Saudi Arabia Railways

Saudi Arabia Railways
IndustryRailway
Founded23 May 2006; 16 years ago (2006-05-23)
HeadquartersDiplomatic Quarter, Building S-24, ,
Saudi Arabia[1]
Key people
Nabil Al-Amoudi (Chairman)[2]
OwnerPublic Investment Fund[3]
Websitewww.sar.com.sa

Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR; Arabic: الشركة السعودية للخطوط الحديدية),[4][5] formerly the Saudi Railway Company, is the national railway company of Saudi Arabia. It is de facto a state-owned enteprise, as it is owned by the Public Investment Fund.[3]

Saudi Railways Organization was also a major railway operator in Saudi Arabia, it was merged into Saudi Arabia Railways on 1 April 2021.[6]

History

Saudi Arabia Railways, then the Saudi Railway Company, was established in 2006 to build, operate, and manage the north-south railway project.[7]

Approval to merge the Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railway Company was announced in February 2021,[6] and the Saudi Railways Organization was merged into the Saudi Railway Company on 1 April 2021.[8]

The combined company is now called Saudi Arabia Railways.[9][4]

Rolling stock

Class Image Top speed Number Remarks Built
mph km/h
Talgo 350 Talgo 350 SRO.jpg 220 350 36 trainsets Operating on the Haramain High Speed Railway 2015-2018
CAF push–pull train SAR CAF.jpg 124 200 6 trainsets (75 Passenger cars & 12 Power Cars) COMPOSITION: 4 trainsets 280m length (Mc-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-Mc) and 2 trainsets 381m length (Mc-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-Mc). Spanish manufacturer CAF has in delivered 2013 delivered six diesel push-pull train, 4 nine-car trainsets is for daytime train schedule and 2 thirteen-car trainsets for night train. They are used on the Riyadh-Qurayyat Line.[10][11] 2013
CAF push–pull train SRO push-pull diesel train 5006 at Dammam station.jpg 112 180 8 passenger units, 10 power cars (5001-5010) Passenger trainsets with dedicated power cars. 2011
EMD SD70ACS SD70ACS EMDX 3025 2010-10-08.jpg 61 Diesel Locomotives [7][12] Heavy haul AC diesel-electric locomotives for a mineral railway[13] 2010-2016
ALCO RS-1 DSSA RS-1 (cropped).jpg 65 105 6 Series 1000-1005 Diesel-electric locomotives. Originally Arabian American Oil Company A11x50-A11x51, 1002-1005 1947–1951
EMD SW1001 Switcher 107.jpg 5 Series 1022-1026 Order 818000 1/5 Diesel-electric locomotives.[14] 1981
NS Class 2400 (1954) [nl] NS 2498.jpg 50 80 7 Secondhand Diesel-electric locomotives taken over from NS by Volker Stevin in 1976 for construction works for a seaport in Jubail. Former 2427, 2445, 2485, 2497, 2499, 2519, 2523. Renumbered into 101-107. Sold to Archirodon for rail reconstruction between Damman and Riyadh and renumbered to 276-04 - 276-09. Some scrapped in 1983. Others active until 1994 and stored in Hofuf afterwards.[15] 1954–56
EMD G18 Ferronor G18U 72 Llanta.jpg 16 Series 1006-1021 Orders 710971-710975, 713081-713082, 713233-713235, and 748005 1/6 Diesel-electric locomotives. 1968–1976
EMD GP18M Locomotiva EMD GP 18 e Carros Mafersa 800 da EF Araraquara (1963).jpg 1 Series 1200 Order 700178 Diesel-electric locomotives.[14] rated at 1500 horsepower 1961
EMD FP7A Soo Line 2500 Streamliner.JPG 2 Series 1500-1501 Order 7019 Diesel-electric locomotives taken over from Arabian American Oil Company (their 1006-1007).[16] 1953
EMD FP9A KCS 1 EMD FP9A.jpg 7 Series 1502-1508 Orders 701553, 701493-701494, 702272-702275 Diesel-electric locomotives 1956–1959
EMD GP38-2 3801 EMD GP38-2 diesel locomotive.jpg 1 Series 2000. Order 712783. Diesel-electric locomotives 1973
EMD GPL38S UP GP38-2 588.jpg 7 Series 2001-2007. Order 201288865. Diesel-electric locomotives 2015
EMD GT22CW General Motors GT-22CW - Ferrosur Roca.jpg 3 Series 2001-2003. Order 748004. Diesel-electric locomotives 1976
EMD SD38-2 LLPX SD38-2 2808.jpg 6 Series 2004-2009. Order 778050. Diesel-electric locomotives[17] 1978
EMD SDL38 EMD SD38-2 Squaw Creek Southern 11.jpg 6 Series 2030-2035. Order 20148061 Diesel-electric locomotives 2016
EMD SDL50 EMD SD50.JPG 31 Series 3500-3530 Diesel-electric locomotives[18] 1981–2005
EMD GT46ACS 17 Series 4300-4316. Orders 20118517 and 20148134. Diesel-electric locomotives 2013–2015
Class 319.2 Bf Bobadilla, 319 310.jpg 75 120 >4 Diesel-electric locomotives bought second hand.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=257&language=en-GB
  2. ^ "Haramain Train to resume service within 30 days". Saudigazette. October 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b https://www.sar.com.sa/static/6337016a179236f5da20e88675858819/17a31/PIF.webp
  4. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia Railways invites bids to supply next generation inter-city trains". Railway Gazette International.
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia Railways phosphate train". Network Rail Media Centre.
  6. ^ a b "Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company merger approved". Global Railsay Review. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  7. ^ a b "Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is Awarded New Locomotive Contract for 25 SD70ACS Locomotives from Saudi Railway Company (SAR)".
  8. ^ "سياسي / مجلس الوزراء يعقد جلسته ـ عبر الاتصال المرئي ـ برئاسة خادم الحرمين الشريفين وكالة الأنباء السعودية". web.archive.org. February 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "Train travel in Saudi Arabia | Riyadh to Dammam trains". www.seat61.com.
  10. ^ PUSH-PULL TRAIN FOR THE SAUDI RAILWAY COMPANY (SAR)
  11. ^ "CAF wins contracts from Saudi Rail". March 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. Wins New Locomotive Contract for 25 SD70ACS Locomotives from Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
  13. ^ HaRakevet: Rothschild PhD, Rabbi Walter (2010), New mineral railway Issue 90
  14. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia - Saudi Railways Organisation : Prototypes by Country - TT scale trains and models".
  15. ^ Dierdorp, Sicco & Davy Beumer (2011), D.E.-Locomotieven serie 2200/2300 en 2400/2500. Alkmaar: De Alk
  16. ^ "Pictures of SRO 1501". www.rrpicturearchives.net.
  17. ^ Ward, compiled by Jeffery S. "EMD 778050; SDL38-2; Saudi Arabia; Gov't Ry 2004-2009".
  18. ^ "RailPictures.Net Photo: SRO 3527 Saudi Railways Organization EMD SDL50 at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Tom Hewitt". www.railpictures.net.
  19. ^ "World rolling stock market May 2014", www.railwaygazette.com, 11 May 2014

External links

  • SAR| Home - Saudi Arabia Railways official website
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