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Old June 2nd, 2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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GEORGIA | Railways

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"Georgia: A bomb hit the Georgian railway line

At 3.30 in the morning a bomb exploded at the Khobi-Zugdidi section of the railway in western Georgia, AFP reports. No one was injured and the explosion did not cause major transport disruption.


- The damage is serious but there are no serious interruptions in the functioning of the Georgian railway,- interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told AFP.

The explosion came after Georgia's political opposition last week briefly blocked Tbilisi rail station as part of a weeks-long campaign against President Mikheil Saakashvili."

does anyone have up-to-date info about the current state of rail infrastructure in Georgia?

This is interesting: http://www.smr.gov.ge/uploads/file/D...%20Georgia.pdf
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 04:32 PM   #2
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Since aparently not much is known about railways in Georgia here's something to start with:

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Georgia: Only one bidder for reconstruction of the Poti station Georgia's state-owned company, LLC Georgian Railways, announced, that only one firm, LLC In-Si, became interested in reconstruction of Poti railway station in the west of the country. The repeated tender was held yesterday.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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There are plans to add a shopping mall to Tbilisi Central Station.

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Old June 4th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #4
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what is the source of this image?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #5
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How much of the system was damaged due to the recent wars?
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Old June 16th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #6
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How much of the system was damaged due to the recent wars?
I don't think there were any damages in railway structures... Though, They could exist... Anyway, they could be damaged only accidentally.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 03:18 PM   #7
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I don't think there were any damages in railway structures... Though, They could exist... Anyway, they could be damaged only accidentally.
The lline that links Tbilissi with Moskow and the rest of Russia goes through
Abkhazia, part of the Georgian territory but where independency is claimed
and recognized only by Moskow. There is rebellion against the official country
authority there, and as a result this line is severed at the Georgia-Abkhazia
"border". International links with Azerbaidjan and Armenia remain open. A new
international link with Turkey is being built, replacing the one that goes via
Armenia, closed by the Turks in retaliation of the Kharabagh invasion.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 02:56 PM   #8
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Georgia: Tbilisi Railway Bypass Project
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Old November 27th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #9
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Georgia: USD 125m for railway bypass around Tbilisi

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to invest USD 400m in Georgia next year. USD 125m out of this amount will be spent for construction of a railway bypass around Tbilisi.

It was announced by Olivier Descamps, the EBRD’s business group director for Southeastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, on the 26th of November.

The bank will also invest in energy and water infrastructure projects, Descamps said.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #10
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If I understand well this project, they have now a line going through the
city, with a central station, and they want to

- build a bypass line around the city for the freight trains, so that hazardous
cargoes won't anymore represent a threat to citizens if a train accident
happens - this seems quite good ;

- but also, dismantle the line going through the city centre, re-use the
real estate made free by that for construction projects, and replace
the central station, also dismantled, by two new stations, one that
will serve directions east, and the other one directions west, with no
rail connexion in between, so that cross-country connections will
become impossible - and that to me looks like pure madness : cities
served by terminal stations, such as Paris, spend fortunes to connect
them together, via hellishly expensive underground lines, and this
city, blessed by a through connection, is going exactly the opposite
way and will dismantle it... probably to replace it by a 4-lines highway.
What kind of jerk is the city planner who invented such a thing ???
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Old November 30th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #11
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The way you put it, it sounds as if the opportunity to redevelop valuable city centre land takes precedence over any sensible city planning or transport strategy.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 03:30 PM   #12
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On September 26, 3 MU trains (12 vehicles) manufactured by CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. for Georgian Railways were delivered from Shanghai seaport, China. This is CSR Puzhen’s first export project in an effort to develop the overseas market.
The contract of Georgia MU project was signed on August 2007 . CSR Puzhen has, according to the geographic environment and climatic characteristics of George, made innovations in lightweight design, human-oriented design and winter-proofing design of vehicles with the conception of lean manufacture as well as internationally advanced design software and adopted meticulous manufacturing conception, thus meeting international advanced standards in technical performance and quality.
Among the three MU trains, two are formed by a motor car and a trailer car and one is formed by four motor cars and four trailer cars. All the MUs are powered by a direct current of 3,000 volts with the design speed of 130kmph. The head is streamlined and in drum structure; and the body adopts window strap structure, new drum-type plug doors and other advanced designs and processes.




