Rail transport in Tajikistan

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Tajik Railway Train with TE33A loco
Eu 733 0-10-0 in a park near the main railway station in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Rail transport in Tajikistan is limited, as the railroad system totals only 680 kilometres (420 mi) of non-electrified, single-track railway,[1] all of it 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) broad gauge. The system connects the main urban centers of western Tajikistan with points in neighboring Uzbekistan. In 1999 a new line connected the southern cities of Qurghonteppa and Kulob. In 2016, another line connected both cities to the capital Dushanbe, thus linking southern and central railway networks together.[2] The northern branch around Khujand remains physically disconnected from this main tajik railway network, accessible only through a lengthy transit via Uzbekistan. As of 2016, the passenger service remains limited to infrequent international trains from Dushanbe and Khujand to Moscow, as well as a daily local service between Dushanbe and Pakhtaabad.

Difficulties[edit]

Passenger transit through Tajikistan has been hindered by periodic failures of Tajik Railways to pay transit tariffs and by safety issues.[3]

Modernization[edit]

Feasible study of dual-gauging between 1520 mm (Russian gauge) and 1676mm (Indian gauge).

A recent agreement between the heads of state of Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan will modernize parts of Tajikistan's rail system to allow more trade between Central Asian countries.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "CIA World Factbook - Tajikistan". April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Inauguration of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad". August 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Tajikistan country profile. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (January 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "President Zardari chairs PPP consultative meeting". Associated Press of Pakistan. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  5. ^ The Hans India - India accedes to Ashgabat agreement