• Kuwait to Muscat

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

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  by george matthews
 
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>>KUWAIT CITY: Detailed plans are to be drawn up for a 2,000-kilometer railway line from the Iraq-Kuwait border to the Arabian Sea after Gulf leaders gave their go-ahead this week, project coordinator Hamed Khajah said Wednesday.
The $5.7-billion line would run from Kuwait to Oman, serving the other four member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - en route, he said.<<

Yet another new rail project. Is it any likelier than others that have been proposed? One wonders how much traffic is available. During the war between Iraq and Iran, most of Iraq's supplies came in through the Port of Dammam (where I was working) and that rail link would have been valuable. But is there traffic now? An occasional passenger train would be interesting.

There is some industrial traffic in Saudi, but how much would there be to Oman?

Of course the idea of traffic to Turkey and Europe is interesting. I remember seeing a British lorry in Taif that had presumably driven the whole way from Britain.