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swiss are in general very conversative when it comes to iran! there is not even a single direct flight between the 2 countries.
Apparently the Swiss company is afraid of negative consequence on their important activities in the US and don't want to speak much about their deal
 

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Iran signs deal with China to connect key port to rail network

TEHRAN (AFP) - China will build a train line connecting the Iranian port of Bushehr to the rest of the country's railway network under a US$700 million (S$920 million) deal signed on Wednesday (March 7).

The agreement was inked in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi and officials from China Machinery Industry Construction Group.

It will see the group build a 400-kilometre railway between the Gulf port and the southern city of Shiraz, IRNA state news agency cited officials as saying without specifying when construction would get underway.

This would complete the "North-South Railway Corridor" in line with Iran's goal of becoming a transport hub for goods between the Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, Russia and Central Asia.

Products arriving at Bushehr, Iran's second biggest port after Bandar Abbas, also on the Gulf, currently have to be transported by road.

The Bushehr-Shiraz rail project is one of seven the government is working on totalling 2,300 kilometres in tracks, according to IRNA.

China is Iran's biggest economic and trading partner.

In September, the Asian giant granted lines of credit worth US$10 billion for five banks financing infrastructure projects.

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/m...ith-china-to-connect-key-port-to-rail-network


China’s Puzhen to finance manufacturing subway wagons in Iran

TEHRAN – Chinese rolling stock company, CRRC Nanjing Puzhen, signed a deal with Iran’s Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) on Wednesday for financing the joint manufacturing of subway wagons in Iran.

Based on the contract, the Chinese side is going to collaborate with an Iranian company called Wagon Pars Arak in Markazi Province to build 450 wagons, IRNA reported.

According to IDRO’s Managing Director Mansour Moazami, the subway wagons are going to be used in Shiraz, Tabriz and Ahvaz cities’ subways and the Chinese side has agreed to fund up to 85 percent of the contract’s total value.

“Based on the preliminary talks, €25 million is needed for equipping and operating Wagon Pars Company and Puzhen has agreed to make the investment”, he said.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421874/China-s-Puzhen-to-finance-manufacturing-subway-wagons-in-Iran
 

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Kermanshah railway opened on March 19, 2018

With the participation of the President of Iran, Dr Hassan Rouhani, the final section of the Kermanshah railway has been opened on the last day of the Iranian year 1396.

The length of this section is 110 km, which starts at Firouzan station and connects the city of Kermanshah with a population of 950.000 inhabitants to the national railway network.

Malayer to Firouzan section, 66 km has been opened last year while Arak (Samangan) to Malayer, 90 km has been opened several years ago. The western line starts at Jamal Abad junction south of Arak (https://goo.gl/maps/azffTC8eubG2), on the Transiranian railway.

The line is part of a long international trading route which will run from Arak to the Iraqi border at Khosravi and further to Khanqin and Bagdad in Iraq. The full lenght of the Iranian section will be 605 km, with Kermanshah to West Islamabad mostly finished.

According to several news agencies, the operation of trains on this section has been started with a pilgrim train to Mashad - a long standing tradition in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which may be aimed to please the religious authorities. It is not yet known when a regular and more useful service to the general public will start.


Picture of the opening ceremony at Kermanshah station from www.tasnimnews.com

Source of information: https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/12/29/1685239/%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%87%D9%86-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D8%A8-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AD-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%AD%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%AA-%D9%86%D8%AE%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B3
 

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so from shiraz you would need to go for to esfahan first and from esfahan to yazd?
No. The line will be more direct. It will go through Abarkuh. Eqlid is south east of Abadeh. Have a look on google maps. It is almost the shortest way between Shiraz and Yazd. But it will use the Shiraz to Esfahan line between Shiraz and Eqlid station.

Have a look at this post. It shows the line on the satellite map.
 

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Kermanshah to Mashad train available

Kermanshah to Mashad train is now bookable on public portals.


The train runs every four days (difficult to memorize - you must check when it is available). It does not stop in Tehran.
Not really a useful public service, it may satisfy the need of Mashadi pilgrims. Hopefully there will be a regular and daily service to Tehran soon.
 

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Iran, Russia Discuss $3.7b Rail Project



I ran has proposed conducting a project with Russian Railways to electrify a 3,000-kilometer railroad that might cost up to €3 billion ($3.7 billion), the company’s First Deputy CEO Alexander Misharin said on Monday.

“Three thousand kilometers, a big project, we agreed to sit down at the negotiating table and discuss it. This is a big project; we need to fold the financing scheme; this is €2-3 billion. This sounded several times today,” Misharin, who visited Tehran as part of the Russian delegation, told Sputnik.

“The company already has a contract signed. We already signed a contract for the electrification of the Garmsar-Inche Burun line, and it includes, among other things, access to other lines. Now we are considering what these will be, the sections that are part of the North-South corridor, maybe this will be Tehran-Tabriz … This is the next stage of our discussion. Today the Iranian side proposed to expand our cooperation; we are ready to discuss it,” he said.

