Freight train from China arrives in Afghanistan

The first rail freight service from China arrived at Hairatan in Afghanistan on 7 September 2016, having left Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on 25 August 2016.

Guests at a welcoming ceremony includied the former governor of Balkh province, Mohammad Ishaq Rahguzar, and China’s ambassador.

The same rolling stock did not run through all the way, because China uses 1435 mm standard gauge railway track while the former USSR and Afghaistan use 1520 mm (“Russian”) gauge. The containers were presumably transhipped at the break of gauge at the China-Kazakhstan border.

The train was hauled in Afghanistan by a TEM2 diesel locomotive decorated with banners and the flags of China and Afghanistan.

Geopolitical significance:

There are still some technical issues:

2 thoughts on “Freight train from China arrives in Afghanistan

  1. Dear Sir
    Have a nice time.
    we have goods in china, so kindly inform us how to bring goods by railway ?

  2. Dear Sir,
    We want to send goods with train from China to Afhanistan but could not find any contact.
    Please suggest.
    Regards,
    Muhammad

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