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Old May 5th, 2014, 01:25 AM   #21
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I wasn't aware of this project actually going forward…. Do you have more information regarding the route (with maps), intermediate stations, expected travel time etc.? Is security situation in the area appropriate for such a project? I assume Alstom is only expected to provide rolling stock. Who is doing the construction itself?
It's seems I was wrong. There is a current railroad being constructed but it is only an extension to the former track, the new detour will pass Musayab-Najaf-Karbala then switches back to its original tracks.

There was an "agreement" signed with Alstom for construction of both the tracks and the rolling stock. Lack is funding is delaying the project, the current outdated laws do not allow taking loans to fund the project.

The trains will be operational in the "safe" regions only. That is from southern Baghdad and throughout all the southern provinces. The trains will not operate in the dangerous provinces until the security situation is under control

Unfortunately I do not have any recent Map updates, but I will post if I ever find.
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New trains unloaded from ship onto tracks in Basrah.

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Well. Nice train. Not elite class but not bad.
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They are medium class. Trips from Baghdad to Basrah should be no longer than 5-6 hours.

Hopefully the future high speed rail which connects Basrah-Baghdad and eventually Mosul would be more vip style. For Iraqis it's mostly about efficiency and economy, not so much about premium class.
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