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Syria Railway Assessment

Railway Service:

  • Syria's railway service is reliable and inexpensive, there are two classes of rail travel but only first class carriages have air-conditioning
  • The main railway route connects Damascus with Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Hassake and Qamishle, with a secondary coastal route from Aleppo to the port of Latakia
  • The Syrian railway network has a combination of standard gauge and narrow gauge lines
  • The standard gauge (1.435m) network includes about 2,460 km of rail track, has an axle weight of 20 tons with a speed of 120 km/h for passenger trains and 100 km/h for cargo trains
    The major line extends from the Lebanese border in the south to the Turkish border in the north, via Homs and Aleppo
  • In the northeast, another line connecting the Turkish and Iraqi borders.
  • A line runs from the oilfields of Al Qamishly in the north to the port of Lattakia (750 km)
  • the Homs – Palmyra line is opened to phosphate traffic bound to the port of Tartous
  • the narrow gauge (1.050m) network is operated by Hijaz Railways has a total length of 251 km and an axle weight of 17 tons with a maximum speed of 60 km/h
  • the Syrian rail network, headquartered in Aleppo, connects the major commercial and agricultural production areas
  • All standard types of wagons are available including those for bulk grain transport
  • The Tartous and Lattakia Ports have rail access, as do most major mills and grain silos

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Annex 2.1 Syria Government Contact List

Travel Time Matrix

No information on travel time given in the old DLCA.

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Capital

Town A 

Town B 

Town C 

Town D 

Town E 

Town F 

Town G 

Capital

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 Town A

 

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

Town B 

 

 

 

-

-

-

-

-

Town C 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

-

Town D 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

Town E 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

Town F 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

Town G 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railway Companies and Consortia

No information on Private Railway Companies given. 

Annex 2.1 Syria Government Contact List

Capacity Table

No information on Key Companies or Lines given in the old DLCA.

Rail Operator Capacity
 

Operator /

Company

Operator /

Company

Operator /

Company

Operates on (lines)

n/a

n/an/a

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

n/a

n/an/a

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

n/an/a

n/an/a

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

n/a

n/an/a

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

n/a

n/an/a

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

n/a

n/an/a

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

n/a

n/an/a

Key Route Information

No key route information provided.

Standard Route Information
 

Route A

 From - To

Route B

 From - To

Route C

 From - To

Route D

 From - To

Track gauge

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Ruling gradient

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Total track distance (single and/or double)

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Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

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Type of sleeper and fastenings

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Total track travel time

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Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

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Companies-consortiums operating on line

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Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

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Security (Good, marginal, bad)

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Main stations (Add details below)

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Key Stations

No information on key stations provided.

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