Saudi Railway Company

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Saudi Railway Company
Founded23 May 2006; 12 years ago (2006-05-23)
HeadquartersDiplomatic Quarter, Building S-24, ,
Saudi Arabia[1]
Key people
Saad A. Al Qadhi (Chairman)[2]

The Saudi Railway Company (SAR; Arabic: الشركة السعودية للخطوط الحديدية‎) is one of two state-owned companies that operates Saudi Arabia's rail network.

SAR operate the 2750 km. north-south railway line and a passenger line from Riyadh to Hai'l, Saudi Arabia, nearby the Jordanian border.[3] SAR was established in 2006 to build, operate, and manage the north-south railway project.[4]


The total length of the SAR rail network will be 2,750 km. The SAR project contains two main lines. The network contains 9 intermodal yards (shipping yards) at Al-Haditha, Al-Jawf, Al-Besaitaa, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mussa’ad Economic City at Hail, Qassim, Sudair, Riyadh, Ras Al-Khair, and Jubail. There will be 17 buildings to house maintenance staff across the railway network.

SAR Riyadh-Qurayyat Line[edit]

The SAR Riyadh-Qurayyat Line begins at Riyadh and runs northwest toward Al Haditha near the Jordanian border, passing through Majma’a, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jawf.[5] Both passenger and freight services will be operated on this line.[6] There will be six passenger stations on the line which will be in Riyadh at King Khaled International Airport, Majma’a, Qassim, Hail at Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mussa’ad Economic City, Al-Jawf, and Al-Qurayyat.[7]

SAR North South Railway Line[edit]

The SAR North South Railway Line runs from Al-Jalamid mine in the Northern province and then passes through Al-Jawf and Hail until Al Baithah Junction in Qassim province. The line then travels east to the processing and export facilities in Ras Al Khair in the Eastern Province.[8] This line will be used solely by freight trains.[9]

Rolling stock[edit]

Class Image Top speed Number Remarks Built
mph km/h
CAF push–pull train SAR CAF.jpg 200 6 trainsets (75 Passenger cars & 12 Power Cars) COMPOSITION: 4 trainsets 280m length (Mc-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-Mc) and 2 trainsets 381m length (Mc-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-Mc). Spanish manufacturer CAF has in delivered 2013 delivered six diesel push-pull train, 4 nine-car trainsets is for daytime train schedule and 2 thirteen-car trainsets for night train. They are used on the Riyadh-Qurayyat Line.[10][11] 2013
EMD SD70ACS SD70ACS EMDX 3025 2010-10-08.jpg 61 Diesel Locomotives [12][13] Heavy haul AC diesel electric locomotives 2010

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