at a meeting between Javid Gurbanov, the Head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC and Abbas Hajfathaliha, a member of the Board of the Iran Railways in Nakhchivan on March 3.

During the meeting, the sides discussed launching a passenger train on the Nakhchivan-Julfa-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad route, and finding sources for funding the construction of the Rasht-Astara railway, Azerbaijan Railways reported.

The Azerbaijani and Iranian railways agreed to conduct inspection on the Julfa station in March, where a point for replacement of wheelpairs is located, consider and discuss the possibility of aligning the system of sale of railway tickets of the two countries.

The railway companies' next meeting will be held in April.

Commenting on details of launching the passenger train between Nakhchivan and Mashhad, Mansour Airom, Iran’s Consul General in Nakhchivan, told Trend that this train will run twice a week.

He believes that the railway companies' meeting on March 3 was aimed at laying a ground for inaugurating the plan of Azerbaijan and Iran to deepen cooperation in the railway transport section.

This cooperation was envisaged in a Framework Agreement between the Azerbaijani and Iranian governments on the coordination of railways of the two countries, which was signed by Iranian Minister of Transportation Abbas Akhoundi and Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev during President Ilham Aliyev's Tehran visit on February 23.

Currently, Azerbaijan and Iran are focused on expanding economic ties in various fields, including industry, agriculture, energy, alternative energy, and transportation.

Iran's export to Azerbaijan during the first half of 2015 decreased 55.36 percent to $42.52 million year-on-year. Azerbaijan's export to Iran also decreased 67.11 percent to $11.16 million during that period.

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Old May 26th, 2016, 05:27 PM   #145
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Aeroexpress contract revised as EMUs go to Azerbaijan and Georgia
26 May 2016









INTERNATIONAL: Stadler Rail confirmed on May 26 that its contract to supply Kiss electric multiple-units to Aeroexpress had now been revised to reflect the financial difficulties which the Russian airport shuttle operator has faced as result of the fall in oil and gas prices, the imposition of international sanctions on Russia and the subsequent decline in the value of the rouble.

The contract signed in February 2013 had covered eight six-car and 16 four-car double-deck 1 520 mm gauge EMUs, but this became unaffordable. Stadler, Swiss Export Risk Insurance and the banks financing the deal have now reached an agreement to reduce the number of trainsets to be delivered to Aeroexpress, provide a grace period and extend the repayment period. The new financing plan is guaranteed by Swiss Export Risk Insurance and Gazprombank

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Old June 17th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #146
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Stadler delivers final Kiss EMUs to Azerbaijan
Friday, June 17, 2016



STADLER Minsk has completed delivery of an order for five Kiss double-deck EMUs for Azerbaijan Railways (ADY), with the final two sets completing their journey to Baku this week

The 3kV dc trains were originally destined for Russian operator Aeroexpress, which awarded Stadler a contract for 24 trains in February 2013 but subsequently reduced its order to 11 sets due to the weakening of the Russian Rouble. In April Georgian Railways (GR) agreed to take on four of the trains originally destined for Aeroexpress

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Old July 5th, 2016, 01:47 AM   #147
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Russia is reportedly poised to finance a railway line connecting Iran with its northern neighbour Azerbaijan.

According to Tasnim news agency, head of the press service of Azerbaijan Railways OJSC Nadir Azmammadov, has said that Russian Railways OJSC has discussed the terms of its participation in the financing of the Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway with the related parties in the Azeri capital, Baku.

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The railway line will initially transport five million tonnes of cargo when it is launched in the near future. Last November, Iran and Russia signed an agreement worth 1.2 billion euros to electrify a train line, linking north-central Iran to the northeastern border with Turkmenistan.

The agreement signed between Russian Railways and the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI) envisages constructing power stations and overhead power lines along the Garmsar-Sari-Gorgan-Inche Burun route in Iran.

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The train line, among the first in Iran with a history of 80 years, extends to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and links the Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and beyond. The project was also set to be financed by the Russian government and would be implemented in 36 months, which includes manufacturing all electric locomotives inside Iran, electrifying 495 kilometers of railway and building 32 stations and 95 tunnels

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AZERBAIJAN | Railways

New cross border track has been laid to Iran: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/i...an-border.html
Has anyone an updated map of Astara?
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A direct passenger train service from Nakhchivan to Mashhad via Tabriz might soon be started.


See http://www.azernews.az/business/104118.html

Nakhchivan ready to put Nakhchivan-Mashhad railway into operation
23 October 2016 13:01 (UTC+04:00)

Cooperation in the spheres of economy, health, customs, standardization, transit and transportation has been an important element of the bilateral relations between Iran and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in last two years, Iran`s consul general in Nakhchivan Mansour Ayrim told journalists.

The consul general said that Nakhchivan was ready to put into operation the Nakhchivan-Mashhad railway, and added that once Iran was ready the railway would be launched increasing the passenger transportation between the two countries.


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More details: https://report.az/en/infrastructure/...ad-determined/
Train rout from Nakhchivan to Mashhad determined
10 October, 2016 16:58
Azerbaijan provided to Iranian side three railway carriages

Baku. 10 October. REPORT.AZ/ Azerbaijan provided to Iranian side three railway carriages for passenger train to be used for Nakhchivan-Mashhad route.

Report informs, 36-person compartments have been totally renovated.

Three carriages will be delivered with special locomotive to Iranian city Tabriz, where they will be linked to Tabriz-Mashhad train. Finally, the carriages will be delivered to Iranian city Julfa with separate locomotive and from there to Nakhchivan with locomotive of "Azerbaijan Railways".

Chairman of "Azerbaijan Railways" CJSC Javid Gurbanov didn’t rule out the possibility of opening company’s office in Iran after launch of Nakhchivan-Mashhad train route.

At present, "Azerbaijan Railways" has offices in Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and European countries.



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The first reports about this project appeared in march 2016:
https://report.az/en/infrastructure/...in-nakhchivan/

Opening of Nakhchivan-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad rail service discussed in Nakhchivan
2 March, 2016 17:07
They discussed mainly technical issues, including the train schedule and tariffs

Baku. 2 March. REPORT.AZ/ The first discussions on the opening of the Nakhchivan-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad international passenger rail service has been held in Nakhchivan.

Report informs, on behalf of Azerbaijan the meeting was attended by Madat Shikhamirov, deputy chief of the Department of Passenger Transportation at Azerbaijan Railways and Mahir Aliyev, director of Nakhchivan Railways. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Director General of Azerbaijan Railway Organization, and Murtaza Jaffar, Director General of Iran Railways Passenger Service.

They discussed mainly technical issues, including the train schedule and tariffs.

The preparatory meeting will be followed by a high-level gathering involving heads of Azerbaijani and Iranian railways due to take place in the coming days.


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Today Azerbaijan Railways wrote on their official Facebook-site (https://www.facebook.com/ADYQSC/) that the service will be launched soon:
https://www.facebook.com/ADYQSC/phot...type=3&theater
"Tezliklə Naxçıvan-Məşhəd dəmir yolu xətti istifadəyə veriləcək."

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