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Old May 8th, 2017, 07:53 PM   #41
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Photos: Crucial rail link inaugurated in western Iran : http://theiranproject.com/blog/2017/...-western-iran/

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

The federation signed a memorandum of understanding with Iranís 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 Iranís largest organizations involved in the countryís 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.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 03:02 PM   #42
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Hey, I'm looking for pictures of any six axle electric locomotives in Iran, since I've seen none on the web.
You will not find any as there aren't. The only electric locomotives of Iranian Railways are RC4 type. They have 4 axles.


Picture taken in Jolfa station, April 2016.
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Old May 13th, 2017, 08:36 PM   #43
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Isn't there also another type of electric loco used on a suburban line in the north of Tehran ? Chinese rolling stock if I remember well. But I do not think they are 6 axles...
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Isn't there also another type of electric loco used on a suburban line in the north of Tehran ? Chinese rolling stock if I remember well. But I do not think they are 6 axles...
Yes, Tehran-Karaj suburban line also has electric locomotives. It is part of Tehran's subway network (line Nr 5).

No, also these locomotives are 4-axle.


This picture was taken in May 2015. I think it was in Ecbatan station. It is not very easy to take pictures on the subway network as it is strictly forbidden and guards get easily angry...
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Old July 25th, 2017, 10:02 PM   #45
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Tehran Ė Mashhad electrification loan signed

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IRAN: A US$1∑5bn loan agreement to finance electrification of the 926 km Tehran Ė Mashhad main line was signed by China EximBank on July 25. Iranís Bank of Industry & Mine will act as the Iranian governmentís guarantor.

The 25 kV 50 Hz electrification project forms part of a programme to upgrade the route to raise the maximum speed from 160 km/h to 200 km/h, reduce journey times from 12 h to 6 h and increase capacity to 33 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of freight per year by 2032.

Planning for the electrification has been underway since 2012. In June 2014 a contract to install and maintain overhead equipment and procure 70 locomotives was awarded to a consortium of Chinese companies China National Machinery Import & Export Corp, SU Power and local industrial group MAPNA. A year later Iran and China reached an agreement for the project to be financed through Chinese loans. Work was ceremonially launched by President Hassan Rouhani in February 2016.

The overall cost is now put at US$2∑56bn, of which two-thirds is to be financed by the Chinese government at a low-interest rates and one-third would be covered by China Export & Credit Insurance Corp.
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Tehran-Qom-Isfahan high speed rail I under construction? When it will open?
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:49 PM   #47
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshe.../#1bfefa3e1ebf

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, Iran’s transportation dreams have a major problem in the current reality: Decades of sanctions have left the country’s 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 2025—creating a yearly demand for roughly 8,000-10,000 new wagons in the process.

Iran’s 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:

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China was Iran’s economic lifeline during the period of heavy sanctions and now Iran is a fundamental link in the country’s Belt and Road Initiative—a 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 Iran’s railroad sector.

In February, the first freight train from China arrived in Tehran and a few months later, China’s 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 Iran’s 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 China’s Xinjiang Province. This line is also slated to link up with Iran’s 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, Italy’s 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, France’s 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, Russia’s 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 country’s 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

Tehran’s rail ambitions have direct synergy with the development strategies of surrounding countries, as China’s Belt and Road Initiative, India and Russia’s International North-South Transport Corridor, Kazakhstan’s Nurly Zhol, India and Japan’s Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, as well as Azerbaijan’s 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.
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Iran orders 450 DMU cars from Hyundai Rotem
HYUNDAI Rotem announced on December 4 that it has been awarded a Won 929.3bn ($US 856m) contract by Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) to supply 150 three-car DMUs for Raja Passenger Train Company.


The first 150 vehicles will be built at Hyundai Rotemís plan in Changwon, Korea. The remaining 300 vehicles will be assembled locally by Iranian Rail Industries Development (Irico). All 450 cars will be delivered within 78 months of contract signing.

The order follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by RAI and Hyundai Rotem in May 2016.

Hyundai Rotem was awarded a contract in 2004 to supply 150 regional DMU cars to RAI. Deliveries started in 2007 and the first 24 trains were built in Korea, while the remaining 24 were to be assembled by Irico.

However, the imposition of international sanctions on Iran in 2010 meant only 68 vehicles were delivered without payment to the Korean manufacturer. Following the lifting of sanctions in January 2016 Iran made a payment of Won 85.5bn to Hyundai-Rotem, enabling production to resume.

Trains from the latest order will be capable of 160km/h, compared with 120km/h for the 2004 order, and the new DMUs will also feature LCD passenger information screens, an area for passengers with wheelchairs, and a separate luggage compartment.
Glad to see some decent-speed units entering Iran's fleet; anyone have a guess as to where they might be going into service?
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