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Overview

Railway Overview

Track Gauge 

Standard gauge: 8,273 km of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) gauge (146 km electrified) (2006) 

Broad gauge: 94 km of 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) gauge (connected to Pakistan Railways) 

Total Track Distance 

12,998 km 

Locomotives

205 main locos in 2 Gm and GE models and 90 shunting locos (total national)

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size 

2616 units (total national)

Freight Wagons (covered) / size 

2600 units (total national)

Construction and Maintenance  

The railroad is in very good condition, regular maintenance is done and extensions and improvements are ongoing. The network, however, is under-developed. The railway serves as the nearest and cheapest means of access for Central Asian countries. All of the routes end in transit entry points. Only very few side-lines have been built so far. In such a layout transit cargo transport is dominating. 3 million tons of transit cargo was shipped by rail on the main transit track from and to Bandar Abbas. The total cargo transport figure for the same lines is 5.5 million tons per year. The trend is going up. The overall transport capacity is 9,000 mt daily. 

The condition of the rolling equipment is good and reliable. Maintenance and replacement is done. Scheduled trains run on time. The type of traffic is both, passenger and cargo. 

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.

Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (hours)


Tehran

Isfahan

Mashahd

Shiraz

Bandar Abbas

Tabriz

Kerman

Yazd

Tehran


8:30

11:00

16:00

19:30

12:30

14:15

8:30

Isfahan

8:30


19:00

7:30

No direct route

No direct route

No direct route

No direct route

Mashahd

11:00

19:00


No direct route

22:00

12:00

16:00

14:30

Shiraz

16:00

7:30

No direct route


4:00

No direct route

No direct route

No direct route

Bandar Abbas

19:30

No direct route

22:00

4:00


No direct route

No direct route

7:15

Tabriz

12:30

No direct route

12:00

No direct route

No direct route


No direct route

No direct route

Kerman

14:15

No direct route

16:00

No direct route

No direct route

No direct route


7:15

Yazd

8:30

No direct route

14:30

No direct route

7:15

No direct route

7:15


Railway Companies and Consortia

The Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (abbreviated as IRIR, or sometimes as RAI) is the national state-owned railway system of Iran. The Raja Passenger Train Company is an associate of the IRIR and manages its passenger trains. The Railway Transportation Company is an associate of the IRIR, which manages its freight transport. The Ministry of Roads & Urban Development is the state agency that oversees the IRIR. Some 33 million tonnes of goods and 29 million passengers are transported annually by the rail transportation network, accounting for 9 percent and 11 percent of all transportation in Iran, respectively (2011).

Iranian Railway companies and their contact information

Company name

Cargo/Passenger

Website

Asia Seir Aras

Cargo

https://asiaseiraras.ir/

Rahahan Sharghi Bonyad

Passenger

https://bonrailco.ir/

Samand Rail

Cargo

http://samandrail.ir/

Hamlvanaghl Saypa

Cargo

http://saipalogistics.ir/

Joopar

Cargo/Passenger

http://www.joopar.com/

Rahahan Hamlonaghl

Cargo/Passenger

http://www.rwt.ir/

Parsian rail shargh

Cargo

http://www.prsco.ir/

Raad Tabriz

Passenger

https://raadtabriz.com/

Rail Tarabar Saba

Passenger

https://sabatrains.ir/

For more information on railway company contact details, please see the following link: 4.9 Railway Companies Contact List.

Key Route Information

Standard Route Information 


Tehran To BRS Port 

Tehran To Tabriz 

Tabriz To Ankara, Turkey

Tehran To Mashhad  

Track gauge 

1435 mm

1435 mm

1435 mm

1435 mm

Ruling gradient 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Total track distance (single and/or double) 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not) 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Type of sleeper and fastenings 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Total track travel time 

17 H 

7 H 

60 H 

12 H 

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad) 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Companies-consortiums operating on line 

RAJA 

RAJA 

RAJA 

RAJA 

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily) 

Daily 

Daily 

Daily 

Daily 

Security (Good, marginal, bad) 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Main stations 

Bandar Abbas Station 

Tabriz Station 

Ankara Station/Ankara City 

Mashhad Station 

Key Stations


Bandar Imam Khoemini 

Bandar Abbas Port 

Location 

31°19'11"N   48°41'53"E  

27°12'40"N   56°15'22"E 

Contact Information 

Tel: 0098-6152284001-4 

Tel: 0098761-24500 

Connections with other transport means

Road/Waterway/Air 

Road/Waterway/Air 

Storage Capacity (square meters and cubic meters) 

N/A 

N/A 

Handling Equipment 

Available 

Available  

Handling Capacity

N/A 

650 MT/hour 

1,932,000 MT per year