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Old September 3rd, 2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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I was looking into travelling to Iran by train from the UK, it's possible to get from London to Tehran with 5 changes in Paris, Vienna, Belgrade, Istanbul and Lake Van. The Turkish train takes you to one side of Lake Van and you have to take a ferry to the other side where an Iranian train takes you onward to Tehran.

The whole trip would take 6 nights, i might do it some day
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Old September 5th, 2007, 02:55 PM   #3
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Aha, I had only seen pictures of these trains traveling from the Siemens plant in Germany to the harbor were they were shipped to Iran. I always thought they looked odd, are they in service?
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Old October 14th, 2007, 09:45 PM   #4
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any pictures? i've heard tehran has a central station, what does it look like?
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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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The last pictures should be from Turkey, that is one of the train ferries operating on VAN Lake near to Iran-Turkey border,these ferries are in service since 1950s and they will be change with new ferries in 2010s.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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What's this train above?
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Tenders launched for Mashhad – Golbahar suburban line
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

IRAN's New Towns Development Corporation (NTDC) has issued an international invitation to prequalify for a contract to finance, design, build, and commission a 40km suburban line running northeast from Mashhad to the new city of Golbahar.

According to the tender notice most of the line will run at grade with 12 bridges and a 3.4km underground section.

The winning bidder will secure 85% of the financing required for the project through foreign banks and financial institutions, with Iran's Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran providing any necessary approvals or guarantees. The tender specifies that at least 51% of the works must be carried out by Iranian subcontractors.

NTDC says prequalification documents will be made available to prospective bidders between April 26 and May 3. The deadline for prequalification is June 21
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China to finance Tehran – Mashhad electrification
Tuesday, May 27, 2014



IRANIAN Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) says it is seeking finance from China for the electrification of the 926km Tehran – Mashhad line.

RAI's electrification projects manager Mr Qassem Saketi told Iran's Fars News Agency that the project will be 85%-financed by Chinese financial institutions, with the remaining funds coming from the Iranian government.

Work began in February 2012 on a project to upgrade the route, which according to RAI will raise the maximum line speed from 160km/h to 200km/h and halve the current journey time to around six hours
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Iran shares railway expertise with Afghanistan
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AFGHANISTAN: Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training to support its plans for railway development and expansion.

RAI said Iran would send technical experts to advise on railway organisation, maintenance and construction, to help accelerate the development of the planned network. A group of Afghans attended training courses organised by RAI in Yazd and Bafgh during June, visiting depots, bridges and other facilities.

Afghanistan currently has a 75 km railway from Uzbekistan to Mazar-i-Sharif, while a short cross-border branch from Turkmenistan serves a freight terminal. A line from Iran to Herat is under construction with Iranian government support, and according to RAI Vice-President, Operations, Hossein Ashoori, is expected to open as far as the Afghan border by end of this year
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Tehran – Mashhad ATC deployment completed
Wednesday, September 17, 2014



IRANIAN Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) says it has completed the rollout of Automatic Train Control (ATC) on the Tehran – Mashhad line as part of a broader programme to deploy the system on the Iranian network

The system is based on a fibre-optic telecommunications network with audio frequency track circuits used for train detection at stations and balises at other locations on the 926km route.

RAI says the project took 31 months to implement and commissioning was completed on August 23. ATC has been installed at 50 stations on the route, and RAI has installed onboard equipment on 50 GM locomotives, 30 Siemens locomotives, and 10 Siemens Pardis DMUs.

RAI expects to complete the programme to install ATC at 461 stations across the network by next year
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Opening of railway corridor Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran



Казахстан, Туркменистан и Иран соединились железной дорогой

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From Soroush on Iranian forum:

2.6 billion dollars allocated for Tehran-Isfahan High Speed Rail. Speed is estimated at up to 300km/h.

http://www.shafaf.ir/fa/news/306606/...B1%D8%A7%D9%86
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Does anyone have photos of RAI electric locomotives and whether there are any Co'-Co' models?
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 11:47 PM   #17
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Hi there Already half a year ago I made a trip to Iran, using the train on my way in and also to get around the country. I've posted several travel reports about this trip on Dutch fora, but so far I haven't posted any railway pictures over here. A while ago I posted my roadpics in the Highways & Autobahns sections, now I finally found some time and motivation to post the railway pictures over here

As I said, I went to Iran by train, starting in The Netherlands and taking a huge detour before arriving in Ankara, Turkey. From Ankara there is a weekly connection to Tehran (Transasya Ekspresi), quite a famous journey. This connection consists of a Turkish train that runs from Ankara to Tatvan, on the western shore of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. In Tatvan, everyone has to leave the train and board a ferry to Van, on the eastern shore of the lake. Only the luggage car comes along on the ferry, the rest of the train remains in Tatvan. From Van, there is an Iranian train to Tehran. Considering that this thread is about Iran, I'll not start in Ankara but in Van, as the Iranian train runs from there.

