This table attempts to draw together all the various reports of railway locomotives which have operated on Afghanistan’s various railways over the years.
These are only the locos I know about so far; there may be many others still to be discovered. Do get in touch if you know of any others, or can offer me details on these ones – have any more survived?
Locomotives in Afghanistan
|Builder||Model||Type||Gauge||Build date||Works no.||Customer||Used at||Notes||Source|
|Henschel, Germany||0-4-0WT (steam)||760 mm (2ft 6in)||1923||19680, 19681, 19691||Ferrostaal for Kabul-Darulaman||Kabul – Darulaman tramway||At Darulaman museum||Locos extant.|
|Deutz, Germany||OMZ117 F||4wDM||600 mm||1938||22732, 22733||Regierungs-einkaufsstelle von Afghanistan, Berlin, für Karachi||Deutz delivered two new A2L514 engines for them in 1954.|||
|Henschel, Germany||4wDH||600 mm||1951||24892, 24993, 24994||Supplied to Sarobi power station||Rinbad 2002|
|Ruhrthaler Maschinen-fabrik, Germany||4wDM||600 mm||1964||3787, 3788, 3789, 3790||Hochtief||Delivered to Working Group Mahipar|||
|Ruhrthaler Maschinen-fabrik, Germany||G 60 O/V||4wDM||600 mm||1965||3800, 3812, 3813, 3814||Siemens-Bauunion||Mahipar||3800, 3814 now at Montan- und Werksbahn-museum, Graz, Austria|||
|Bedia Maschinen-fabrik, Germany||D35/6 mining locos||4wDH||600 mm||1979||150, 151, 152, 153||Rinbad 2002|
|“appeared to be of East German or other Soviet Block origin” (Waters 2002)||B-B (DH?)||~600 mm||?||Carried nos TIJ 1, TIJ 2, TIJ 3, TIJ 4||Reported at Tang-i-Jharoo, between Kabul and Khyber Pass 1969-03-15||Could these be the Ruhrthaler locos?||Wilfrid Simms, quoted in Paul E Waters (2002).|
|ZTS Martin, Czechoslovakia?||mining loco, DH-30?||4wDH||narrow||?||≥4 locos||Dudkash coal mine||Photo|
The two 1520 mm gauge lines from the former USSR are worked by locomotives belonging to the Uzbek and Turkmen national railways. There are no locos based on the Afghan side of the borders. This is a table of some locos I have identified in photos etc; the list is obviously nothing like complete.
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||7091||2006||Trainboard|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||3199||1 December 2007||Azizi Hotak|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||7056||Photo (David Brice)|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||3315||October 2008||Photo|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||6773||10 January 2011||Photo|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||TEM2||6370||27 August 2011||Photo|
|Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (UTY)||2ТE10М||2337||3 February 2012||Photo|
|Turkmenistan||2TE10L||2086||28 November 2007||Photo|