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Chinese firms help to update Tehran Metro

By John Lee. According to Tehran Times, the Chinese military-affiliated Norinco International won a 93 million euro ($100 million) contract to manufacture 70 subway cars for the Tehran Metro. The cars will be sold to Tehran Wagon Manufacturing Co., a joint venture formed between Norinco, with a 29% stake, together with Tehran’s official subway operator, […]

India Seeking Rail Link with Iran, Turkey

Indian Railways is considering the possibility of building a transcontinental rail freight service that would connect India with Iran and Turkey, a report said. The ambitious plan is expected to be a real boon to the Asia Pacific region’s people and business, India’s Business Today website reported. It is expected to bring about a major boost […]

Railroad Connecting Iran, Azerbaijan Comes into Operation

A railroad connecting Iran’s northern city of Astara to its namesake in the Azerbaijan Republic was tested and put into operation temporarily. The railroad, which is part of the Rasht-Astara railroad project, became operational concurrent with an official visit of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev to Iran on Sunday. Heading a high-ranking delegation, Aliyev arrived in […]

Iran-Azerbaijan Railroad to Open in Coming Months

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi announced that a railroad connecting Iran’s northern city of Astara to Azerbaijan Republic’s Astara is planned to come into operation in coming months. Various efforts have been made in the current Iranian administration to facilitate and improve the activities of the two countries’ merchants, Vaezi said […]

Iran, Kyrgyzstan to Reduce Rail Transport Tariffs

By John Lee. Iran and Kyrgyzstan have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on reducing rail transport tariffs between the two countries. The document was signed on Tuesday by Ebrahim Mohammadi, the deputy director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR), and Arman Sultanov, the deputy president of Kyrgyz Railway (KTJ). In December, the two […]

Iran’s Roads Minister Wins Vote of Confidence

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday gave a vote of confidence to Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, who had been impeached for a tragic train crash that killed dozens of people in November 2016. Akhoundi took the podium at the parliament on Sunday to respond to the questions of the MPs attending the impeachment […]

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Nakhchivan-Mashhad Direct Passenger Train Service Launched

A direct passenger train service has been launched between Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad and Azerbaijan’s landlocked region of Nakhchivan. The service was launched in a ceremony attended by the heads of the joint economic commissions of Iran and Azerbaijan. Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran’s minister of communication and information technology, who is also the co-chairman of […]

Iraq to link Rail Network with Iran

By John Lee. Iraq‘s state-run Iraqi Republic Railways (IRR) announced on Tuesday that it plans to link its rail network to that of neighbouring Iran. IRR Information Director Abdul Sattar Mohsen told Anadolu Agency that Iraqi and Iranian officials had already held several meetings to discuss the project. He added that several international companies had […]

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Iran, Russia sign $2.5bn Construction, Energy Deals

By John Lee. Trade Arabia reports that Russia and Iran have signed a $2.5-billion deal on construction of a thermal power plant in southern Iran and electrification of a railway line. The power station is to be built in Bandar Abbas, while the railway line connects the towns of Garmsar and Incheborun. The countries also […]

Railroad Chief Resigns over Fatal Train Crash

Managing Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Mohsen Pourseyyed Aqaei resigned after a train crash that killed 45 people in the province of Semnan on Friday, offering an apology to the nation for the deadly incident. Speaking to IRIB news on Saturday night, Pourseyyed Aqaei said the Minister of Road and Urban Development […]