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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 […]

Iran, Germany to build 2000 Rail Cars

By John Lee. The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) plans to build 2,000 railway wagons jointly with a German company, according to AzerNews. IRNA News quotes IDRO executive Fardad Daliri as saying that Iran’s investment in the construction of the wagons will amount to 55 percent and they will be used in […]

German Railway Operator Says Keen to Contribute to NSTC

A leading German railway company has expressed willingness to use the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and begin delivering goods from Europe to Iran through the Azerbaijan Republic. Representatives of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said they were interested in use of NSTC, which is expected to provide a faster and more efficient trade connectivity […]

Siemens to Supply Iran with 50 Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Germany’s Siemens has signed an agreement with Iranian power and infrastructure group MAPNA to supply components for 50 diesel-electric locomotives to Iran, a report said. Under the contract, Siemens will deliver the components, which will be assembled in Karaj, Iran’s fourth-largest city, Business Recorder reported. The deal was signed during an official visit of German […]

Iran talks with Siemens for Train Car Production

Iran’s private sector has begun negotiations with Siemens engineering company in Austria for manufacturing train cars inside Iran, an official said. Iran has the capacity for local production of train cars, Deputy Industry Minister Mojtaba Khosrotaj told Tasnim on Saturday, when asked about the latest status of car imports from Russia. There are grounds for […]

Swiss Firm to Develop Iran Transport Hub

Iran’s Perse Transport Bar and Switzerland’s TransInvest Holding signed a deal to jointly develop a dry port in the vicinity of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Called Aprin Dry Port, the facility will connect Iran’s port cities to the capital and will act as the country’s central cargo train intersection. “We are trying to turn the […]

Iran Invites Tenders for Rail Coaches

By John Lee. Iran’s national passenger rail operator, Raja Rail Transportation, has issued a call for tender for the supply and maintenance of a fleet of 250 passenger coaches of three types, according to Rail Journal. Raja requires a mixture of 41-seat day coaches, 42-seat restaurant cars and nine-compartment sleeping cars with 36 berths each. […]

Tehran-Isfahan Railway to be Built in 3 Yrs

The managing director of the Iranian Railway Company (RAJA) announced that the country plans to construct an express railway from the capital Tehran to the central city of Isfahan in three years. RAJA should take steps to construct express railways for short routes to encourage people to use rail transportation, Mohsen Pourseyed Aghaei said on […]

Ukrainian Company to Export 3,000 Wagons to Iran

Azovmash, Ukraine’s leading producer of mining and metallurgical industry equipment, railroad cars of various specializations, and lifting and hauling equipment, will ship 3,000 wagons to Iran, a report said. “This is only a first agreement to supply Azovobschemash’s products to Iran. The total need of Iranian state-run companies Pars Wagon and Kors Wagon exceeds 35,000 […]

Iran, Austria open huge Catering operation in Tehran

The Dona International Catering Company, the biggest of its type in the Middle East, was inaugurated in Tehran on Sunday. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhundi, Austrian Ambassador to Tehran Friedrich Stift as well as Mohsen Pourseyyed Aghaei, the President of Islamic Republic of Iran […]

Tehran, Moscow Consider Rail Link to Challenge Suez

Russia’s transport minister, Maxim Sokolovm, said Tehran and Moscow are considering establishing a rail link that would foster trade connectivity through a less trodden path than the Suez Canal. “If the rail link to Iran is built, it can take some share of the cargo that’s being transported via Suez,” Sokolov said in an interview […]