Hedjaz Jordan Railway

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Hedjaz Jordan Railway
Label on locomotive 52 of Hejaz Jordan Railway.jpg
Label on locomotive 52 of Hedjaz Jordan Railway, now out of service. Note "The Jordan".
Reporting mark HJR
Locale western Jordan
Dates of operation 1920–present
Predecessor Hedjaz Railway
Track gauge 1,050 mm (3 ft 5 1132 in)
Length 1,320 km (820 mi)
Headquarters Amman
Website http://www.jhr.gov.jo/

The Hedjaz Jordan Railway was one of the two successor railways to the famous Hedjaz Railway. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1920, the Hedjaz Railway, formerly under Ottoman control, was divided into 2 railways: the Chemin de Fer de Hedjaz Syrie (CFH) and the Hedjaz Jordan Railway (HJR). The HJR operated the line of the Hedjaz railway in Jordan (at the time British Palestine). When Jordan was formed in 1946, the railway served as the state railway of Jordan, though it was not owned by the state. In 1975 the HJR built a line branch line from Ma'an to Aqaba, a port city. The line was later sold to the Aqaba Railway Corporation in 1979. The Hedjaz Jordan Railway still operates today between the Jordan/Syria border, through Amman to Irbid.

Operations[edit]

The Hedjaz Jordan Railway operates passenger trains from Amman to Damascus in Syria. The HJR also operates freight trains on its tracks.[1]

Passenger services[edit]

  • Amman to Damascus, departs 8:00am Monday and Thursday
  • Damascus to Amman, departs 8:00am Monday and Thursday

Freight services[edit]

  • Amman to Damascus, departs 8:00am daily
  • Damascus to Amman, departs 8:00am daily

Stations[edit]

List of stations.[2] This list is incomplete.

  • Amman
  • Al-Jizah
  • Az-Zarqa
  • Al-Mafraq
  • Al-qasr Station Um-Heran
  • Alluban
  • Dab’ha
  • Al Samra

Locomotives[edit]

The following may not be a complete list.

Steam[edit]

Steam locomotives include:[1][3]

Running number Wheel arrangement Builder and works number Date built
23 2-8-2 Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, 7433 1951
51 2-8-2 Arnold Jung, 12081 1955
61 (63) 2-6-2T Haine St. Pierre, Belgium, 2147 1955
71 2-8-2 Haine St. Pierre, Belgium, 2144 1955
82 4-6-2 Nippon Sharyo, 1610 1953/1959 (sources differ)

Diesel[edit]

Diesel locomotives include:[4]

Quantity Wheel arrangement Builder and type Date built
3 A1A-A1A GE U10B 1976

Museum[edit]

There is a museum at Amman station. In 2003, it contained more than 250 exhibits, including murals depicting the development of the railway.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jordan Hejaz Railway مؤسسة الخط الحجازي الأردني.:.The Stations". English.jh-railway.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Stations | Jordan Hejaz Railway". Jhr.gov.jo. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Steam Locomotive Information". Steamlocomotive.info. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  4. ^ Marco van Uden (2008-10-24). "Railfaneurope.net". Railfaneurope.net. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Brief about the Museum | Jordan Hejaz Railway". Jhr.gov.jo. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 

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