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Old April 26th, 2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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TURKMENISTAN | Railways

Some photos from Turkmenistan's railway.

Тепловоз CKD9С китайского производства с грузовым поездом в районе ст. Туркменбаши-I, Туркменской ЖД:



Станция Туркменбаши-II, Туркменской ЖД с высоты птичьего полета:



Тепловозы 2ТЭ10Л, Серхетабад [Кушка]:



Тепловоз ТЭМ3 тянет грузовой тепловоз CKD9C производства CSR Ziyang Locomotive Co. (Китай) в направлении станции Туркменбаши-I:

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Old May 19th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #2
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Interesting pictures! I'm planning some kind of around Asia trip (as much as possible overland) and I'm wondering how easy or hard it is to travel through Central Asia, especially Turkmenistan since I've read that this country is the hardest one?
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Old May 20th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #3
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Interesting pictures! I'm planning some kind of around Asia trip (as much as possible overland) and I'm wondering how easy or hard it is to travel through Central Asia, especially Turkmenistan since I've read that this country is the hardest one?
"Hardest" is the right word indeed. I'm trying to plan a "silk route" rail trip
from Istanbul to China and Turkmenistan is the only part of the trip that I
haven't figured out yet.

I know that from Mashhad, Iran, you can approach Turkmenistan as close
as the border city of Saracks. But trains do not cross the border and on
the turkmen side, the rail line to Ashgabat carries only goods, not passengers.
So this part of the trip (not long, 40 miles or so) has to be done by bus.

The border with Uzbekistan is the mysterious part. It is very difficult to find
documentation on Internet about the trains running in this part of the world.
A look on the map shows a railway line that seems to be used by the train
Moscow-Dushambe, and that crosses the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border
before heading to Tadjikistan. Can one board this train somewhere in
Turkmenistan to travel from Ashgabat to Tashkent ? I would really like to
know...

To go from Istanbul to Tehran is easy, with the weekly trans-asia express
(I have done it). From there to Mashhad there are several trains each day.

Once you are in Ouzbekistan, travelling to Kazakhstan (Almaty) and then
to China (Urumqui and beyond) is really piece of cake.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 12:30 AM   #4
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"Hardest" is the right word indeed. I'm trying to plan a "silk route" rail trip
from Istanbul to China and Turkmenistan is the only part of the trip that I
haven't figured out yet.

I know that from Mashhad, Iran, you can approach Turkmenistan as close
as the border city of Saracks. But trains do not cross the border and on
the turkmen side, the rail line to Ashgabat carries only goods, not passengers.
So this part of the trip (not long, 40 miles or so) has to be done by bus.

The border with Uzbekistan is the mysterious part. It is very difficult to find
documentation on Internet about the trains running in this part of the world.
A look on the map shows a railway line that seems to be used by the train
Moscow-Dushambe, and that crosses the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border
before heading to Tadjikistan. Can one board this train somewhere in
Turkmenistan to travel from Ashgabat to Tashkent ? I would really like to
know...

To go from Istanbul to Tehran is easy, with the weekly trans-asia express
(I have done it). From there to Mashhad there are several trains each day.

Once you are in Ouzbekistan, travelling to Kazakhstan (Almaty) and then
to China (Urumqui and beyond) is really piece of cake.
I've understood it in that way too; that all the other stan's on the way are easy, just Turkmenistan that is like this... But I got over this website on some other forum, don't remember if it was Lonely Planet or which one.. Iran by Train; I think it gives a good idea of things. But if I'm not completely wrong you have to get this guide following you as you make your way through Turkmenistan! This seems really crazy but I think it's a great way to get to know the country better as well.

So you're gonna go Silk Road, I hope you've found Seat61? Probably the best site so far for me, since I'm planning to go Finland (I'm Finnish) to Japan via Russia, and then make my way down to Singapore, and after that I'm going to continue towards India, and then going around Afghanistan via the former Soviet states.. Perhaps we could help each other with the routes between China (I'll probably go Pakistan-Kazakhstan via Urumqi..) and Europe? And on the same we perhaps get to add something to these threads about Central Asia which are not so popular or large-scaled.
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Map of Turkmenistan transportation



