Pakistan Iran Turkey Cargo Train Service to Resume This Week. This is one of the good news for all those people who want to travel from Pakistan to Iran and turkey. Pakistan Railways has taken a decision to resume a trilateral container train to connect Pakistan with Turkey and Iran.
This train was starting from Istanbul on 4th March. It comes to Zahidan after almost 180 hrs. Reportedly Karachi is its destination. It will support 24 containers of 40 ft.”
From 4th March Pakistan had started a transnational cargo train. It connects the South Asian nation to Turkey via Iran (Tehran). This service started this week after a gap of 9 years.
However, this train will cover a distance of 6,566 km in the 3 countries (Pakistan, Iran, Turkey). The container train will cover a distance of 1,990 km from Islamabad and reach Iran. It will leave for Turkey via Tehran. However, this railway line will save money and greatly reduce travel time.
The first trial of this service was run in 2009, with a plan to strengthen communication and trade links among the three countries.
Due to security concerns and pending infrastructure developments the service was suspended in late 2011, after an exchange of 14 freight trains between Pakistan and Turkey.
Abdul Razak Dawood said the “Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad” train will complete the trip of one-side in about 12 days. In addition, it will have a space for transporting 750 metric tons of commercial goods.
Dawood wrote on Twitter that, this will strengthen the friendship between the three countries … and will facilitate a movement of goods between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.