SAR North South Railway Line
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|SAR North South Railway Line Project|
|Locale||Al Jawf Region, Northern Borders Region, Ha'il Region, Al-Qassim Region, Riyadh Region and Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia|
|Services||Riyadh, Sudair, Qassim, Hail, Ras Al-Khair, Jubail, Al-Jawf, Al-Basaita, and Al-Haditha.|
|Owner||Saudi Railway Company (SAR)|
|Operator(s)||Saudi Railway Company (SAR)|
|Rolling stock||25 EMD SD70ACS Locomotives |
|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 1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||up to 100 km/h|
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. An 85 km link is planned which would connect the North-South railway with the port at Jubail.
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.
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. 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.
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- RailwayGazette: Phosphate trial marks completion of North-South line
- "World rail infrastructure market September 2012 - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
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