TURKMENISTAN: A locomotive depot has been opened at Bereket where the north–south corridor between Kazakhstan and Iran meets the east–west Ashgabat – Bereket – Turkmenbashi route.

Government officials, staff representatives, elders and young people attended the inauguration celebrations, which included a message from President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as well as musical and dancing performances.

The depot has been designed to increase locomotive availability on the corridor, and to provide safer and more comfortable working conditions for more than 600 staff. It has the capacity to undertake the routine maintenance of 210 diesel locomotives per year, using modern diagnostic, measuring and inspection tools, a wheel lathe, lifting equipment, a train washing plant and facilities for the cleaning of locomotive components.

There is also a two-storey administration building and staff recreation facilities including a sports ground.