Map of Turkmenistan including railroads, airports, and major roads.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 11:28 PM   #6
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But if I'm not completely wrong you have to get this guide following you as you make your way through Turkmenistan! This seems really crazy but I think it's a great way to get to know the country better as well.
You need to have a guide with you, AND a visit program pre-arranged
and completely booked before you enter the country, IF you have a
tourist visa. If you have only a transit visa, valid for 5 days max, then
you need no guide at all.
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Map of Turkmenistan including railroads, airports, and major roads.
This map is largely incomplete. For something much better, look at
http://parovoz.com/maps/supermap/sup...=6&LANG=en#MAP
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and then make my way down to Singapore, and after that I'm going to continue towards India, and then going around Afghanistan via the former Soviet states.. Perhaps we could help each other with the routes between China (I'll probably go Pakistan-Kazakhstan via Urumqi..) and Europe? And on the same we perhaps get to add something to these threads about Central Asia which are not so popular or large-scaled.
-You'll need some non-rail connection between the vietnam and Thai networks
- Impossible to enter Burma by land (all borders are closed), so from Singapore to India you'll have to fly...
- Once you're in India, you can cross into Pakistan but rail-wise this is a dead
end... May be get into China by road with the Karakorum Highway ?
- Then it is easy to reach Urumqui and from there you have continuous rail
up to Finland...
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-You'll need some non-rail connection between the vietnam and Thai networks
- Impossible to enter Burma by land (all borders are closed), so from Singapore to India you'll have to fly...
- Once you're in India, you can cross into Pakistan but rail-wise this is a dead
end... May be get into China by road with the Karakorum Highway ?
- Then it is easy to reach Urumqui and from there you have continuous rail
up to Finland...
Yes I'm aware of those non-rail parts, but thanks anyway! Yeah, Burma... It's a problem. But a Singapore-Bangalore flight isn't still that much of an expensive idea, since Tiger airways seems fairly cheap.

But the Transit Visas, are these hard to get (like 10 days of waiting etc.) and where are you able to get them, only in Turkestan embassy's in Central Asia, and how do they actually work? You probably need to be able to show tickets through and a visa to Iran right? And about the other stans, tourist visa is completely free for movement around the countries and these can be obtained easily before the trip/reaching the country? I don't know but Singapore seems like a good place to get visas in advance if this is an option.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 07:55 PM   #10
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But the Transit Visas, are these hard to get (like 10 days of waiting etc.) and where are you able to get them, only in Turkestan embassy's in Central Asia, and how do they actually work? You probably need to be able to show tickets through and a visa to Iran right? And about the other stans, tourist visa is completely free for movement around the countries and these can be obtained easily before the trip/reaching the country? I don't know but Singapore seems like a good place to get visas in advance if this is an option.
I always get all the visas I need in Belgium before leaving. For transit visas,
what you need to show usually is the visa of the country you are going to.
In my case I would have to show an Uzbek visa and explain I will be coming
from Iran. Getting those visas in Brussels is not too complicated : as it is
the EU Capital, most countries have an embassy there, even Turkmenistan.
And trying to proceed that way is a good option, as there are countries that
deliver visas to foreigners only in their country of residence...
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Ashgabat Railway Station:







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Hello, nice pictures ! Could you explain where they were taken, specially the second one ? Looks like a border station...
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Hello, nice pictures ! Could you explain where they were taken, specially the second one ? Looks like a border station...
This is new Turkmenistan-Kazakstan border. Opened in 2013.

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Atamurat-Kerkichi Bridge in Lebap Province of Turkmenistan. Total length 1,414 metres (4,639 ft). Constructed by Altcom, Ukraine.





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Very interesting, that map...
If I understand well, the border station is the one at the top left border on the map,
and the bridge is at the bottom right ; is that OK ? So, before that bridge was built,
there was no connection between the two railway lines at each side of the river ?
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Very interesting, that map...
If I understand well, the border station is the one at the top left border on the map,
and the bridge is at the bottom right ; is that OK ? So, before that bridge was built,
there was no connection between the two railway lines at each side of the river ?
I'm sorry, my English is not very good to understand it. But this new map.
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Turkmenistan Railways, Geok Tepe, Turkmenistan, June 29, 2008

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Turkmenistan Railways, Geok Tepe, Turkmenistan, June 29, 2008

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Turkmenistan Railways, China-built passenger locomotive, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, November 18, 2007

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Ashgabat railway station. Begench Tajiyev

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