SAR North South Railway Line

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SAR North South Railway Line Project
Saudi Railway Company
Overview
Type freight
Status under construction
Locale Al Jawf Region, Northern Borders Region, Ha'il Region, Al-Qassim Region, Riyadh Region and Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Termini Al-Haditha
Riyadh
Stations 9
Services Riyadh, Sudair, Qassim, Hail, Ras Al-Khair, Jubail, Al-Jawf, Al-Basaita, and Al-Haditha.
Website http://www.sar.com.sa/
Operation
Owner Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
Operator(s) Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
Rolling stock 25 EMD SD70ACS Locomotives [1]
Technical
Line length 2,750 kilometres (1,708.8 mi)
Track length 2,750 kilometres (1,708.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed up to 100 km/h
Route map
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The North South Railway Line is a 2,750 kilometres (1,709 mi) railway project by Saudi Railway Company (SAR) in Saudi Arabia. Trial operation on 1,392 kilometres (865 mi) long freight part of the project connecting Al-Haditha and Jalamid with new port city Ras Al-Khair was started in May 2011.[2] An 85 km link is planned which would connect the North-South railway with the port at Jubail.[3]

The line starts from Al-Jalamid mine which is located in the northeast in the Northern Territory, through Al-Jawf and Hail until arriving at the "AlBaithah railway junction" in the Qassim region. It then headed toward the southeast for processing and export facilities at Ras Al-Khair in the Eastern Province near Jubail. The line shares infrastructure with the SAR Riyadh-Qurayyat Line between Buraidah and Al Nafud. The line is a dedicated freight corridor, however, the SAR Riyadh-Qurayyat Line operates only passenger services.[4]

The first six of 25 EMD SD70ACS freight locomotives ordered in April 2009 were handed over to SAR at Port Dammam on 22 August 2010.[5]

Passenger diesel push-pull trains made by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles arrived in April 2015, and are designed to run at 200 km/h up to 55 degrees C.[6] Each of the SAR trains includes a restaurant car, family zone and a prayer compartment, as well as both seating and sleeping cars. They are expected to run in formations of nine and 13 cars.[6]

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