A contract worth €1.2 billion was signed between Iran and Russia in 2015 on electrifying Garmsar-Sari-Gorgan-Incheh Borun railroad.

“As per the agreement, the electric locomotives will be manufactured inside Iran and in cooperation with Iranian firms,” Mohsen Pourseyyed-Aqaei, former managing director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, said at the time.

The official added that the implementation of the project would send transit capacity to 8 million tons. The contract will be financed by Russian banks and take 36 months to complete.

“Russia is a prominent railroad power. It has an extensive network of railroads, which account for 85% of all freight transported by the country. An important element of our cooperation is the International North-South Transport Corridor that, as you know, begins in Europe and extends to India via Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. We seek to ensure that Iranian railroads become the primary transit element of the corridor,” the chairman of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways’ International Affairs Department told Sputnik Persian in September 2017.

Abbas Nazari added that the length of the Iranian segment of the corridor is about 2,000 kilometers.

“Russia and Iran need each other to move their freight between Europe and Asia, and Tehran enjoys an unprecedented level of technological cooperation with Moscow,” he said.

The official further said Iran cooperates with Russia on several important rail-related ventures, like the joint manufacturing of railroad carriages.

The Industrial Development and Renovation Organization signed a €2.5 billion contract with Russia’s CJSC Transmashholding in Tehran in July 2017 for the joint production of rolling stock in Iran.

Based on the contract, a joint venture will be formed between IDRO and the Russian company, with the Russian side holding an 80% stake and the Iranian side 20%.

Transmashholding CEO Kirill V. Lipa told Financial Tribune after the signing of the contract that the capacity of the joint venture will depend on the depth of localization.

“For assembling, we’re thinking about 300-400 units per year,” he said.

The largest manufacturer of locomotives and rail equipment in Russia with Dutch firm Breakers Investments BV and French engineering group as its stakeholders, Transmashholding will be taking over Iran’s Wagon Pars Company to start manufacturing.

The International North–South Transport Corridor is a 7,200-kilometer interconnected network of railroads, roads and shipping lanes designed to facilitate the flow of freight through India, Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan, as well as European and Central Asian states.

On Monday, a delegation of Russian State Duma led by Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and comprising representatives of state companies and ministries paid an official visit to Iran.

Within the framework of the visit, a meeting was held with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani. A joint business forum was held at Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture in Tehran.

Volodin and Larijani on Monday signed an agreement to set up a new high-level commission on cooperation between the two countries’ parliaments. The commission, co-chaired by the speakers, has been created to help exchange legislative experience and coordinate bilateral activities in international organizations, including for ensuring regional security, and countering terrorism and drug trafficking.

Parliamentary consultations will be held on energy, transport, industry and scientific issues and the exchange of technologies, according to the Duma statement.

The commission will convene annually and alternately in Russia and Iran. The task for the two parliaments is to render legislative support to agreements reached at the level of the heads of state, Volodin said, as reported by RT.

https://financialtribune.com/articl...ts/84454/iran-russia-discuss-37b-rail-project
 

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Garmsar - Incheh Boroon electrification started

TEHRAN, Jul. 02 (MNA) – A ceremony on Monday officially marked the start of operation for electrifying Garmsar-Incheh Borun rail route in central and north-eastern Iran.

At a ceremony, on Monday, the construction operation for electrifying a train line, linking north-central Iran to the northeastern border with Turkmenistan, officially kicked off.

Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi and a host of Russian and Iranian officials were present at the ceremony.

The Russian side had already signed an agreement to provide 1.2 billion euros finance to electrify the 430-kilometer-long railroad connecting the city of Garmsar in Semnan Province with the city of Incheh Borun to its northeast in Golestan Province.

The operation started from 2 points in Sari and Gorgan

Also Saeed Mohammadzadeh, Deputy Road Minister and CEO of Railway Company, Tehran Governor, MP members of the Civil Affairs Committee of Iranian parliament along with a group of deputies and leading railway directors were among the attendants.

It is noteworthy that the rail track in the Garmsar-Incheh range is one-way with a length of 495 kilometers in Semnan province and ends in Golestan province with passing from Tehran and Mazandaran.

The first part of the route to be constructed has a length of 203 km and starts at an altitude of 851 meters above sea level and passes through the Alborz mountain range with a maximum elevation of 2115 meters above sea level.

The second part of the railway passes from areas adjacent to the Caspian Sea, which is in the plains.

“The implementation of the contract will improve the capacity of passenger trains and raise transit to 8 million tons,” said RAI (the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways) Managing Director Mohsen Poursaeed-Aqaei who signed the agreement in 2015.

The train line, among the first in Iran with a history of 80 years, extends to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and links the Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and beyond.