http://www.csrgc.com.cn/ens/xwzx/2009-10-16/1787.shtml
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Old December 6th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #13
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dismantle the line going through the city centre, re-use the
real estate made free by that for construction projects, and replace
the central station, also dismantled, by two new stations, one that
will serve directions east, and the other one directions west, with no
rail connexion in between, so that cross-country connections will
become impossible - and that to me looks like pure madness : cities
served by terminal stations, such as Paris, spend fortunes to connect
them together, via hellishly expensive underground lines, and this
city, blessed by a through connection, is going exactly the opposite
way and will dismantle it... probably to replace it by a 4-lines highway.
What kind of jerk is the city planner who invented such a thing ???
Yes,they plan to remove main line between eastern and western stations
as well as all railway's infrastructure from downtown,
including main depot,cargo station, repair station and factory
which gives to town mass of land in downtown for future development.

For now current situation is:

Stations from west to east:

Didube-Tbilisi Cargo-Tbilisi Central-Tbilisi Cross

Didube and Tbilisi Cross will be used for new stations Tbilisi West/East,
Tbilisi Cargo will be removed completely

Tbilisi Central will stay as Shopping Center,Central Bus station and Railways city office.
Check Tbilisi Central web page.

By the way it's almost ready.
Railway's office is opened few days ago with full functioning estimated next year JAN/FEB.

Light Rail System (Tram) will be constructed between West,Central and East Stations
with some more additional stations between as well as line will conrinue to suburban
regions both sides.
( Will be included to City Metro System)

Instead of demolished railway line,
highway which connects west and east highways will be constructed for pax,car,bus traffic.
Havy traffic and trucks anyway will use bypass highway.

Bypass railway will be constructed not only for cargo but pax traffic as well,
So trains coming from Azerbaycan/Armenia will arrive at Tbilisi East(Cross)
and continue to the West by bypass line and then
to main western line (without stop in to the Tbilisi West Station).

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Old June 3rd, 2010, 03:44 PM   #14
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Georgian Railway
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Georgian Railway LLC

Georgian Railway LLC is the national rail company of the country of Georgia.
A vital artery linking the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, it sits on the shortest route between Europe and Central Asia. Built to 1,520 mm (4 ft 115⁄6 in) standard Russian gauge, at present the fully electrified mainline of the Georgian Railway is 1323.9 km in length, consisting of 1422 bridges, 32 tunnels, 22 passenger and 114 freight stations.
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Yerevan-Batumi Railway Races to Start today
03-06-2010
Yerevan-Batumi railway races will be performed from today, Armenian ‘Arka’ reports .
The daily railway race ‘Yerevan-Batumi-Yeravan’ tickets are already sold. The first class train ticket will cost 14 351 drams (USD 37,6), ordinary compartment wagon – 12 651 drams (USD 33,2).
The Yerevan-Batumi-Yerevan race will be performed the whole summer.
http://new.interpressnews.ge/en/econ...art-today.html

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The first Georgian train
By request of «Georgian Railway» LLC, Electric Railway Car Repair Plant, for the first time in the history of independent Georgia, has constructed the Georgian train. The plant has been working over this project for 2 years and a train, as the first Georgian product, is symbolically painted in colors of a national flag.

«The train of new generation has been constructed for the first time in a Post-Soviet history, therefore Georgia can be named a leader in carriage engineering» - declared Mr. Guram Ratiani, Director of Electric Railway Car Repair Plant.

«Tbilisi Electric Railway Car Repair Plant has duly implemented the contract for freight cars of the Georgian railway. It is emphasized that Plant has already signed the export contract with the railway of Armenia. As for passenger transportation branch, the new rolling stock equipped with modern systems will run in a direction of sea resorts» – announced Mr. Irakli Ezugbaia, Director General of «Georgian Railway» LLC.

