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Old November 26th, 2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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AZERBAIJAN | Railways

Does anyone have pics from trains and railways (ADDY) of Azerbaijan? If so, please post here.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 08:38 PM   #3
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ADDY (Azerbaycan Dovlet Demir Yolu)



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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:16 PM   #4
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Railways:
Azerbaijan has 2,125 kilometers of rail lines, excluding several small industrial lines. Most lines are 1.520 metre broad gauge, and the principal routes are electrified (1,278km). In the 1990s, the rail system carried the vast majority of the country's freight.
As with the highway system, one of the two main lines parallels the Caspian Sea coast from Russia to Iran before heading west to Turkey, and the other closely parallels Route M27 from Baku to the Georgian border. A major spur also parallels the highway to Xankandi. Another smaller rail line begins just west of Baku and hugs the Iranian border to provide the only rail link to Azerbaijan's Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, isolated southwest of Armenia. Passenger service from Baku to Erevan has been suspended. In 1994 passenger service from Baku to Iran also was halted.

Some improvements to the network have been made in the last few years, with EU funding.

The network and the trains are operated by Azerbaijan State Railway (ADDY - Azerbaycan Dövlet Demir Yolu). Some investment has been made in trains recently with the consequent reflexes in the quality of services.

From Baku there are train connections with Tbilisi in Georgia and Derbent in Dagestan (Russian Federation), as well as Moscow, Rostov, Kiev, Kharkiv (Ukraine), Brest (Belarus) and other major cities in the CIS. The train between Baku and Tibilisi, Georgia, is inexpensive. A luxury train also runs to Tblisi: the "Silk Road Express", tickets start at 200 Euros, round-trip. Fares include sleeping compartments, dinner and a full breakfast in the train's restaurant car.

There is a railway connecting the autonomous republic of Nakhichevan with Tabriz in Iran, but there are not yet any connections to the main part of Azerbaijan.



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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:19 PM   #5
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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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Kars–Tbilisi–Baku railway





The Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway, or Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku railway, is a regional rail link project to directly connect Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project is due to be completed by 2010.

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In total 98 kilometers (61 mi) of new line will be built between Kars and Akhalkalaki, with 68 kilometers (42 mi) within Turkey and 30 kilometers (19 mi) in Georgia. The existing line from Akhalkalaki on to Tbilisi and Baku will be modernized.

The new railway link is intended to provide an alternative route to the existing Kars Gyumri Akhalkalaki railway line whch has been out of use since 1993, when Turkey closed its border with Armenia to support Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia following the Nagorno-Karabakh War. A multi-lateral accord to build the link was signed by the three countries in January 2005, but the European Union and the United States have said they will not assist in promoting or developing the line because it is designed to bypass Armenia.

For the construction of the railroad on Georgian territory, Azerbaijan is providing a US$220 million loan, repayable in 25 years, with an annual interest rate of only 1%. A concessional loan agreement for this financing has already been signed between a Georgian state-owned company Marabda-Karsi Railroad LLC and Azerbaijan. As of September 2007, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan has allocated the first US$50 million installment of this loan.
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Proposed High Speed Trains for Azerbaijan



Today.Az » Business » Azerbaijan may buy Korean bullet trains

Korean high-speed trains may run through the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Construction and Transportation said on Monday.


"The United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan expressed strong wills to adopt the Korean high-speed railway system during President Roh Moo-hyun's recent visit to those countries," the ministry said in a statement.

According to The Korea Herald, the ministry therefore plans to dispatch a task force jointly organized by the Korea Railroad Research Institute and the Korea Rail Network Authority to prepare for building railroads in the two nations.

The UAE plans to invest $3 billion in setting up a 130-kilometer high-speed railway connecting the airports in the capital Abu Dhabi and the city of Dubai. Azerbaijan also plans to spend $20 billion in building a 503-kilometer high-speed railroad from the capital Baku to the neighboring country Georgia.

High-speed trains developed by the KRRI are currently under test operation at home and are to be in use by October next year. The railway will connect the capital with the country's southwest.

