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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.’

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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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Old March 22nd, 2017, 07:04 PM   #987
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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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Old March 24th, 2017, 11:35 PM   #989
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The harsh conditions of Iranian train drivers
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Old March 25th, 2017, 05:40 AM   #990
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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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Old April 18th, 2017, 11:48 PM   #991
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Tehran-Hamedan railway to be completed by April, 26 2017 according to a recent statement of the Minister of Transportation, Abbas Akhoundi

The new railway line has a length of 264 km and has been designed for a speed of 160 km/h.

The line is expected to be operational before the presidential elections (May 19, 2017).

Full article in Persian:
http://www.khabaronline.ir

Comment: while it is always good news to see new tracks added to the network, hopefully the stress to finish works before elections will not repeat the disaster of 2009, when Tehran to Shiraz line had been opened to trains before works having been finished - and the first train derailed.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 12:12 PM   #992
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What is Iran waiting to develop HSR with China?!
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Old April 28th, 2017, 02:31 PM   #993
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China to finance Iran’s rail electrification project

https://www.railwaypro.com/wp/china-...ation-project/

China and Germany will take part in a project of electrifying the railway line linking Tehran to Mashhad, the Iranian deputy minister of transportation, Saeed Mohammadzadeh, said. China has agreed to provide USD 2 billion in loans for the project and talks are underway with the Chinese side regarding the issue, he addded. The Chinese funding for the project could be received in May.
Saeed Mohammadzadeh also said that the technical issues regarding the contract with Siemens for electric locomotives have been finalized between the Iranian and German sides.

The electrification project is planned to be implemented in less than four years. The project is headed by a consortium led by MAPNA Group.
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Old May 1st, 2017, 02:16 PM   #994
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Iran to Launch Leasing Facility to Help Expand Transport


Iran is reviewing two major projects to engage in further leasing activities to develop its rail and air fleet, the minister of roads and urban development announced.

"Leasing facility for railroad expansion and aircraft leasing can take us far in the development of the transport system," Abbas Akhoundi also said while addressing the Fourth Iran-Europe Banking and Business Forum in Tehran on Saturday.

Iran is awaiting the delivery of 200 airplanes –three of which have been delivered–made possible mainly through foreign leasing that removed concerns the country would face any difficulty in financing the deal.

Akhoundi noted that with the formation of the Transport Development Fund, the proposal for which was approved in September 2015, assets belonging to the transport sector will be better managed.

As to other ways of financing to boost the leasing option, specifically for renovating the air fleet, the minister named the capital market and issuance of participatory bonds for projects with short-term returns.

Securities and Exchange Organization of Iran has been tapped "to issue bonds for entering the market soon".

International sanctions mainly aimed at the Iranian financial system forced the country into a state of relative seclusion and hampered its ability to employ foreign investment and finance for its infrastructure and other major projects, many of which have been left by the wayside as the annual budget alone cannot answer for all the needs of an 80-million-strong country.

Considering estimates that Iran will need $43 billion to achieve the 8% growth goal of its sixth five-year development plan (2016-2021), various ways of financing Iranian efforts were discussed by keynote speakers in the second and final day of the forum.

Along with the head of Monetary and Banking Research Institute Ali Divandari, whose organization co-hosted the event with Germany-based founder of International Bankers Forum, Nader Maleki, Akhoundi discussed prospects of Iranian economy with an eye to attract foreign investments.

Return of Stability

Akhoundi emphasized the promotion of an understanding that the national budget alone cannot finance colossal infrastructure projects.

That is why, he stressed, his ministry has a three-pronged approach on the national, regional and international levels to create ties for absorbing more funds.

Divandari identified a lack of stability in Iranian economy as a result of years of sanctions as the main reason for finance troubles.

In spite of a slew of problems hitting the Iranian banking system, Divandari chose to see the full half.

"We are currently entering a period of stability and therefore we expect foreign investment to become available," he said.

The country's banks are grappling, among other things with poor capital adequacy, a lack of adherence to international standards and conforming to modern anti-money laundering and combating terrorism financing regulations.

Divandari pointed to the recent news of President Hassan Rouhani's government increasing state-owned banks' capital by 22 trillion rials ($5.9 billion).

