Azerbaijan railway news

News about railway operations, services and the supply industry in Azerbaijan.

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    Flirt DMUs enter service in Azerbaijan


    AZERBAIJAN: National railway ADY put its Stadler Flirt diesel multiple-units into service on the Baku – Ağstafa route on June 14. In November 2019 ADY placed a €115m order with Stadler for 10 Flirt trainsets: four inter-regional DMUs designated DŞ1, three EMUs also configured for inter-regional services ...

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    Freight traffic resumes on Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway


    ASIA: The Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway has re-opened for freight traffic following a year-long maintenance and rebuilding programme on the Georgian section of the line. Work on the 170 km section between Marabda and Akhalkalaki began in May last year and was completed on ...

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    Joint venture to manage upgraded Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway


    ASIA: An equally-owned binational joint venture is to be set up to manage the Azeri and Georgian sections of the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway once current upgrading works are completed. Azerbaijan’s and Georgia’s state railways currently hold sole responsibility for the sections of line ...

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    Stadler DMUs delivered to Azerbaijan


    AZERBAIJAN: National railway ADY took delivery of four Stadler Flirt diesel multiple-units during December. They were ordered in November 2019 in a €115m deal that also includes six EMUs which are scheduled for handover in 2024. Stadler transferred production from Belarus to ...

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    Middle Corridor joint venture to co-ordinate China – Europe rail freight


    INTERNATIONAL: The national railways of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan have formed an equally-owned joint venture to develop multimodal services on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route between China and Europe. The agreement to create Middle Corridor Multimodal Ltd was signed at the Silk Road forum in Tblisi ...

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    Turkic states meet to promote Middle Corridor


    ASIA: The Organization of Turkic States is assessing the potential for increasing Eurasian rail freight traffic and boosting the Middle Corridor transit route.

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    Baku metro Purple Line extension opens


    AZERBAIJAN: President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated a 2·4 km one-station extension of the Baku metro’s Purple Line from Avtovağzal to a station and depot at Xocəsən on December 23. The latest extension takes the Purple Line to 5·8 km. The ...

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    Stadler relocates Flirt production from Belarus to Poland


    POLAND: Stadler Rail has switched the production of Flirt multiple-units being built for Azerbaijan Railways from its Fanipol plant in Belarus to Siedlce in Poland. National railway ADY ordered four Flirt DMUs and six EMUs in November 2019. These were due to be assembled at the ...

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    Zangazur Corridor bridge renewal


    AZERBAIJAN: State railway ADY has commissioned a new bridge over the River Kura on its Zangazur Corridor line between the Caspian Sea port of Alat and Aghbend in the southwest of the country.

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    Six policy reforms to strengthen railways in Central Asia


    ASIA: An Asian Development Bank assessment of the state of railways in the 11 countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Programme has set out six reforms that ADB believes are needed to make rail more efficient and financially sustainable. The CAREC area covers Afghanistan, ...

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    Alstom and Azerbaijan Technical University launch rail training centre


    AZERBAIJAN: Alstom and Azerbaijan Technical University are developing a training centre in Baku, with the first intake of 20 engineering students expected in October. The centre will provide access to over 140 h of unique courses developed and owned by Alstom University, the company’s in-house training ...

  • Nurminen Logistics' first full-length container service from China to central Europe via southern Trans-Caspian route

    Trans-Caspian rail and sea freight route to Europe launched


    INTERNATIONAL: Nurminen Logistics’ first full-length container service from China to central Europe via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route left Chongqing on May 10. The containers will travel by rail through Kazakhstan to the port of Aktau, across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and then by rail ...

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    Azerbaijan: Developing a transit hub


    After years of declining freight traffic, Azerbaijan’s national railway ADY is seeking to revive its fortunes by focusing on its potential as a hub for transit freight between Asia and Europe. It is also increasing investment in passenger services around Baku. Toma Bačić explains.

  • Azerbaijan freight loco deliveries completed (2)

    Azerbaijan freight loco deliveries completed


    AZERBAIJAN: The EKZ electric locomotive manufacturing joint venture of Alstom and Transmashholding has delivered the last of 40 Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locos which were ordered by national railway ADY in 2014. Assembled at Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan, the 25 tonne axleload twin-section freight locomotives have ...

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    Progress in talks on reopening strategic rail link


    INTERNATIONAL: Armenia and Azerbaijan have made progress in talks aimed at reopening the long-closed rail link between the two countries, raising hopes of restoration of a rail corridor that once offered a through route between the Baltic coast and the Gulf. On January 28, Mher Grigoryan, ...

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    Baku metro trains delivered


    AZERBAIJAN: Transmasholding’s Metrowagonmash plant at Mytishi in Russia has delivered a further four of the 12 five-car trainsets which Baku Metropoliten ordered in October 2019 for delivery by 2023. The Type 81-765.B and 81-766.B vehicles feature a high level of sound and ...

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    Baku metro extended


    AZERBAIJAN: A 1 km extension of the Baku metro’s Violet Line from Memar Əcəmi to a new station at 8 Noyabr was inaugurated President Ilham Aliyev on May 29, two days before the metro reopened following a pandemic closure which began on October 19 2020. The ...

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    Naxçıvan railway reopening proposed as work starts on Baku link


    ASIA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed proposals for the reopening of a rail link between Iran and its northwestern neighbour Azerbaijan. Speaking at a meeting with the governor of Iran’s largely Azeri-speaking province of East Azerbaijan on February 18, Zarif pointed out the ...

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    Azerbaijan modernises north–south and east–west corridors


    AZERBAIJAN: National railway ADY has begun work to rebuild a disused railway which would allow north–south trains to bypass the Baku conurbation. During August it also converted the electrification on the 499 km east-west corridor from Baku to Böyük Kəsik on the Georgian border from 3 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Baku metro train arrives


    AZERBAIJAN: Baku Metropoliten has taken delivery of the first of a further 12 five-car Type 81-765.4B/766.4B metro trainsets which were ordered from Metrowagonmash last October for delivery in 2020-23. The trainsets from the manufacturer’s Moskva family have full-width gangways, wide doors and ...