The Transportation Ministry also plans to enter the railroad markets of China and Brazil, and to form a council of government and industry experts to support the overseas sales.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 11:26 PM   #8
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Kars–Tbilisi–Baku railway



The Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway, or Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku railway, is a regional rail link project to directly connect Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project is due to be completed by 2010

In total 98 kilometers (61 mi) of new line will be built between Kars and Akhalkalaki, with 68 kilometers (42 mi) within Turkey and 30 kilometers (19 mi) in Georgia. The existing line from Akhalkalaki on to Tbilisi and Baku will be modernized.

The new railway link is intended to provide an alternative route to the existing Kars Gyumri Akhalkalaki railway line whch has been out of use since 1993, when Turkey closed its border with Armenia to support Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia following the Nagorno-Karabakh War. A multi-lateral accord to build the link was signed by the three countries in January 2005., but the European Union and the United States have said they will not assist in promoting or developing the line because it is designed to bypass Armenia.

For the construction of the railroad on Georgian territory, Azerbaijan is providing a US$220 million loan, repayable in 25 years, with an annual interest rate of only 1%. A concessional loan agreement for this financing has already been signed between a Georgian state-owned company Marabda-Karsi Railroad LLC and Azerbaijan. As of September 2007, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan has allocated the first US$50 million installment of this loan.

On November 21, 2007, the presidents of Azerbaijan - Ilham Aliyev, Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili, and Turkey - Abdullah Gul inaugurated the construction of the railroad at a groundbreaking ceremony in the village of Marabda in southern Georgia, and the first rails are expected to be laid by March or April 2008.
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Where exactly is the location in this photo?
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Has construction of the border crossing and break-of-gauge station between Turkey and Georgia begun yet?

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Where exactly is the location in this photo?
I think it is in Georgia
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Has construction of the border crossing and break-of-gauge station between Turkey and Georgia begun yet?
The construction going on. Dono about border crossing if it begun or not.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:30 PM   #13
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Will there be a gauge changing facility?
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Will there be a gauge changing facility?
Yes, there has to be. Turkey is standard gauge, Georgia is Russian broad gauge.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #15
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Kars–Tbilisi–Baku railway



The Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway, or Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku railway, is a regional rail link project to directly connect Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project is due to be completed by 2010

In total 98 kilometers (61 mi) of new line will be built between Kars and Akhalkalaki, with 68 kilometers (42 mi) within Turkey and 30 kilometers (19 mi) in Georgia. The existing line from Akhalkalaki on to Tbilisi and Baku will be modernized.

The new railway link is intended to provide an alternative route to the existing Kars Gyumri Akhalkalaki railway line whch has been out of use since 1993, when Turkey closed its border with Armenia to support Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia following the Nagorno-Karabakh War. A multi-lateral accord to build the link was signed by the three countries in January 2005., but the European Union and the United States have said they will not assist in promoting or developing the line because it is designed to bypass Armenia.

For the construction of the railroad on Georgian territory, Azerbaijan is providing a US$220 million loan, repayable in 25 years, with an annual interest rate of only 1%. A concessional loan agreement for this financing has already been signed between a Georgian state-owned company Marabda-Karsi Railroad LLC and Azerbaijan. As of September 2007, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan has allocated the first US$50 million installment of this loan.

On November 21, 2007, the presidents of Azerbaijan - Ilham Aliyev, Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili, and Turkey - Abdullah Gul inaugurated the construction of the railroad at a groundbreaking ceremony in the village of Marabda in southern Georgia, and the first rails are expected to be laid by March or April 2008.
Recent political developments suggest that the relations between Turkey and
Armenia might restart, after all. If this dream becomes true, this Kars-Tbilissi-
Baku project might just be dead. Armenians insist a lot that their railway thru
Gyumri should be used for the traffic between Turkey and Baku, instead of
building a new one, so if the border re-opens, activity will probably resume
over there...

