The 935-kilometer Uzen-Bereket-Gorgan line is now the shortest railway connecting the three nations, making for faster transit times. The line is 1520 mm gauge as far as Etrek, with the Iranian section of the route being standard gauge. In Iran, the railway enables linkage to the national network, making its way to the ports of the Persian Gulf.
KTI railway line is initially forecast to carry five million tons of freight per year, with 10-12 million tons per year expected in the longer-term.
Photos from KTI railway line inauguration ceremony:
Siemens EuroRunner 24PC diesel-electric locomotive operated by Islamic Republic of Iran Railways
CSR Ziyang Locomotive operated by Turkmenistan Railways
GE Evolution TE33A locomotive built by Kazakhstan's LKZ factory, operated by Turkmenistan Railways
On hand at KTI inauguration cermenony: Turkmen musicians performing traditional instruments
On hand at KTI inauguration ceremony: Turkmen women in traditional costume
On hand at KTI inauguration ceremony: Turkmen procession of Bactrian camels
Photos: Moein Motlagh at Fars News Agency and Mahmood Hosseini at Tasnim News Agency