The project will be financed by the Russian government and will be implemented in 36 months, which includes manufacturing all electric locomotives inside Iran, electrifying 495 kilometers of railway and building 32 stations and 95 tunnels.

“With the implementation of this contract, besides the electrification of the line, tunnels on the way will be enlarged, enabling Russian and other transit wagons to ply conveniently on it,” Poursaeed-Aqaei said.

“Overall, we will witness the establishment of an electrified and modern train line in the country’s north,” he added.

Russia will be financing the project as part of its $5 billion credit line for infrastructure projects in Iran. Russian state lender Vnesheconombank will grant another 2 billion euro export loan to the Islamic Republic.

Source: Mehr News Agency

Pictures of the ceremony at irna.ir
 

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Garmsar – Incheh Borun electrification gets underway

RZD International officially launched work to electrify the Garmsar – Incheh Borun line with a ceremony on July 2.

The 495 km route links the Tehran – Mashhad main line with the border with Turkmenistan. The electrification and upgrading project is scheduled to take 52 months and aims to increase the capacity of the route to 10 million tonnes/year, supporting the development of the North-South corridor between Russia, Central Asia and Iran east of the Caspian Sea.
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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/...cheh-borun-electrification-gets-underway.html

https://twitter.com/Iran_NewsRoom/status/1013849383840837632
 

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Qazvin to Rasht railway test run

On Azar 1st (22 November 2018) a passenger train with official representatives and journalists reached Rasht station in Gilan.
The 164 km long line should open for regular passenger passenger service by the month of Bahman (early Ferbuary 2019).

The line is the second railway route crossing Alborz mountains (after Transiranian railway from 1930ies) and has dozens of tunnels as well as some spectacular bridges, among them the now longest railway bridge of Iran at Mangil lake with 1,4 km of lenght.

The following pictures of Rasht station and the promotion train are from different Iranian websites (chamedanmag.ir, shabestan.ir, khateetedal.ir)





















 

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the mixtures of styles in the construction of the facility is very annoying, i really dont know who designs the complexes and the infrastructure, its several km out of the city and hardly has any proper connecting infrastructure to the city,

i couldnt find any tramway line or proper quick bus service either (regular bus only), but its just too much of a hassle.

the whole north can be connected with a light railway system
 

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the mixtures of styles in the construction of the facility is very annoying, i really dont know who designs the complexes and the infrastructure, its several km out of the city and hardly has any proper connecting infrastructure to the city,

i couldnt find any tramway line or proper quick bus service either (regular bus only), but its just too much of a hassle.

the whole north can be connected with a light railway system
Architectural styles may please to some and not to others. Generally speaking, new railway stations in Iran are built with a monumental style and rich materials. Most of them look like cathedrals in the desert. But this is due to the late arrival of railway in most cities.

When Europe and US had their railways built 100 and more years ago, most of the stations where on the outskirts of the cities. But in one to one and a half century the cities have grown and included those railway stations which are almost all close to the city center today.

Even Tehran, Qom, Sari, Arak, Ahvaz or Kashan have the stations close to the center because railway joined in the 1930ies or 1940ies.

By the time of last Shah railway followed mostly the US model - with its main function in freight transport. This is why cities like Esfahan or Kerman got their train stations far from the city center.

The policy was not revised after the revolution, although it became clear that railway will have a major role in passenger transport. Shiraz, Bandar Abbas and more recently Kermanshah, Hamedan, Urmia and Rasht have got railway stations in the middle of nowhere, sometimes even more distant from the center then the airport.

There has been a lot of criticism about this planning policy. In the case of Hamedan a new station, nearer to the city is planned. There are also talks about a second station nearer to Rasht city center. Same applies for new railway to Ardebil.

In Shiraz metro will be extended to the railway station, as well as in Esfahan. But again the new high speed railway terminal in Esfahan will be located next to the new stadium, far from city center, while it was first planned near Kaveh bus terminal. In this case it seems that the cost of a railway tunnel up to Kaveh terminal would have been too costly.

There is, however, one positive exception: new (second) Tabriz railway station will be located right behind El Goli with direct connection to the subway.

When it comes to connection with bus service, there is almost no railway station in Iran connected by public transport, except Tehran and Mashad which have metro stations next to their main stations. Tabriz has a well functioning BRT which unfortunately has its terminus 800 meters from the main station building. No reason why it does not stop right in front of the railway station.

But there is currently another big problem with all the new destinations recently joined by the railway: most of them have very few trains, some of them not even daily - like Kermanshah, Hamedan and since November 2018 Urmia. Furthermore these very few trains have mostly uncomfortable departure or arrival times. Some connections are optimized for Mashad, but may leave or join the capital in the middle of the night.

Cities like Kermanshah, Hamedan, Urmia, Rasht and of course Esfahan or Tabriz would deserve a hourly train service. With railway still used widely under its potential passenger capacity the question of railway station connection to the cities is almost a minor problem...
 
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