Also, by the way, there is a big error on this map. The railway between Jolfa
and Natchikevan is not out of use. There are some freight trains and one
or two passenger trains per week on it, between Natchikevan and Tabriz in
Iran. Those trains are advertized on the Iranian railways web site, and I saw
one of them myself when I went through Tabriz a few months ago. What is out of use is the section north of Natchikevan into Armenia, and east of Jolfa
into Azerbaijan.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #16
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even if things get better between Armenia and Turkey the new railroad will have the advantage of crossing one country less thus cutting the travelling time substantially so I don't think this project will abandoned very easily.
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even if things get better between Armenia and Turkey the new railroad will have the advantage of crossing one country less thus cutting the travelling time substantially so I don't think this project will abandoned very easily.
Not sure ! Can two countries, like Turkey, where so many infrastructure
projects co-exist already, including very expensive ones like Marmarail
and high-speed rail, and Georgia, where all available money is needed to
repair the war damages, afford to build a new railway when another one
already exists and can do the job ? I doubt very much that the projected
traffic levels will exceed the capacity of the existing line... and if Turkey
and Armenia normalize their relations, the political reason of existence
of this new line (which was to bypass Armenia all the way) will cease to
exist. So if the leaders of those two countries have some brains...
And your argument about travel time doesn't hold either. Most of the time
spent will be at the border station where track gauge changes, and this
will continue to happen even if the new line is built.
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Also, by the way, there is a big error on this map. The railway between Jolfa
and Natchikevan is not out of use. There are some freight trains and one
or two passenger trains per week on it, between Natchikevan and Tabriz in
Iran. Those trains are advertized on the Iranian railways web site, and I saw
one of them myself when I went through Tabriz a few months ago. What is out of use is the section north of Natchikevan into Armenia, and east of Jolfa
into Azerbaijan.
I could write here about the latest movements on the Bakerloo Line, but I fear I may fall asleep with boredom if I tried.

How do you come to be travelling around such an off-the-beaten track part of the world? Do you know of any jobs going which offer travels around these parts?

And how much of the new railway line has been built?
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Old September 8th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #19
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Not sure ! Can two countries, like Turkey, where so many infrastructure
projects co-exist already, including very expensive ones like Marmarail
and high-speed rail, and Georgia, where all available money is needed to
repair the war damages, afford to build a new railway when another one
already exists and can do the job ? I doubt very much that the projected
traffic levels will exceed the capacity of the existing line... and if Turkey
and Armenia normalize their relations, the political reason of existence
of this new line (which was to bypass Armenia all the way) will cease to
exist. So if the leaders of those two countries have some brains...
And your argument about travel time doesn't hold either. Most of the time
spent will be at the border station where track gauge changes, and this
will continue to happen even if the new line is built.
this project is already under construction. And it is important for Azerbaijan and Turkey. Link is between both countries... Armenia is out of projects and as long as Turkey and Azerbijan will be in any project together, Armenia will always be out, untill they normalize their relationship with Azerbijan and it seems impossible for now.
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Recent political developments suggest that the relations between Turkey and
Armenia might restart, after all. If this dream becomes true, this Kars-Tbilissi-
Baku project might just be dead. Armenians insist a lot that their railway thru
Gyumri should be used for the traffic between Turkey and Baku, instead of
building a new one, so if the border re-opens, activity will probably resume
over there...

Also, by the way, there is a big error on this map. The railway between Jolfa
and Natchikevan is not out of use. There are some freight trains and one
or two passenger trains per week on it, between Natchikevan and Tabriz in
Iran. Those trains are advertized on the Iranian railways web site, and I saw
one of them myself when I went through Tabriz a few months ago. What is out of use is the section north of Natchikevan into Armenia, and east of Jolfa
into Azerbaijan.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad construction is continuing.

It is nonsense even if Turkey opens its border with Armenia. It does not make Armenia as a transit country without normalizing relationship with Azerbaijan (withdraw Armenian forces from Azerbaijan's occupied 20% territory). Because Azerbaijan strategic location in Eurasia it makes this country on new modern Silk Road main link between Asia and Europe
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