SAR North South Railway Line
|This article needs to be updated. (September 2012)|
|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) standard gauge|
|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 project consists of two main railway lines. The first main line is starting from Riyadh towards the northwest of Saudi Arabian peninsular until the city of Al-Haditha near the border with Jordan. The line goes through Majma'a, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jouf along this north-south railway line. The second main line will start 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 lines are built piecemeal, some lines are dedicated freight while others are mixed use, still others like SAR Riyadh-Qurayyat Line have a portion which is entirely passenger.
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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- "World rail infrastructure market September 2012 - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
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