Pilot Train Delivers First Cargo from Russia to Iran via Azerbaijan

Baku / 08.02.18 / Turan: The first pilot train with six freight cars from Russia was shipped to Iran on February 8 along the paved Astara-Astara railway line that connected the railways of Azerbaijan and Iran

According to the JSC Azerbaijan Railways, a cargo of sawn timber was unloaded in the terminal on the Iranian side.

Full-scale commissioning of the railway is expected in March this year.

"The railway Astara (Iran) - Astara (Azerbaijan) will be officially opened in March this year at a ceremony attended by officials from Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan," said Abbas Nazari, General Director for international affairs of the Iranian Railway.

As IRNA notes, he also said that preliminary talks have been held between officials of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia to launch a passenger train on the route Astara (Azerbaijan) - Moscow.

"The countries of the region are well aware of the significant railway project, and both Russia and Azerbaijan insist on completing the project as soon as possible," Nazari said.

The Astara-Astara railway line is the continuation of the Kazvin-Rasht railway and part of the North-South project, which connects the Iranian railways with the railway system of Azerbaijan. The length of the road is 10 km, of which 8 km is from the city of Astara to the border with Iran, and 2 km - from the border to the Iranian city of Astara.

The representative of the Iranian Railway also said that European countries are trying to use the Astara (Iran) - Astara (Azerbaijan) railway line to transport their goods to the Persian Gulf, India and back. -0-

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