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Karbala, Najaf Plan Rail Link

By John Lee. The provincial councils of Karbala [Karbala] and Najaf have agreed to connect the two cities by rail. According to a report from Aswat Al Iraq, it is expected that Chinese or South Korean companies will implement the project. The intention is to facilitate the transport between the two holy cities, particularly during […]

Iraq to Rebuild Rail System

Plans to revive Iraq’s rail system are gaining pace, reports Reuters. Last year the railway company opened a 32-km line between Mussayab [Musayyib, Musayyab], south of Baghdad, and the holy city of Kerbala to transfer hundreds of thousands of pilgrims during Shi’ite religious festivals. It is also building a new railway parallel to the old […]

Iranian Company to Develop Iraqi Railways

Iraq’s Transport Ministry has agreed in principle to award the business to develop and maintain its damaged railway system to with ‘Vadi Albar‘ company, reports AKnews. The agreement comes after extensive talks between the state-owned Railways Company and Vadi Albar in Iran about the revival of Iraq’s railway system and the maintenance of 219 trains […]

Iranian Company to Rehabilitate Iraq’s Rail System

AKnews reports that an Iranian company called Waxon Park is going to invest in the Iraqi Republic Railways Company (IRR). Jawad al-Kharsani, spokesman for the Iraqi Transport Ministry, said that Waxon Park will first rehabilitate the factory in Samawa and then the railway system and rolling stock. “We have not yet outlined the final costs […]

Baghdad-Aleppo Rail Line Completed

The railway connecting Baghdad with the Syrian city of Aleppo was officially completed on Sunday, the Iraqi Transport Ministry announced. AKnews reports that the project involved constructing a 150 km connecting spur. The trains will travel up to 100 kilometers per hour. A spokesperson for the General Railways Company told AKnews: “The railway line between […]

National Railway Company Reports March Revenue

The Iraqi Railway Company [Iraqi National Rail Company] has announced that its revenues for March totalled $1.4 million [1.7 billion Iraqi dinars], according to a report from AKnews. The company’s assistant general manager, Salam Jaber Salloum, told the agency that proceeds from the transfer of freight reached $310,000 with the remaining revenues coming from the […]

Karbala-Anbar Railroad Hits Snag

There are obstacles that curb the execution of the Karbala-Anbar railroad, a member of the Karbala Provincial Council said on Monday. “The railroad passes through an archeological site between the two provinces,” Hussein Shadahan told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He added that the Iraqi Transportation Ministry originally approved the project around four months ago. (Source: […]

2nd Stage of Hilla-Basra Railway Project Opens

Iraqi Minister of Transport, Amer Abduljabbar, opened the 50-km-long second stage of the Hilla to Basra rail line, according to the head of Babel province’s railways department on Sunday. “Minister Abduljabbar inaugurated the second stage of the project which linked al-Hashemiya district to al-Diwaniya city as part of the larger Hilla-Basra project,” Anwar al-Rehimi told […]