1. The Iranian luggage car on the ferry just after arrival in Van.


Iranian luggage car on the boat Tatvan-Van by Timon91, on Flickr

2. The small building of Van İskele train station, right next to the lake. Here we had to wait for a few hours as the train from Iran was late. As far as I know the train was not able to leave Van train station due to demonstrations in the area.


Van İskele train station by Timon91, on Flickr

3. With a delay of 2½-3 hours the train from Tehran showed up in the harbour.


Van İskele train station by Timon91, on Flickr

4. A pretty spooky sight


Van İskele train station by Timon91, on Flickr

5. The aisle of the Iranian car. The train is first class only, with 4-berth compartments.


Transasya Ekspresi interior at Van by Timon91, on Flickr

6. There is also a television, but it didn't work unfortunately


Transasya Ekspresi interior at Van by Timon91, on Flickr

7. We left Van at midnight, 2½ hours late. From Van it is three more hours to the Iranian border at Kapıköy. The Transasya Ekspresi can be seen in a distance. The arrow in front of me points towards the passport control in Turkish, Farsi and English.


Transasya Ekspresi at Kapıköy train station by Timon91, on Flickr

8. This is the first picture I've taken in Iran, a brand new turntable near the railway station of Razi, where the Iranian border control takes place.


Turntable near Razi by Timon91, on Flickr

9. Meanwhile we were running about 8-9 hours late, due to the lengthy border procedures. The scenery is absolutely stunning, but I'll focus on the trains and infrastructure here Between Razi and Salmas, the next stop, some small stations are passed.


Train station between Razi and Salmas by Timon91, on Flickr

10. Salmas railway station, between the border and Tabriz.


Salmas train station by Timon91, on Flickr

11. My compartment.


Transasya Ekspresi interior by Timon91, on Flickr

12. The restaurant car.


Iranian restaurant car by Timon91, on Flickr

13. We arrived in Tabriz at 3:30 pm, about 8 hours late.


Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

14. The Transasya in Tabriz.


Transasya Ekspesi at Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

15. Ankara-Tehran.


Transasya Ekspesi at Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

16.


Transasya Ekspesi at Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

17. Tabriz railway station looked pretty neat, there were some other trains as well.


Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

18. The main platform, including the Transasya. I expected to have severe difficulties with taking pictures here, but to my great surprise it was no problem at all to do so


Tabriz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

19. Some other trains in a depot, just after leaving Tabriz.


Trains near Tabriz by Timon91, on Flickr

20. Maragheh train station, where we stopped mid-evening.


Maragheh train station by Timon91, on Flickr

21. At 4:30 in the morning we arrived in Tehran, 8 hours something late. The train uses the international terminal, located right next to but outside the main terminal.


Transasya Ekspresi at Tehran train station by Timon91, on Flickr

22. After a few days in Tehran, I took a night train to Shiraz. Tehran has a nice and busy station. This is the main terminal, for domestic traffic.


Rohahan, Tehran railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

23. My train to Shiraz is the one on the right, named "Nour al Reza".


Nour al Reza to Shiraz at Tehran train station by Timon91, on Flickr

24.


Nour al Reza to Shiraz at Tehran train station by Timon91, on Flickr

25. These magnetic signs are attached to the train during stops only.


Nour al Reza to Shiraz at Tehran train station by Timon91, on Flickr

26. My compartment. Plenty of tea to start the journey with


Nour al Reza Tehran-Shiraz interior by Timon91, on Flickr

27. I slept pretty well, the landscape between Esfahan and Shiraz is gorgeous and great to wake up to At some point the railway reaches an altitude of 2550 metres, quite extraordinary. Tehran-Shiraz is about 15 hours, we arrived 15 minutes early.


Nour al Reza from Tehran at Shiraz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

28. The line to Shiraz is brand new, some tracks in the station are still unfinished.


Shiraz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

29. The workhorse that got us here.


Nour al Reza from Tehran at Shiraz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

30. The Nour al Reza seen from the building, the train seemed completely full.


Nour al Reza from Tehran at Shiraz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

31. A warm welcome to Shiraz


Shiraz train station by Timon91, on Flickr

I stayed in Shiraz for three days, after Shiraz I went to Esfahan by bus. In Esfahan I also stayed for three days, after which I took a night train to the extreme north-east of the country, to Mashhad.

