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Railways of Afghanistan

If you thought Afghanistan was bereft of railroads, read on for a story of international intrigue, invasion plans, the Great Game, and powers imperial and hydro-electric.

  • Turkmenistan’s Afghan border rail link nears completion 17 November 2015
    View Turkmenistan – Andkhoy railway plan in a larger map Turkmenistan has completed construction of the 85 km Atamurat1 – Imamnazar2 section of the future Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan railw …
  • Amo Hairatan Oil Refinery video 15 November 2015
    A video of the Amo Hairatan Oil Refinery. There are no trains in the video as far as I can see, but a railway siding features from 09:54 and 10:18. According to its website, Amo Hairatan Refinery LLC …
  • Naibabad station photo 1 November 2015
    Chris Austin, Afghanistan Country Director for the UK’s Department for International Development, tweets a picture of Naibabad station (bottom left). Great to go to #Mazar_e_Sharif to see how #UKaid i …
  • Tajikistan trains Afghanistan Railway Authority staff 19 October 2015
    Tajikistan provides training to the staff of Afghanistan Railway Authority According to (100 days) work plan of the ministry and railway department of Afghanistan, Tajikistan’s Ministry of Transport p …
  • Iran to Herat railway to open by March 2016? 11 October 2015
    Mehr News Agency reports1 that Iran’s Minister for Road & Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi, has announced that the “Khaf – Herat railway will soon become operational”. Akhoundi met Afghanistan’s …

Sound mirrors

  • Sound mirror short story 18 July 2015
    ‘The Sound Mirrors’ by Charlotte Buchanan
  • Redcar sound mirror interview 20 June 2015
    BBC interview about the sound mirror in Redcar: “In 1916 it was sitting in open farm land. Since then a modern housing estate has grown up around it. The concrete structure has not always been treated …
  • Sunderland sound mirror restoration 18 June 2015
    Beaumont Brown Architects describe their work to restore the Sunderland sound mirror which was recently completed.
  • Sound mirror art at the Royal Academy 10 June 2015
    Two pictures of the 30 foot sound mirror at Denge by Ian Chamberlain are included in the Royal Academy summer exhibition. Chamberlain says “The idea of recording this defunct out of date technology re …
  • Sunderland sound mirror restoration completed 9 June 2015
    The £68,000 restoration of the First World War sound mirror at Fulwell in Sunderland was completed with an unveiling ceremony on 9 June 2015. Homing pigeons threatening their own air raid over Fulwell …

Railways of Iraq

  • Mobile friendly 13 April 2015
    I have changed this website’s WordPress theme, so hopefully it should now be more mobile device friendly. Let me know if anything doesn’t work. Meanwhile, I would recommend following “Historical Railw …
  • New coaches for Iraqi Republic Railways 16 January 2015
    Tüvasaş has built 14 coaches for Iraqi Republic Railways, including 2 sleeping, 4 couchette and 2 restaurant cars — Railway Gazette (@railwaygazette) January 14, 2015
  • Derailment response vehicle for IRR 29 September 2014
    One of 7 Zagro derailment response vehicles ordered by Iraqi Republic Railways, on show at #InnoTrans — Railway Gazette (@railwaygazette) September 26, 2014
  • New Chinese train for Iraq unveiled 25 February 2014
    The first of the new inter-city trains for the Baghdad – Basra corridor has been rolled out by Chinese manufacturer CSR Sifang.
  • Egyptian Railways website 5 December 2013
    Mark Goldfinch, author of the excellent book Steel in the Sand, has an unofficial website on Egyptian Railways. The Egyptian Railways Diwan is described as “a website and blog area intended to fill th …

Other – travel and similar

If God had intended us to fly, He would never have given us the railways.

  • Zagreb funicular railway 8 June 2015
    The funicular railway in Zagreb, Croatia, is a whole 66 metres long. There is lots of information about the Zagreb funicular at the Funimag website.
  • Eurostar Velaro on test in Brussels 5 May 2015
    A short and shakey video of a new Siemens Velaro high speed trainset for Eurostar, on test at Brussels Midi station on 25 April 2015.
  • Tours tram wireless operation 18 January 2015
    Videos of Alstom Citadis 402 trams in the French city of Tours switching from 750 V DC overhead to APS ground-level power supply, outside the main station. APS catenary-free operation is used on a 1·8 …
  • Steam loco at InnoTrans 2014 2 October 2014
    HF Wiebe GmbH’s Hanomag 9445/1925 0-4-0T ‘Emma’, offering cab rides at the InnoTrans 2014 trade fair held in Berlin, Germany, during September 2014.
  • West Croydon ticket machine offers unexpected option 24 February 2014
    I was rather surprised to find a ticket machine at London Overground’s West Croydon station offering me the option of a ticket valid for travel “By West Anglia Great Northern only” when I was buying t …