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Abkhazian Railway

Abkhazian railway
საქართველოს რკინიგზის აფხაზეთის მონაკვეთი
Абхазская железная дорога
Map of Abkhazia with railway lines.
Sukhumi Railway station — the biggest in Abkhazia.
Locale Georgia)
Dates of operation 1992–present
Predecessor USSR)
Track gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
Headquarters Sukhumi
Website Press here

Abkhazian railway is a rail operator in the partially recognised state of Abkhazia, controlled by Russian Railways.

Contents

  • Main information 1
  • History 2
  • Photos 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Main information

Consists of a 101 km (63 mi) rail line along the War in Abkhazia. The railway is administered by the Abkhazskaya Zheleznaya Doroga (Russian: Абхазская Железная Дорога, Abkhaz: Аҧсны Аиҳаамҩа) company.

As of 2015, there is a daily long distance line between Sukhumi and Moscow, and some elektrichkas between Adler and Sukhumi.

History

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and damaging of the Transcaucasian Railway lines, the Samtredskoye part to the west of the Inguri River came under control of the Abkhazian railway.

The bridge over the

  1. ^ Abkhazia is de-jure part of Georgia, but de-facto not under Georgian control.
  2. ^ АБХАЗСКАЯ ЖЕЛЕЗНАЯ ДОРОГА: общие сведения, (Russian)
  3. ^ EURASIA INSIGHT, ABKHAZIA AND GEORGIA: READY TO RIDE ON THE PEACE TRAIN? (cached), 8.5.2005
  4. ^ Официальный визит Председателя Парламента Грузии Нино Бурджанадзе в Российскую Федерацию, (Russian)
  5. ^ Прекращено движение поезда Сухум - Гудаута, 8.1.2008
  6. ^ Don-Prigorod news, 30.06.2010
  7. ^ (Russian) В Абхазии наблюдается тенденция роста антироссийских настроений: интервью лидера партии ЭРА Беслана Бутбы. Regnum, 22.5.2009
  8. ^ (Russian) Это часть нашей стратегии по деизоляции Абхазии 02.11.2012
  9. ^ Opening the Abkhaz railway: Who stands to benefit, who will lose out? (1) 23.01.2013
  10. ^ Opening the Abkhaz railway: Who stands to benefit, who will lose out? (2) 29.01.2013
  11. ^ Abkhazia: Once again about the rail road 29.11.2012
  12. ^ Azerbaijan's contribution to the isolation of Abkhazia 22.01.2013
  13. ^ Russian railway in Caucasus a threat to Baku-Tbilisi-Ankara initiated projects 27.03.2013
  14. ^ Georgia's PM: South Caucasus Railway can be reopened 02.03.2013
  15. ^ https://rasp.yandex.ru/station/9620203?span=schedule

External links

  • Абхазская Железная Дорога (Abkhazian railway) (Russian)
  • История абхазской железной дороги (History of the Abkhazian railway) (Russian)

References

Photos

Currently there is only one train connection from the Russian Federation to Abkhazia. The train from Moscow to Sukhumi operates daily at the high touristic season in summer and twice a week at the low season. The additional trains from Belgorod and St. Petersburg operate during the touristic season in summer.[15]

[14][13] In late 2012 and early 2013 the new

On 15 May 2009 the President of Abkhazia, Sergey Bagapsh, announced that Abkhazia's railway and airport would be transferred to Russia with management rights for ten years, a decision which caused a negative outcry in Abkhazia. According to the Abkhaz tycoon and opposition party leader, Beslan Butba, this has led to growing anti-Russian sentiment in Abkhazia.[7]

There have been proposals to restore destroyed parts of the railway and re-establish rail traffic between Russia and the Trans-Caucasian countries of Armenia and Georgia. The alternative route through Azerbaijan is significantly longer and not available at all, in the case of Armenia, due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Georgia has long tied the restoration of rail traffic with the return of refugees to Abkhazia.

The Ochamchira-Sukhumi, Sochi-Sukhumi and Tkvarcheli-Sukhumi elektrichkas, that had operated at various times from 1993, no longer operated by 2007 due to various infrastructure problems. The last of the elektrichka, Gudauta-Sukhumi, was closed down on the end of 2007.[5] The Adler-Gagra train service was resumed on 26 June 2010 by the Don-Prigorod company.[6]

section was mainly repaired by Russia in 2004 and on 10 September 2004 the Moscow-Sukhumi train first arrived in the capital of Abkhazia. Sukhumi-Psou As the number of Russian tourists greatly increased in the 2000s, the [4] On 25 December 2002 the

The track between Achigvara and the Inguri River was dismantled. The rest of the railway line also suffered greatly during the war. After the war ended, traffic was restored along the line. The railway system of Abkhazia was isolated in the 1990s, due to the blockade imposed by Russia.

The bridge was subsequently restored but blown up again in 1993, after the end of the war. [3]

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