1922 railway map of Poland from http://www.lithuanianmaps.com/Maps1922-39.html
Amanullah left Warsaw1 by train on the morning of Wednesday 2 May 1928.
Białystok station was decorated with Polish and Afghan flags. The visit of an exotic guest attracted people to the station, but the police only allowed people with special passes on to the platform. Representatives of administrative and military authorities, social organizations and the press started arriving at the station at noon.
King Amanullah at Białystok
The train arrived on time 12.50, as a military band played the Afghan national anthem. Amanullah appeared at the window in civilian clothes, when General Sosnkowski and Colonel Wieniawa-Długoszewski alighted onto the platform. Local dignatiories boarded, and Deputy Voivode Skrzyński entered the coach and welcomed the king in French; he answered in his own language, expressing thanks for their best wishes and admiration for the Polish army.2
The train then continuted to the Polish border town of Stołpce (now Stowbtsy in Belarus), where Amanullah changed to a Soviet train and was due to enter the Soviet Union at 20.00. The Times reported that the wooden arch spanning the tracks a yard inside the Soviet border had been specially decorated,3 as seen in the photograph.
There were further speeches, guards of honour and anthems at Negoreloye and Minsk.
Evolution of the gate on the railway border between Kołosowo (Poland) and Nieharelaje/Negoreloe ([Негарэлае/Негорелое] Soviet Byelorussia) during the period between the World Wars. Photo 1: 1923 Photo 2: 1928 Photo 3: 1935 — I think it was here: https://t.co/rX5ZUQ0xFFpic.twitter.com/AtkiD0Azl9
President #AshraGhani issued a decree to suspend a previous order to merge the Ministry of Public Works, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Directorate of Railways, and the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior all with the Ministry of Transport. #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/3WKhrjTj7o
With the aim of supporting small and private-sector Uzbek exporters, Uzbekistan’s national railway UTY has launched a thrice-weekly accelerated freight service to Afghanistan. This ‘high speed’ service reduces the normal transit time from Tashkent to Hairatan from 5-6 days to 2 days.
The first of the ‘high speed’ freight trains left Tashkent on 16 April with 14 wagons, and an additional 36 wagons were attached along the route. As of 24 April 2020 four trains had been operated, moving a total of 218 wagons.
UTY said it accepts all types of cargo, and provides various types of wagons, containers and tanks. Payment is made ‘in any convenient form’, and the transport tariff remains unchanged.
On April 16, 2020, a video conference was held between the representatives of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency [=Turkmenistan’s national railway], open joint-stock company “Demiryollary” and the Railway Authority of the Ministry of Transport of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Turkmen side was headed by the Chairman of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency A.Atamyradov. The Afghan side was led by the General Director of the Railway Authority of Afghanistan Mohammad Yamma Shams.
During the meeting, issues related to the construction of the Akina-Andkhoy railway line, the work carried out under the project for the construction of the Turgundi-Herat railway were discussed.
The participants also exchanged views on optimizing transit freight traffic and wagons passing through the IRA, further developing of the transport corridor between the Lapis Lazuli agreement participating countries. Separately, issues of obtaining visas for railway workers and other issues were considered.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
The video Afghan Scene – Visiting Hairatan Port with Mitra / افغان سین – سفر دیدنی میترا به بندر حیرتان from “Toot” includes some railway action, including the presenter enthusiastically greeting a maintenance vehicle at 2:20 and a locomotive hauling an single Uzbek Railways liveried coach at 2:56.
ریاست اداره خدمات بندر حیرتان با نشر تصاویری از جریان نورمال تخلیه مواد اولیه برای همشهریان عزیز اطمینان میدهد که کشور ازبکستان تنهاورود مسافران را بخاطر جلوگیری ازشیوع ویروس کرونا به آن کشورممنوع کرده اماواردات اموال تجارتی از ازبکستان بصورت نورمال ادامه دارد.#حیرتان#hairatanpic.twitter.com/GLVjBZoGxA