Aqaba Railway Corporation

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Aqaba Railway Corporation
A phosphate train near Ma'an
Reporting markARC
Dates of operation1979–2018
PredecessorHedjaz Jordan Railway
Track gauge1,050 mm (3 ft 5+1132 in)

The Aqaba Railway Corporation (ARC) was a railway company operating in southern Jordan. The railway was formed in 1979 to transport phosphate[1] to the port in Aqaba. It used the tracks of the Hejaz Railway partly.[2] It was closed in 2018[2]


A phosphate train near Ma'an.

In 1908 the Ottoman Empire built the Hejaz Railway, that ran from Damascus to Medina. After World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the railway never operated south of Ma'an. The Hedjaz Jordan Railway operated the tracks of the Hejaz railway in Jordan. In 1975 the railway built a branch from Ma'an to Aqaba, a port city on the Gulf of Aqaba. In 1979 the Aqaba Railway Corporation (ARC) was incorporated and took over the route from Abiad to Aqaba. The purpose of the ARC was to transport phosphates from mines near Abiad and Ma'an to the port in Aqaba. The ARC operated only freight trains powered by GE U17C diesel locomotives. It was closed down in 2018


  1. ^ "The Aqaba Railway Corporation 🇯🇴 - nick86235". Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  2. ^ a b "2.4 Jordan Railway Assessment | Digital Logistics Capacity Assessments". Retrieved 2023-12-13.

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