South Caucasus Railway

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Logo of South Caucasus Railway (Armenia)
South Caucasus Railway
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Armenia's railway network.
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Yerevan railway station — the biggest in Armenia.
Reporting markHYU
Locale Armenia
Dates of operation2008–present
PredecessorArmenian Railways
Track gauge1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
Electrification3 kV DC
Length780 km (480 mi)
HeadquartersYerevan
Websiteukzhd.am

South Caucasus Railway (Armenian: Հարավկովկասյան երկաթուղի, Russian: Южно-Кавказская железная дорога) is a rail operator in Armenia, owned by Russian Railways.

Main information[edit]

On 13 February 2008, the Government of Armenia signed an agreement to transfer 100% of the state-owned Armenian Railways to Russian Railways. According to the agreement, the concession period is 30 years, with a possible extension for another 10 years by mutual agreement of the parties. In accordance with the terms of the tender, existing railway employees (4,300 people), except those of retirement age, were transferred to the staff of South Caucasus Railway on salary increases of up to 20%.[1]

South Caucasus Railway is among the five largest companies of Armenia, and its performance has a direct impact on the country's economic growth.

Routes[edit]

South Caucasus Railway currently operates the following services:[2]

Yerevan to Batumi

Yerevan to Gyumri

Yerevan to Ararat

Yerevan to Araks

Yerevan to Yeraskh

Summer only service from Yerevan (Almast station) to Shorzha

South Caucasus Railway headquarter in Yerevan

International links[edit]

Except with Georgia, all international railway links between Armenia and its neighbors have been closed since 1993 due to the blockade against the country by Turkey and Azerbaijan due to conflict in Nagorno Karabagh.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About company". South Caucasus Railway. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Schedule". South Caucasus Railway. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Armenia looks to the private sector". Railway Gazette International. January 2008.

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