CFS - Syrian
Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):
- 1479km standard gauge, not electrified (2423km pre-war)
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).
Because of the civil war train services are now rather limited, but
long distance trains operate from Aleppo, e.g. towards Latakia.
In August 2020 a freight service between Damascus and the port of
Tartus resumed, and also a passerger service between Tartus and Lakatia
operates twice a week.
Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):
- 327km narrow gauge(1050mm), not electrified (pre-war)
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.
Because of the civil war train service is now very limited, although at
least one steam special for Western railway enthousiasts has operated
Last update: 11-08-2020