Jordan & Syria 2000

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Jordan & Syria, 2000

This gallery contains photographs of trains on the Hedjaz Railway in Jordan and Syria in the year 2000, before the unrest in the area.

These photographs were taken on an Enthusiast Holidays tour, organised by Vic Allen and led by Hugh Ballantine, in September 2000.  They are mainly of steam trains chartered for the tour group on the old Hejaz Railway.

The Hedjaz Railway was originally built to transport pilgrims from the city of Damascus in Syria to the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.  This 1050mm gauge railway was completed in 1908, but was severely damaged during the First World War (1914-1918) by Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt.

In 2000 a short portion of the railway was still in use for passenger and freight trains between Amman, in Jordan, and Damascus, in Syria.  An attraction was that some freight trains between Damascus and Daraa in Syria were still steam hauled at this late date.  Also there were steam-hauled trains on Fridays from Damascus into the hills nearby and steam trains could also be chartered for some other, disused, parts of the railway, such as south of Amman in Jordan and the Yarmuk Gorge in Syria.

This gallery is dedicated to the railway men of Jordan and Syria who’s hard and enthusiastic work made this tour so successful.

Jordan

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway around Amman station, Jordan

Around Amman station.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Amman to Qasir, Jordan

10/9/00, morning, Amman to Qasir (on the southern outskirts of Amman) with 2-8-2 51.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Amman to Qasir, Jordan

10/9/00, afternoon, Amman towards Qasir (on the southern outskirts of Amman) with 2-8-2 71.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Qatrana to Amman, Jordan

11/9/00, Qatrana (in the desert south of Amman) north towards Amman  with 2-8-2 51.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Amman to Qasir, Jordan

12/9/00, morning, Amman towards Qasir (on the southern outskirts of Amman) with 4-6-2 82.

Syria

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Dera'a, Syria

12/9/00, afternoon, run-pasts in Dera’a with 2-6-0T+T 66.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Yarmuk Gorge, Syria

13/9/00, morning, from Dera’a westwards down the Yarmuk Gorge as far as Zeizoun station and return with 2-8-2 262.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Dera'a - Damascus, Syria

13/9/00, afternoon, from Dera’a northwards to Damascus.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Damascus to Serghaya, Syria

14/9/00, from Damascus northwards towards the border with Lebanon at Serghaya and return with 0-6-2T 805.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Cadem locomotive works, Damascus, Syria

15/9/00, morning, visit to Cadem locomotive works.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Damascus - Teqieh, Syria

15/9/00, afternoon, from Damascus northwards to Teqieh and return with 0-6-2T 805.

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Bosra to Dera'a, Syria

16/9/00, morning, from Bosra to Dera’a with 2-8-2 262.

Jordan

Trains on the Hedjaz Railway, Mafraq - Amman, Jordan

16/9/00, afternoon, from Mafraq (north of Amman) to Amman with 4-6-2 82.