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First railway from Darulaman to Kabul without any government representatives
The 7 km long railway between Kabul and Darul-Aman

The Kabul–Darulaman Tramway was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in Afghanistan. It was constructed by King Amanullah in 1923, and was 5 miles (8.0 km) long, running from Kabul to the planned city of Darulaman.

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Historical accountsEdit

The December 1922 issue of The Locomotive magazine mentions "Travellers from Afghanistan state a railway is being laid down for a distance of some six miles from Kabul to the site of the new city of Darulaman, and also that some of the rolling stock for it is being manufactured in the Kabul workshops." The August 1928 issue of The Locomotive mentions "the only railway at present in Afghanistan is five miles long, between Kabul and Darulaman." Three small steam locomotives were acquired from Henschel of Kassel in Germany.[1]

ClosureEdit

The tramway closed (date unknown), and was dismantled in the 1940s, but the locomotives are preserved at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Darulaman.[1]

LocomotivesEdit

There were three small Henschel 0-4-0T steam locomotives, two of which survive in a museum in Kabul.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kabul to Darulaman railway, Railways of Afghanistan
  2. ^ Hughes, Hugh 1994 Indian Locomotives Pt. 3, Narrow Gauge 1863-1940. Continental Railway Circle.