First Turkey-Uzbekistan train inaugurates new corridor

Image: Uzbek Railways. Uzbekistan Temir Yollari

The first freight train on the railway line from Turkey reaches Uzbekistan via Iran and Turkmenistan reached its final destination on Saturday 3 December. This is the first freight train running on the 4,500-kilometre-long line, developed by Uzbekistan Temir Yollari (Uzbek Railways).

The train left from Gumruh station in Izmir, in the Turkish far-west and its final destination was the Uzbek capital city Tashkent. As Uzbek Railways pointed out, this “is the fastest and most convenient way for domestic entrepreneurs to send export goods from Uzbekistan to Turkey, as well as deliver imported goods”.

Image: Uzbek Railways

The convoy, made up of 40 wagons, was loaded with household appliances, namely refrigerated goods. Uzbek Railway claimed that this route is part of a project that was launched in November this year, the Summit of Presidents of the Organization of Turkic States held in Samarkand. The initiative plans to create and develop alternative routes and create new transport corridors.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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