The Trains Are Supposedly Running On Time
The work of Baku-Astara passenger train will be resumed on July 4, head of Azerbaijan Railways press-service Nadir Azmammadov told APA. According to him, the construction of road bed in the destroyed part of Shirvan-Astara is almost over.
The trains will move in limited speed. He also noted that, Baku-Astara-Horadiz passenger train will depart from Baku to Astara on July 4, and back on July 5. Baku-Astara Express Train will be depart on July 6.
That’s the train that rolls through Lənkəran. I’ve been waiting for this, seemingly for months. I’m scheduled for a trip up to Baku in another week or so and I’m looking forward to not taking a stiflingly hot, dusty bus ride. Certainly, the bus isn’t the worst, but a night train is preferable. And it’s about the same price. And you can sleep.
But not only have the trains started running again (on a conspicuous day, my birthday), but apparently there is some large-scale development on the horizon for the railways in Azerbaijan. From Trend.Az:
…the program is aimed at improving the quality of cargo and passenger transportation and security, introducing scientific and technological advances and new technologies in transport infrastructure, defining and implementing a strategy to improve passenger services and increase their profitability, restoring the northern section of the railroad, purchasing locomotives, purchasing diesel locomotives, training and social security.
In order to improve speed and security, there are plans to repair 317 kilometers of major railways. It is assumed to construct and reconstruct bridges and other infrastructures.
Within modernization of train park, there are plans to purchase 50 new electric locomotives, repair and modernize 28 locomotives and purchase spare parts, establish a repair center in Bilajari locomotive depot.
The trains could use some updating. Let’s keep in mind that while I do generally enjoy a train ride, my extra enthusiasm for the train here is due to it’s relative awesomeness compared to the alternatives. We’re definitely working with Soviet-era trains. And that era has passed.