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.
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.
The October 20 2008 thread “Railfanning in Iraq” on Trainboard has some photos taken by ConrailDan in Al Diwaniyah, about sixty miles south of Baghdad, in 2003.
The photos (you might need to register to see them) include a DES3100 loco. These were built in Czechoslovakia by CKD Praha as a tropicalised variant of their T669.
There are also pictures of yellow machines, and a T-55 tank on a flat wagon.
From what I remember the Iraqis had pretty good track with concrete ties. I even got to see one train travel over the rails. It was one engine and about twenty covered hoppers
Source: Railfanning in Iraq on Trainboard
Flickr user “Hired Gun” has some rather artistic photos of rail facilities at Al Qaim in northwest Iraq, near the border with Syria. DEM 4152 (or is it 4153?) is a Francorail loco dating from the early 1980s.