Tehran-Mashhad railway electrification started
Tehran, Iran, May 28
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
The project to electrify the railway that connects Iran’s capital city Tehran to major religious tourism hub Mashhad has started, according to Said Rasuli, member of Islamic Republic Railways board of directors.
The completion of the project will take four years, Rasuli said, IRIB news agency reported May 28.
“We are trying to reach a speed of 200 kilometers per hour so that the journey is shortened by six hours,” he said.
Tehran-Mashhad, the most frequented railway line of Iran and one of the few double-track lines of the country, with 926Km of length and 50 stations starts from Tehran, and ends in Mashhad in northeastern of Iran after passing through the major cities of Garmsar, Semnan, Damghan, Shahroud, and Neishabour.
Currently, the highest possible speed on this route is 160 Km/h which will be increased to 200 km/h after the electrification project is completed. Based on predictions, the railway will carry annually 33 million passengers and 10 million tons of freight by 2032. This load of passenger and freight will put the Tehran-Mashhad railway into the list of top ten most commuted railway lines in the world.
The project will be carried out in two parts along Tehran-Mashhad railway and the contract is of EPC+F type.