Islamabad, 21 June: Freight train service between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan which halted after a train was derailed in southwestern Balochistan Province, Pakistan, two days ago has been restored.
At least six bogies of the goods train which was on its way to Quetta from Zahedan derailed Saturday near Dalbandin in the Chagai district.
No one was injured in the incident, Pakistan Railways said.
The poor condition of the Quetta-Taftan railway section has caused many such incidents in the past and needs immediate repair.
The freight train mostly carries cement, chemicals, and petrochemicals from Iran to Pakistan and some food and agricultural products to Iran.
Quetta-Taftan Railway route is one of four main railway routes in Pakistan, operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line begins from Quetta Station and ends at Koh-e-Taftan Station.
The total length of this railway line is 325 kilometers. There are 23 railway stations from Quetta to Koh-e-Taftan. The line then crosses into Iran and extends to Zahedan.
Six bogies of a Quetta-bound freight train overturned near Dalbandin tehsil of Chaghi district on Saturday morning.
As per details, the freight train was traveling from Iran’s Zahedan city to Quetta when six of its boggies overturned, suspending the Pak-Iran rail service.
Officials of the Pakistan Railways said the wagons overturned due to sand dunes covering the tracks.