CFS - Syrian
Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):
- 1479km standard gauge, not electrified
The main railway center of Syria is Aleppo, where CFS has its
headquarters. With Russian help several lines were newly constructed or
completely rebuilt in recent years. From Aleppo there are main lines to
Damascus, to the Turkish border and to the northeast of the country
(connecting to the railway from Turkey to Iraq).
Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):
- narrow gauge(1050mm), not electrified
This company runs mostly tourist trains over what is left of the famous
Hedjaz Railway, that once ran from Beirut and Haifa to Medina(-Mecca).
The currently operated lines run from Damascus Kanawat to Serghaya
(border with Lebanon), from Damascus Kadem to Dar'a and the Jordanian
border, and from Dar'a to Bosra.
In 2005 only the section Al Hama-Deir Kanoun of the line
Damascus-Serghaya is in operation, 2 steam locomotives are stationed in
Al Hama for extra trains. On the line from Damascus to Dar'a there are
two regular passenger (and freight) trains per week.
Last update: 21-05-2010