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Overview 

The Armenian railway network consists of 845 km electrified line, mostly single track according to 2008 info only around 500km is still in operational condition. Currently WFP is using railroad to import commodities from Georgian Port Poti/Batumi, segment of rail road is from Border Georgia /Armenia (rail station Ayrum) to Rail station Vanadzor. From 1999 to 2008 commodities were transported till rail station in Yerevan. 

All lines are electrified, electric power is 3kV DC. The area is mountainous, so several of the lines are heavily graded and have very narrow curves. The rail system is roughly configured as a "Y" and has lines radiating from a central point just south of Yerevan. 

The northeast branch roughly parallels Route M24 to Azerbaijan. About 85 percent of all goods used in Armenia are imported by rail, and prior to the conflict with Azerbaijan, most cargo came via this rail line. Closure of the line at the international border during the early 1990s caused disruption to the Armenian economy. The southern branch of the line extends south toward the Turkish border, where it turns southeast into Nakhichevan. The conflict with Azerbaijan has stopped service on this part of the rail system. 

From 1994 the operative portion of the country's rail lines was the northwest branch of the "Y," which winds through the populated areas of north western Armenia before crossing into Georgia. A short spur of this line at Gyumri connects with the Turkish rail system. However, a difference in gauge with the Turkish system means that goods crossing the Turkish border must undergo a time-consuming reloading process. 

In 2007 the Russian Railways RZD won the tender to operate the Armenian railways for at least 30 years, for which the name South Caucasus Railway South Caucasus Railways (SCR) has officially started business operations under a concession agreement to manage Armenian Railways CJSC (ARM). In this connection, by 1 June 2008, SCR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Russian Railways RZD, received property owned by Armenian Railways consisting of 2,000 freight wagons, 58 passenger coaches, 85 locomotives and 30 electric trains 

A feasibility study is under way into the building of a 316 km single-track electrified railway linking the existing network with Gavar and the Iranian border at Meghri, replacing a disused line which passes through the Azerbaijani exclave of Naxcivan. 

Railway Overview 

Track gauge 

1.52 m 

Total track distance 

825 km

Port to final point in or close to country (rail) 

In North RC station “Ayrum” connected with Georgian RC “Sadakhlo” 

If relevant, form this point to Capital (road) 

200 km from Ayrum to Yerevan 

Locomotives 

85 

Freight wagons (covered) / size 

2000 



Rail code 

Rail Station 

Distance from Poti (km) 

572107 

Poti 

0 

570008 

Samtredia 

68 

560101 

Tbilisi -Tovarnaja 

318 

564609 

Sadakhlo 

387 

564702 

Ajrum 

391 

564806 

Aktala 

403 

564903 

Alaverdi 

417 

565207 

Tumanyan 

439 

565300 

Vanadzor 

463 

565404 

Spitak 

483 

565809 

Gyumri 

532 

567503 

Bayandur 

545 

566407 

Agin 

577 

566708 

Karakert 

613 

566801 

Dalarik 

620 

566905 

Araks 

627 

567005 

Armavir 

638 

567400 

Masis 

672 

567607 

Karmir Blur 

686 

Railway Companies and Consortia 

For information on Armenia Railway company contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Armenia Government Contact List