32. Esfahan railway station is located about 8 km south of the city centre, but there are plenty of city buses going there


Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

33. The interior of the building.


Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

34. My train is the one on the left. It was quite long (ca. 10 cars) and again, it seemed to be completely full.


Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

35. Looking back to the terminal.


Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

36. Made in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

37. Esfahan-Mashhad is about 1200 km, quite a ride!


Train to Mashhad at Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

38. My compartment. This train consisted of Chinese-made cars that seemed quite new, as far as I know there were produced in 2006.


Night train "Ghazal" Esfahan-Mashhad interior by Timon91, on Flickr

39. Looking away from the train station.


Train to Mashhad at Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

40. A similar engine like seen in picture 29 pulled the "Ghazal" from Esfahan to Mashhad.


Train to Mashhad at Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

41. Some older trains in a depot near Esfahan railway station, including old German trains.


Old trains near Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

42.


Old trains near Esfahan railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

43. Next morning, in the mountainous, deserted region of Khorasan in the north-east of Iran.


Desert in Khorasan seen from the night train “Ghazal” Esfahan-Mashhad by Timon91, on Flickr

44. Instead of moving the engine to the other side of the train, trains in Iran usually make a U-turn when they need to change direction. Near Dizbad we join the mainline from Tehran to Mashhad, but first we need to change direction. This picture is taken whilst entering the curve, in a distance the mainline to Tehran can be seen.


Desert near Dizbad, Khorasan by Timon91, on Flickr

45. The train in the tight curve.


Night train “Ghazal” Esfahan-Mashhad near Dizbad by Timon91, on Flickr

46. After changing direction, we passed the railway to the south again.


Railway to the south near Dizbad, Khorasan by Timon91, on Flickr

47. We arrived in Mashhad about 2,5 hours late.


Night train “Ghazal” from Esfahan at Mashhad railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

48. The terminal building.


Mashhad railway station by Timon91, on Flickr

From Mashhad I was offered a ride back to Tehran by my Couchsurfing host (1000 km!), otherwise I would also have taken a train to get back. As you can see, I've only posted pictures from the trains and infrastructure, I haven't really made a travel report of it. That would've made it way too long anyway. In case you'd still like to see some more pictures of the cities and the landscape, I've posted some travel reports about the trip to and within Iran on the WorldOnRails forum (in Dutch, unfortunately). For the Transasya experience, click here, for Tehran, Shiraz & Persepolis, click here and for Esfahan, Mashhad and again Tehran, click here. You can also see the pictures on Flickr, for all pictures check out this collection.

That's it, I hope that you liked it! All I can say about Iran is that it's an awesome travel experience, the Iranians are amongst the friendliest and most hospitable people I've ever met. It has truly been a great experience going there Thanks for watching!
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Thank you very much for the interesting report and nice pictures.

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2. The small building of Van İskele train station, right next to the lake. Here we had to wait for a few hours as the train from Iran was late.
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21. At 4:30 in the morning we arrived in Tehran, 8 hours something late.
Unfortunately this delay is due to a more strict border control by Iranian custom authorities. These procedures with forcing people to leave the train and take off their luggage has not been there until about one year ago. It is the main reason for hours of delays and it is rather annoing, not the best welcome if you come to Iran for the first time.

Many passengers complain about this. Please send your complain to Iranian Tourism Industry board at http://www.irpedia.com/site/contacts/form.php
and Ministry of Culture at
http://www.farhang.gov.ir/en/contactus
You can also send a note to RAI customer service at [email protected].

While none of these organization are responsible for the procedures - the border control is under the supervision of another authority - your report (and all reports by foreign tourist) helps to make pressure on easing the situation which is of course rather harmful for tourism in the country. The Rohani government has put much emphasis on boosting tourism so those who put obstacles in this path should be advised that they do not work for the nation's benefit.

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18. The main platform, including the Transasya. I expected to have severe difficulties with taking pictures here, but to my great surprise it was no problem at all to do so
While taking (family and friends) pictures inside railway stations is a common practice among passengers, it is officially forbidden to take any photography from Railway subjects without an official permit. As this is too complicated for the comon tourist, you best ask the train staff for how to take pictures - they usually will help you. But be always careful and strongly avoid taking pictures in front of railway police staff.

