Tony’s Middle East Photos: 8F No.1425 and an Iraq O4 No.1403 in Baghdad in November 1966.
On 15 December 2012 Iraqi Republic Railways signed a US$115m contract for Chinese firm Dongfang Electric Corp to supply 10 diesel multiple-units. Not much detail seems to have emerged yet, but apparently they will be to a high specification, with a top speed of 160 km/h.
The unofficial Railways of Iraq webpages have a new host and new address, at http://www.andrewgrantham.co.uk/iraq
Hopefully this should be a stable and user-friendly URL, ending the long migration which started at http://www.ajg41.clara.co.uk/iraqrailways.html before moving to http://www.ajg41.plus.com/iraqrailways.html then ccgi.ajg41.plus.com and now here. Please update your links!
If you are looking for the official IRR page, it is here: General Company for Rail Ways.
See also the German-language discussions with lots of photos (including blue diesel locos) at Drehscheibe Online.
Some photos taken by Dave James at Baghdad Central station on 25/26 September 2011. Interesting to see a Lugansk DEM2800 locomotive, as most recent photos seem to show the DEM2700 class (CNR Dalian type DF10FI).
Iraqi Republic Railways locomotive number DEM2809, a Lugansk-built type TE114I.
Some photos of Baghdad central station taken by Pecosbif in April 2010. DEM2733 appears to be painted blue with white stripes, unlike most IRR locos which are green with yellow stripes, as seen on DEM2823.
Can anyone help identify the bridge on this old Iraqi stamp from Rainer’s Iraq Railway Stamps Pages?
From a correspondent:
Re the Baghdad Metro – I was employed as a subbie in Munich in the Summer of 1983 – we were working on electrical installation design (lighting, etc.) for the company Joint Venture Dorsch (“Detailed Design Consultants Lot 011”). The drawings produced were for “Saddam City Depot, Running Shed” and carried the header “Baghdad Rapid Transit Authority”. They all seemed quite innocent and ‘above board’ at that time.