Railway stations in Eritrea

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Railway Asmara-Bishia in Eritrea. With red dots the route in years of largest extent (1887-1941)

This article is a list of the railway stations in Eritrea.
The Eritrean Railway originally ran from Massawa, a port on the Red Sea, via the capital Asmara to Agordat. The line can be divided into three sections.

Massawa to Asmara[edit]

The route was built between 1887 and 1910 by the Italians, who made the two main stations (Asmara and Massawa) with typical structures of railway stations in small Italian cities.

As of 2008, this is the only section open.

Name Image Distance[1] Altitude[1] Coordinates
Massawa Massawa station - 2008-10-31.jpg 0.0 km (0.0 mi) 3 m (10 ft) 15°36′24″N 39°27′58″E / 15.606546°N 39.466163°E / 15.606546; 39.466163
Campo de Marte D 27 Campo die Marte.JPG 2.8 km (1.7 mi) 9 m (30 ft)
Otumlo[2] 4.6 km (2.9 mi) 11 m (36 ft)
Moncullo Moncullo station - 2008-10-30.jpg 7.7 km (4.8 mi) 30 m (98 ft) 15°36′37″N 39°24′32″E / 15.61041°N 39.408839°E / 15.61041; 39.408839
Dogali Dogali station - 2008-10-31.jpg 19.6 km (12.2 mi) 100 m (328 ft)
Mai Atal Mai Atal station - 2008-10-31.jpg 29.4 km (18.3 mi) 181 m (594 ft) 15°34′06″N 39°14′34″E / 15.568268°N 39.242767°E / 15.568268; 39.242767
Damas Damas station - 2008-10-31.jpg 45.0 km (28.0 mi) 416 m (1,365 ft) 15°28′34″N 39°12′29″E / 15.476202°N 39.207952°E / 15.476202; 39.207952
Baresa Baresa station - 2008-10-31.jpg 57.1 km (35.5 mi) 600 m (1,969 ft) 15°24′05″N 39°11′05″E / 15.401421°N 39.184778°E / 15.401421; 39.184778
Ghinda Ghinda station - 2008-11-02.jpg 69.4 km (43.1 mi) 888 m (2,913 ft) 15°26′19″N 39°06′05″E / 15.438634°N 39.101447°E / 15.438634; 39.101447
Embatkalla Embatkalla station - 2008-11-02.jpg 81.1 km (50.4 mi) 1,274 m (4,180 ft) 15°24′02″N 39°04′26″E / 15.400438°N 39.07397°E / 15.400438; 39.07397
Nefasit Nefasit station - 2008-10-30.jpg 93.0 km (57.8 mi) 1,672 m (5,486 ft) 15°20′07″N 39°03′48″E / 15.335212°N 39.063274°E / 15.335212; 39.063274
Arbaroba Arbaroba station - 2008-11-04.jpg 104.9 km (65.2 mi) 2,064 m (6,772 ft) 15°20′48″N 39°00′27″E / 15.346758°N 39.007419°E / 15.346758; 39.007419
Asmara Asmara Railway Station (8351472009).jpg 117.6 km (73.1 mi) 2,342 m (7,684 ft) 15°20′20″N 38°56′58″E / 15.338936°N 38.949323°E / 15.338936; 38.949323

Asmara to Keren[edit]

Keren railway station – now used as a bus station and market

This section (with the stations) was built between 1911 and 1923.

Name Distance[1] Altitude[1]
Tzada Cristian 127.2 km (79.0 mi) 2,292 m (7,520 ft)
Zazzega 136.8 km (85.0 mi) 2,217 m (7,274 ft)
Dem Sabai 148.5 km (92.3 mi) 1,988 m (6,522 ft)
Andenna 156.6 km (97.3 mi) 1,907 m (6,257 ft)
Abrascico 164.9 km (102.5 mi) 1,783 m (5,850 ft)
Amba Derho 176.3 km (109.5 mi) 1,688 m (5,538 ft)
Furkuto 185.7 km (115.4 mi) 1,635 m (5,364 ft)
Elabered 195.3 km (121.4 mi) 1,468 m (4,816 ft)
Halib Mentel 209.9 km (130.4 mi) 1,423 m (4,669 ft)
Keren 221.7 km (137.8 mi) 1,390 m (4,560 ft)

Keren to Agordat[edit]

Agordat station, which was built in Arabesque style, is currently used for the small local airport

This section was built between 1924 and 1929.

Name Distance[1] Altitude[1]
Asciadira 232.7 km (144.6 mi) 1,204 m (3,950 ft)
Hummed 245.7 km (152.7 mi) 935 m (3,068 ft)
Agat 253.3 km (157.4 mi) 864 m (2,835 ft)
Darotai 262.5 km (163.1 mi) 795 m (2,608 ft)
Mai Adarte 271.4 km (168.6 mi) 750 m (2,461 ft)
Umfutat 284.6 km (176.8 mi) 669 m (2,195 ft)
Carobel 296.4 km (184.2 mi) 677 m (2,221 ft)
Agordat 306.4 km (190.4 mi) 606 m (1,988 ft)

Beyond Agordat[edit]

Beyond Agordat, the rails were laid as far as Bishia, another 31 kilometres (19 mi), with plans to extend to Ellit and Teseney, linking with the railway network in Sudan. However this section was never completed.[3]

There would have been a break-of-gauge at the connection between Sudan and Eritrea.

Name Distance Altitude Comments
Agordat 232.7 km (144.6 mi) 606 m (1,988 ft)
Bishia 263.7 km (163.9 mi) 715 m (2,346 ft)
Ellit 290.7 km (180.6 mi) 735 m (2,411 ft) km uncertain
Teseney 301.0 km (187.0 mi) 600 m (1,969 ft) km uncertain
SudanKassala, Sudan 351.0 km (218.1 mi) 531 m (1,742 ft) km uncertain; Near Eritrea-Sudan border

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Railways Administration in Eritrea. Imperial Ethiopian Government. 16 November 1965. 
  2. ^ Photo of Otumlo station
  3. ^ "The Eritrean Railway". Retrieved 24 March 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Train stations in Eritrea at Wikimedia Commons