On the other side of is not necessary to blurr faces on your pictures. European privacy concerns do not apply and most Iranians will even be happy to see their pictures on an international forum.

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23. My train to Shiraz is the one on the right, named "Nour al Reza".
The blue/white train on the left is Nour al Reza (name of the passenger company). On the right you see one (red) Ghazal car which is in service of different passenger train companies. Both are Chinese built, with Nour al Reza built from 2011 on, Ghazal from 2006.

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24. Nour al Reza to Shiraz at Tehran train station
This train is called Poulur Sabz. It is operated by RAJA passenger train company which operates every other day on the Tehran-Shiraz line alternated with Nour al Reza. While the onboard service is pretty much the same, the RAJA train uses wagons which have been built in Romania in 2000. They have European profile while the Chinese cars have a slightly larger profile, especially in the upper part of the compartment.

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28. The line to Shiraz is brand new, some tracks in the station are still unfinished.
The line was opened in 2009. With the completition of the (Shiraz)-Eqlid-Yazd and Shiraz-Bushehr lines the station will see more traffic in the future. Actually there are only 1-2 trains per day.

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Most long distance trains in Iran get usually fully booked a few days before departure.

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Esfahan station will be connected by metro in the future. Works are under way.
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Thanks a lot for your comments, badgir!

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Unfortunately this delay is due to a more strict border control by Iranian custom authorities. These procedures with forcing people to leave the train and take off their luggage has not been there until about one year ago. It is the main reason for hours of delays and it is rather annoing, not the best welcome if you come to Iran for the first time.
Yeah, I heard that the delays are mainly caused by problems between the customs authorities in Razi and Tabriz. Officially the luggage car is supposed to be checked in Tabriz only, so I heard, but because of some issues all luggage is checked at the border in Razi causing massive delays.

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While taking (family and friends) pictures inside railway stations is a common practice among passengers, it is officially forbidden to take any photography from Railway subjects without an official permit. As this is too complicated for the comon tourist, you best ask the train staff for how to take pictures - they usually will help you. But be always careful and strongly avoid taking pictures in front of railway police staff.
This is exactly what I heard and that's also why I didn't expect to be able to take pictures of railway subjects in Iran. However, when I left the train in Tabriz I held my camera in front of me, clearly visible for the numerous police officers at the platform, but no one made any remarks about me taking pictures when I did so. The only thing the policemen said to me was "welcome to Iran!" or "welcome in East-Azerbaijan!" In Esfahan I asked the military police officers who checked my ID if I could take pictures in the building, and they said that I could (just not of the police office). On the platform I asked the train drivers if I could take a picture of the engine and again, their only response was "welcome to Iran, of course photo ok!"

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The blue/white train on the left is Nour al Reza (name of the passenger company). On the right you see one (red) Ghazal car which is in service of different passenger train companies. Both are Chinese built, with Nour al Reza built from 2011 on, Ghazal from 2006.

This train is called Poulur Sabz. It is operated by RAJA passenger train company which operates every other day on the Tehran-Shiraz line alternated with Nour al Reza. While the onboard service is pretty much the same, the RAJA train uses wagons which have been built in Romania in 2000. They have European profile while the Chinese cars have a slightly larger profile, especially in the upper part of the compartment.
I got the names from the website where I bought the train tickets (http://www.iranrail.net), so some of the names over there seem to be wrong. I've checked by train tickets, the Tehran-Shiraz ticket indeed has "Poulur Sabz" on it (پلور سبز), the one from Esfahan to Mashhad is "Ghazal", so this seems to be correct.

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The line was opened in 2009. With the completition of the (Shiraz)-Eqlid-Yazd and Shiraz-Bushehr lines the station will see more traffic in the future. Actually there are only 1-2 trains per day.
What other services currently go to Shiraz, apart from the daily night train to Tehran?

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Luckily, but the works for the Esfahan metro seem to have taken quite a while already.
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RZD International to electrify Iranian line
Wednesday, November 25, 2015



RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) subsidiary RZD International has signed a contract with Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) to electrify the existing 495km railway between Garmsar, on the Tehran - Mashhand main line, and Incheboron on the border with Turkmenistan via Sari and Bandar Turkman, 203km of which runs through the Alborz Mountains

Under the contract, RZD International will develop, supply, equip and construct electrification on the line which serves 32 stations and operates through 95 tunnels. RZD says the project, which will take three years to complete, will significantly increase capacity on the line and maximum speeds on certain stretches. The contract is worth in excess of €1.2bn and is financed by a Russian Federation government credit allocation to the government of Iran

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