BBC report In pictures: The crown jewel of Iraq’s railway.
See if you can spot the steam loco in the second and the last photos.
I have changed this website’s WordPress theme, so hopefully it should now be more mobile device friendly. Let me know if anything doesn’t work.
Meanwhile, I would recommend following “Historical Railway Images” on Flickr for lots of great photos of railways in the Middle East, such as this view of Krupp 2-8-0 steam locomotive No 1446 in Iraq. Click for more.
The first of the new inter-city trains for the Baghdad – Basra corridor has been rolled out by Chinese manufacturer CSR Sifang.
The Middleton Railway in Leeds has this model of a 2-8-4T steam locomotive supplied to the Iraq Petroleum Co by Hudswell Clarke. This model was displayed in the entrance to Hudswell Clarke’s offices.
There are rumours that one of these engines (No.2) had survived in Iraq, and may even still exist, possibly near Kirkuk… does anyone know more?
A US$40m agreement for Alstom to undertake detailed design studies for the first phase of an elevated metro was signed by Governor of Baghdad Dr Salah Abdul-Razzaq on February 11. [More…]
Alstom signs Baghdad urban rail contract, RailwayGazette.com, 15 February 2013
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.