By request of «Georgian Railway» LLC, Electric Railway Car Repair Plant has constructed 3 rolling stocks. Project costs 14 million GEL. Upon implementation of the project of railway modernization, the new rolling stock conforming to European standards will cover distance from Tbilisi to Batumi in 3 hours.
http://www.railway.ge/index.php?opti...mid=50&lang=en
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A vital artery linking the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, it sits on the shortest route between Europe and Central Asia
May be, but its usage as a transit route will remain insignificant until
an agreement is reached to re-open the traffic between Georgia
and Russia through the secessionist Abkhasian region. I don't hold
my breath, though...
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Old June 4th, 2010, 08:21 PM   #18
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Georgian President attends presentation of railway line rehabilitation project
29.05.10
Georgian President attended presentation of railway line rehabilitation project in the settlement of Makhinjauri in the outskirts of Batumi in Adjara Region. Mikheil Saakashvili, holding symbolic rails, addressed the local residents there. In his speech he said that within the project new jobs will be created in Batumi very soon. The railway line will be moved from the seaside to the mountain that will vacate territories for new resorts, that according to the president means new investments in Adjara Region. After the project is completed, passengers will be able to travel from Tbilisi to Batumi by a modern electric train in tree hours.
`Batumi should actually turn into a large and very comfortable city, where 100 percent of population will be employed. This is impossible, but for this, we should have proper communications set up. This project of the railway line will allow much more people to invest money in it. Batumi will really become a rich city`, Saakashvili said.
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The foundation of new railway was laid in Makhinjauri
The President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili attended the presentation of the new project of railway in Makhinjauri. The President of Georgia addressed the population holding the symbol of rail in his hand. During his speech he noted that this project would increase the number of employed people. He said that his major aim is to abolish poverty and have 100 percent of employment rate.
"It is my principle to do everything in order to have better live. You all deserve it. Batumi must be turned into the best city not only on Black Sea region, today it is like that already, but into a very comfortable city where we will have 100 percent of employment rate. It is possible, but we need all communications to be ready for that. This is why we need this railway, the highway etc. We are planning to start the construction of new bypass road to Batumi, this project will not only employ many people, but it will give us a chance to put the railway far away from the sea coast. We are planning to put the railway higher, up in the mountains and much space will be emptied for new resorts this way. This way there will be less traffic in the center of the city and on the other hand it will become much easier to get to Batumi, because this new road will only take 2 hours and 50 minutes. Besides these all we will have more chance to attract investments in Batumi. Batumi will really become a very rich city", the President of Georgia stated.
Due to this new project the railway line will move far away from seacoast and it will give a chance to Batumi to become the center of the region. The traffic of load and the number of passengers will increase; this is one of the very important factors for tourism. New railway line will be built together with French Railways and five thousand people will be employed on this project.
http://www.president.gov.ge/index.ph...6&info_id=5231

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The construction of Batumi-Tbilisi high-speed railway will be terminated for 2012. The passengers will be able to travel from Batumi to Tbilisi in three hours.

The President of Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili, the Chairman of Government of Adjara - Levan Varshalomidze and the head of Georgian railways - Irakli Ezugbaia attended the opening ceremony of construction of the high-speed railway.

The project is executed by Georgian and French railways.
http://adjara.gov.ge/eng/index.php?page=show&id=1507
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Wasn't that train designed in cooperation with China's Nanjing Puzhen company?
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Wasn't that train designed in cooperation with China's Nanjing Puzhen company?


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Movement on the Senaki-Poti raiway magistral has been restored

Movement on the Senaki-Poti raiway magistral has been restored. Technical crew of “Georgian Railway” LLC worked whole night and has finished the recovery works at day. Final examination of the reclaimed area has been made, security measures are checked up and on the Senaki-Poti sector the first train passed early in the morning.

At present passenger and freight trains move without any difficulties.
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