Rail transport in Tajikistan

Tajik Railway Train with TE33A loco
Eu 733 0-10-0 in a park near the main railway station in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Rail transport in Tajikistan is limited, as the railroad system totals only 680 kilometres (420 mi) of non-electrified, single-track railway,[1] all of it 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in) broad gauge. The system connects the main urban centers of western Tajikistan with points in neighboring Uzbekistan. In 1999 a new line connected the southern cities of Qurghonteppa and Kulob. In 2016, another line connected both cities to the capital Dushanbe, thus linking southern and central railway networks together.[2] The northern branch around Khujand remains physically disconnected from this main tajik railway network, accessible only through a lengthy transit via Uzbekistan. As of 2017, the passenger service remains limited to infrequent international trains from Dushanbe and Khujand to Moscow, one weekly train from Dushanbe to Khujand (via Uzbekistan) as well as a local service between Dushanbe and Pakhtaabad (daily) and Kulyob/Shahrtuz (twice weekly).


Passenger transit through Tajikistan has been hindered by periodic failures of Tajik Railways to pay transit tariffs and by safety issues.[3]


A recent agreement between the heads of state of Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan will modernize parts of Tajikistan's rail system to allow more trade between Central Asian countries.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CIA World Factbook - Tajikistan". April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Inauguration of Dushanbe-Qurghonteppa-Kulob railroad". August 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Tajikistan country profile. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (January 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "President Zardari chairs PPP consultative meeting". Associated Press of Pakistan. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  5. ^ The Hans India - India accedes to Ashgabat agreement