The railway took over 1,500 workers more than five years to build, with 800 contractors working in the harsh conditions of the Karakum Desert. The railway was built using no foreign specialists - only companies and contractors from Turkmenistan were used. The opening ceremony was held at Ichoguz (formerly Darvaza), where a white marble railway station with a capacity of 100 people a day was built for the event.
The railway takes 12 hours to traverse, halving the previous travel time between the two cities of Ashgabat and Dashoguz in half by replacing the route from through Mary and Lebap provinces and along the border with Uzbekistan with one 700km shorter. There are 17 stations along the entire route, some serving existing villages, and others serving as a drop-off point for planned villages. Over 130 bridges span the various water features, and a new highway is also being constructed alongside the railway. It is the third large-scale project implemented since Turkmenistan's independence. Earlier, a 132km stretch of the 280km Tejen-Serahs-Meshkhed railway as well as the 205km long Turkmenabat-Atamurat railway were built in the country.
Triniti Commercial Enterprises, Britain, and Berrington, United States, will supply rails worth $US 14.5 million to the Trans-Karakum railway, which is under construction.(Turkmenistan)
Jun 01, 2005; Triniti Commercial Enterprises, Britain, and Berrington, United States, will supply rails worth $US 14.5 million to the...