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The Railways of Iran

Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by Roger Farnworth, Mar 23, 2020.

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    This is the first of what I hope will be a few articles about the Railways of Iran. It focusses on the first line built between Tehran and Rey and operating from 1888 to around 1960-61.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/03/23/railways-in-iran-part-1-tehran-to-rey-1888

     
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    The first instalment about Iran's Railways was about a narrow gauge line near Tehran.

    This next installment covering the Railways of Iran deals with the period up to the end of the Second World War. ...

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/03/24/railways-in-iran-part-2-the-1910-to-1945

     
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    Thank you, interesting. The loco at the top of the page is one of the 200 2-8-2s built by US mfrs (Baldwin in the case of 42.450) for the British War Department. Some of these were later sent to China as part of the UK's contribution to the UNRRA effort.
     
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    Thank you for the reply Huochemi. I hope, in due course, to write something about the locomotives on the network in Iran. There were a large number of imports during the war years - both steam and diesel traction.
     
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    There was a two part article in the Railway Gazette for February 1945 "British Work on Persian Railways 1942", which I can send you if you would like. I suspect there is material in the Civils (ICE) library too but probably not currently accessible.
     
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    Thank you.
    I have managed to access on ICE article, I think through jstor. I would really appreciate a copy of the Railway Gazette articles. Thank you.
    Best wishes
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    After the War, Iran's railways experienced a period of relative stagnation. Significant developments did not occur until the 1950s.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/03/28/railways-in-iran-part-3-1945-to-the-1960s

     
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    The rule of the Shah in the 1970s became increasingly authoritarian. The royal family appropriated a large amount of the country's income for themselves and gradually the clerics became less and less content with the ruling classes. The result, as we know, was major political change at the end of the decade.

    The railways continued to serve the country and saw some significant developments during the decade.

    I hope you find this next article interesting. ...

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/03/30/railways-in-iran-part-4-1970s
     
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    Many thanks for this fascinating insight into the railways in a relatively poorly known (to many of us) neck of the woods. Thanks too to @huochemi for his additional info.
     
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    While undertaking the research for these articles on the railways in Iran. I was delighted to find some material in a number of European language posted on a thread about the Railways of Iran on the SJK Postvagen forum. This next post is numbered out of sequence as I have already begun work of the period from the 1980s onwards, but the material is really interesting (in my view). I have had to use Google Translate to get the first draft of the different papers referred to in the link article and then I have had to clarify or paraphrase a number of things to make the text work in English. ....

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/04/03/railways-in-iran-part-6-foreign-articles-collection-a
     
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