Afghanistan is almost connected with #Iran via Herat- Khaf railwys.
— Waheed Faizi (@Imwaheedfaizi) July 7, 2020
Some photos of the railway under construction between Iran and Herat province.
Governor of #Herat Qayyum Rahimi, inspected d 3rd phase of #Herat–#Khawaf railway project. Authorities informed him of completion of d railway track saying soon it will b operational. Governor asked d communities on both sides of d track 4 their cooperation n security.#IDLG pic.twitter.com/flxLi0uQw5
— IDLG Afghanistan (@IDLGAFG) February 25, 2019
The 4th phase of da #railway btwn Iran's Khaf & Herat province started. 3rd phase of work n Khaf & #Herat province is completed 99% & will b ready to b used soon.Railroad between Herat-Khafaf is a distance of 191 kilometers, which will be completed in four phases.#afghanistan pic.twitter.com/1QA0dvtQyw
— Sawabdin Makhkash (@smakhkash) January 8, 2019
And some older photos:
A senior official in Iran Railway: Iran-Afghanistan railway networks through Khaf-Herat Railroad will be completed in the next few months,"
Khaf-Herat Railroad (139 kilometers long) is part of Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor. pic.twitter.com/sCFPCE4vmc
— Iran Embassy, India (@embassy_iran) August 7, 2018
— Ahmad Mirzad (@Ahmad07Mirzad) October 3, 2017
Afghanistan’s National Procurement Commission has approved the Phase 1 of Stage 4 of the railway being built from Khaf in Iran to Herat province in Afghanistan. Here is my attempt to identify the Khaf – Herat railway construction stages.
National Procurement Commission in a session dated Feb 18, 2019 approved the design and construction of 43 km of phase 1 of Part 4 of Khawaf-Herat railway from Ghoryan district to Rabat Paryan. This project will be constructed by a Kazakhstani Company from development budget of Afghan Government.
Khawaf-Herat railway comprised from 4 parts with total length of 225 km. The 1st and 2nd parts with length of 76 km completed recently in the territory of Iran and the 3rd part, from the border to Ghoryan district is being constructing with the length of 62 km, will be completed soon for operation.
Khawaf-Herat railway has high economic and transportation importance and by completion and exploitation of it Afghanistan could connect through Iran’s railway to southern borders of Iran and Turkey railway network.
Source: Design and Construction Phase 1 of Part 4 of Khwaf – Herat Railway Approves, Afghanistan Railway Authority, 19 February 2019
Local officials in western Herat province on Tuesday [8 January 2019] said that the third phase of Khawaf-Herat railroad has been completed and that the project will be inaugurated in the near future.
The fourth phase of the project will be implemented soon too, said officials.
Source: Third Phase Of Khawaf-Herat Railroad To Be Launched, Nasir Salehi, Tolo News, 8 January 2019
The railway from Khaf in Iran to Herat province in Afghanistan will be inaugurated by the end of the Persian year [=March 20 2019], Iran’s Deputy Minister of Roads & Urban Development Kheirollah Khademi told local media on 19 July.1
As always, reports are unclear as to exactly how much of the line will open, whether it will be opened in phases and so on. This is not the first time there have been reports that it would open by the next Persian new year.
Work on Iran-Afghanistan railway (Khaf-Herat track) has stalled 4 unknown reason. Only half of d 64km track completed inside Afghanistan so far. An Iranian official, Abbas Nazari, in July 2017 said the entire stretch to Herat would be completed "within three weeks." pic.twitter.com/FpuXJZYarG
— Majid Nusrat (@majnust) January 23, 2018
An attempt to gather together some information on the construction phases of the Iran to Herat railway line. Has anyone got a good map of the route?
This should not be taken as definitive! Corrections would be very welcome.
Reported distances vary a bit between sources. Spellings vary a lot.
Updated with Stage 4 details 24 February 2019.
Iran – Herat railway project construction phases
|Country||Stage||Route||Length, km||Funding||Construction completed|
|Stage 1||Khaf (Kahwaf, Khawaf, Khawaaf, Khauf, خواف) (Junction at 24 km on the Torbat-e Heydariyeh – Sangan line) – Sangan2 (serves mines?)||14?||Iran||September 20163|
|Stage 2|| Sangan – Myothek – Khoshbeh – Iran/Afghanistan border at Shamtiq (Shematigh, Shmtygh, شمتیغ)
|~62 km||Iran||planned for October 2017?|
|Afghanistan||Stage 3||border at Shamtiq – Jono (Jonaw, Junaw) near the Islam Qala – Herat road to the north of Ghourian (Ghoryan, غوريان, Ghurian) 56||61.2||Iran||30 km October 2017, rest January 20197|
|Stage 4 Phase 1||Jono – Robat Paryan (Rabat Pariyan)||43 km||Afghanistan (supported by Italy?)||Construction approved February 20198|
|Stage 4 Phase 2||Robat Paryan – Herat (هرات) industrial area and Airport||c.20 km||Afghanistan, supported by Italy?||Construction not yet approved as of February 2019|
The line is 1 435 mm (4 ft 8½ in) standard gauge, like the Iranian rail network (as well as the networks in China and most of Europe).
This is not compatible with the 1520 mm (5 ft) broad gauge used in the former USSR, including the lines crossing into Afghanistan from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. However this is somewhat academic for the forseeable future as the lines into Afghanistan don’t connect with each other, and there are already other Turkmenistan – Iran rail routes which avoid Afghanistan altogether.
Construction work on a segment of railroad project extended from Iran to Afghanistan in western Herat province will be finished in the next 10 days and then put into service, said the Iranian Ambassador [Mohammad Raza Bahrami] on Saturday [=14 October 2017].
Work on the 62-kilomteres long railway project from Iran’s border to Ghoriyan district of Herat was launched in 2007 at a cost of $75 million based on a grant from neighboring country. The project was scheduled to be finished in 2009.
Eng. Barzanoni, specialist of the railway project, said of all the 62 kilometres of the railway inside Afghan soil, about 33 kilometers railway was stretched and the rest would be completed in the next 10 days.
Officials say the Herat-Khauf 191-long railroad is being constructed in four segments. About 139 kilometer of the project is financed by Iran and the fourth segment cost is provided by the Afghanistan national budget.
Source: Work on Iran-Herat rail-line to complete till 2017 end. Storai Karimi, Pajhwok, 14 October 2017
Preparation meeting for 3rd phase of Khawaf-Herat Railway, customs facilities & border cooperation pic.twitter.com/7JFimE07iO
— Eklil Hakimi (@EklilHakimi) July 29, 2017
Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Managing Director Saeed Mohammadzadeh and Afghanistan Railway Authority’s Director General Mohammad Yamma Shams signed a memorandum of understanding in Tehran on 23 July 2017 covering the Khaf – Herat railway line which is currently under construction, as well as planned further co-operation.1
Mohammadzadeh reportedly said the first 30 km of the section of the line within Afghanistan is expected to be completed on 6 August 2017. The line will initially be used for freight including cement, petrol and oil,2 but passenger services are also envisaged for the near future. Iranian exports to Afghanistan by rail could reach five million tons/year. The rest of the part of the railway which is being built by Iran is predicted to be completed by March 2018.3
Shams said AfRA had made preparations for calling tenders to appoint an Iranian company to build the final section of the route, which it is responsible for. Mohammadzadeh said RAI would also train 96 AfRA staff in Iran.