"The Central Bank of Iran has devised a special plan to upgrade the capital requirements of banks, which will be soon notified," he said.

https://financialtribune.com/article...pand-transport
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Old May 6th, 2017, 07:22 AM   #995
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Qazvin-Rasht Railroad to Roll in Summer

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Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said the under-construction railroad connection between Qazvin and Rasht will be completed and come on stream by the end of summer.

He was quoted as saying by the ministry’s news service that the 164-kilometer-long project, with an estimated value of 25 trillion rials (over $650 million), has made 91.5% progress.

The railroad passes through woods and mountains, including 25 kilometers of tunnels and 8.7 kilometers of bridges, making its construction difficult.

The route includes Iran’s biggest rail bridge with a length of 1.43 km on the river of Sefidroud in the city of Manjil, in Gilan.

Qazvin-Rasht is a missing link in the International North-South Transport Corridor, which will connect Iran with Russia’s Baltic ports and give Russia rail connectivity to both the Persian Gulf and the Indian rail network.

However, railroads are needed to complete the global linkup, including a link between Rasht and the Caspian port city of Astara.

Azerbaijan has reportedly agreed to invest $500 million to help Iran build that line.

Astara will also be connected to the Azeri border, where a recently-constructed railroad extends into Azerbaijan.

When completed, the INSTC is expected to increase the volume of commodities currently traded between Iran and Azerbaijan from 600,000 tons to 5 million tons per year, dramatically increasing bilateral trade from the current $500 million per year.
https://financialtribune.com/article...roll-in-summer
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Railroad to Link Mediterranean Sea With Iran

An extended railroad construction is underway to connect Iran to the Syrian west coast on the Mediterranean Sea, crossing the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, according to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who visited Kurdish provincial capital of Sanandaj in Iranian Kurdestan late last month as part of his reelection campaign.

Rouhani described the construction of Tehran-Sanandaj railroad as one of “the most important infrastructure projects” in the country and added that it would create many job opportunities, Kurd Net reported.

“By extending the railroad from Sanandaj to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, we will connect Iran to the Mediterranean Sea through Syria,” the president said after arriving in Sanandaj on March 25.
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Old May 6th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #997
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I assume, if true, talks were had between Iran, KRG & Syria. This would be huge if true, a mega project.
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Old May 6th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #998
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قشه کامل ریلی ایران با وضوح کاملا بالا و اطلاعات بلاک ها

Detailed map of Iranian Railways with all lines and stations/blocks as well as kilometer distances.
Click on the map the get the full resolution (5 MB).
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Railroad to Link Mediterranean Sea With Iran

An extended railroad construction is underway to connect Iran to the Syrian west coast on the Mediterranean Sea, crossing the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, according to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who visited Kurdish provincial capital of Sanandaj in Iranian Kurdestan late last month as part of his reelection campaign.

Rouhani described the construction of Tehran-Sanandaj railroad as one of “the most important infrastructure projects” in the country and added that it would create many job opportunities, Kurd Net reported.

“By extending the railroad from Sanandaj to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, we will connect Iran to the Mediterranean Sea through Syria,” the president said after arriving in Sanandaj on March 25.
I would prefer to develop railways inside Iran rather than connecting the country to war torn zones
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Photos: Crucial rail link inaugurated in western Iran : http://theiranproject.com/blog/2017/...-western-iran/

France to invest in Iran’s rail, shipbuilding industry
Azer News – The largest employer federation in France, MEDEF will invest in Iran’s mega-projects, including the projects in rail and shipbuilding sector.

The federation signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran’s government-owned IDRO (Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran) for cooperation in investment, investment insurance, and mega-projects, the official website of the IDRO reported.

Under the deal, the two sides will cooperate in infrastructure development, railway industry, energy and renewable energy projects, oil, gas and petrochemical industries as well as automotive, shipbuilding, Hi-tech, IT and transport sectors.

The document also envisages exchange of expertise and experience, transfer of technology and know-how and empowerment of Iranian managers.

According to the MoU, the capabilities of IDRO and its subsidiaries will be introduced to members of the MEDEF.

IDRO is one of Iran’s largest organizations involved in the country’s development and industrialization process.

MEDEF, has more than 750,000 member firms, 90 percent of them being small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 50 employees each. The federation is engaged in lobbying at local, regional, national, and EU-wide levels.

http://theiranproject.com/blog/2017/...ding-industry/
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