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Saudi Railway Company
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]
Websitewww.sar.com.sa

The Saudi Railway Company (SAR; Arabic: الشركة السعودية للخطوط الحديدية) is one of two state-owned companies that operates Saudi Arabia's rail network along with Saudi Railways Organization.

SAR operate the 2750 km north-south railway line and a passenger line from Riyadh to Hai'l, Saudi Arabia, nearby the Jordanian border.[3] SAR was established in 2006 to build, operate, and manage the north-south railway project.[4]

Approval to merge Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railway Company was announced in February 2021.[5]

Network

SAR train at Riyadh-Dammam Station, Riyadh.
SAR train at Riyadh-Dammam Station, Riyadh.

The total length of the SAR rail network will be 2,750 km. The SAR project contains two main lines. The network contains 9 intermodal yards (shipping yards) at Al-Haditha, Al-Jawf, Al-Besaitaa, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mussa’ad Economic City at Hail, Qassim, Sudair, Riyadh, Ras Al-Khair, and Jubail. There will be 17 buildings to house maintenance staff across the railway network.

SAR Riyadh–Qurayyat Line

Main article: SAR Riyadh–Qurayyat Line

The SAR Riyadh–Qurayyat Line begins at Riyadh and runs northwest toward Al Haditha near the Jordanian border, passing through Majma’a, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jawf.[6] Both passenger and freight services will be operated on this line.[7] There will be six passenger stations on the line which will be in Riyadh at King Khaled International Airport, Majma’a, Qassim, Hail at Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mussa’ad Economic City, Al-Jawf, and Al-Qurayyat.[8]

SAR North South Railway Line

Main article: SAR North South Railway Line

The SAR North South Railway Line runs from Al-Jalamid mine in the Northern province and then passes through Al-Jawf and Hail until Al Baithah Junction in Qassim province. The line then travels east to the processing and export facilities in Ras Al Khair in the Eastern Province.[9] This line will be used solely by freight trains.[10]

Rolling stock

Class Image Top speed Number Remarks Built
mph km/h
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.[11][12] 2013
EMD SD70ACS
SD70ACS EMDX 3025 2010-10-08.jpg
61 Diesel Locomotives [13][14] Heavy haul AC diesel electric locomotives 2010

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
  3. ^ Saudi Landbridge rail project loses momentum
  4. ^ Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is Awarded New Locomotive Contract for 25 SD70ACS Locomotives from Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
  5. ^ "Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company merger approved". Global Railsay Review. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  6. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=85&language=en-US
  7. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=63&language=en-US
  8. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=85&language=en-US
  9. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=85&language=en-US
  10. ^ http://www.sar.com.sa/Default.aspx?tabid=63&language=en-US
  11. ^ PUSH-PULL TRAIN FOR THE SAUDI RAILWAY COMPANY (SAR)
  12. ^ CAF wins contracts from Saudi Rail
  13. ^ Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is Awarded New Locomotive Contract for 25 SD70ACS Locomotives from Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
  14. ^ Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. Wins New Locomotive Contract for 25 SD70ACS Locomotives from Saudi Railway Company (SAR)